Specialty Education

In addition to the PSP/Deck Expo core conference program, we have partnered with the industry's leading organizations to offer these certification and specialty educational programs.

Registration for any of these programs includes admission to the course, access to the exhibit hall, a Conference Super Pass,  and admission to the Welcome Party. All events and sessions require pre-registration.


 

American Shotcrete Association

 

ASA Shotcrete Nozzleman Education Course Presented by the American Shotcrete Association


Tuesday, November 15  | 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: $395 (Early Bird) | Includes Super Pass

This course is designed for shotcrete nozzlemen, individuals involved with the inspection of shotcrete, and anyone interested in learning about the principles and practices that must be known and understood for a nozzleman to satisfy his role in the quality application of the shotcrete process. 
 
ASA Nozzleman Education Courses present an overview on placement technique, finishing, curing, testing, equipment and safety as it relates to the nozzleman and the shotcrete process. This course also helps to prepare individuals for participation in the ACI Nozzleman Certification program. ACI required work experience, written exam, performance exam and other program criteria will be discussed. Speaker: Charles Hanskat
 


Quality Shotcrete – Know It When You See It (Presented by ASA) - WITH Exam
 

Wednesday, November 16  | 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Cost: $625, exam included (Early Bird) | Includes Super Pass

Pool Builders, though you may have used shotcrete contractors for years on your projects do you know what to look for to confirm you’re getting the best quality for your money? Though shotcrete is a placement method for concrete the process has fundamentally different equipment, material selection, crew responsibilities, application techniques, testing, curing and protection that need to be considered for producing high-quality and durable shotcrete you as a pool contractor and the owner expect.

This seminar from ASA provides guidance on over 40 critical elements of shotcrete applications for those onsite to properly evaluate the overall quality of shotcrete placement.  These include an overview on material selections, equipment, placement techniques, finishing, curing, protection, testing, and safety as it relates to the shotcrete process. For shotcrete contractors, this seminar will help you verify the quality of your work to your general contractors and inspectors.

Please Note
Those individuals pursuing ACI Shotcrete Inspector Certification may take the required 90-minute written exam at the conclusion of this seminar. Learn more about the ACI Shotcrete Inspector Certification Program.  

Quality Shotcrete – Know It When You See It (Presented by ASA) - WITHOUT Exam
 

Wednesday, November 16  | 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Cost: $405, NO exam included (Early Bird) | Includes Super Pass

Pool Builders, though you may have used shotcrete contractors for years on your projects do you know what to look for to confirm you’re getting the best quality for your money? Though shotcrete is a placement method for concrete the process has fundamentally different equipment, material selection, crew responsibilities, application techniques, testing, curing and protection that need to be considered for producing high-quality and durable shotcrete you as a pool contractor and the owner expect.

This seminar from ASA provides guidance on over 40 critical elements of shotcrete applications for those onsite to properly evaluate the overall quality of shotcrete placement.  These include an overview on material selections, equipment, placement techniques, finishing, curing, protection, testing, and safety as it relates to the shotcrete process. For shotcrete contractors, this seminar will help you verify the quality of your work to your general contractors and inspectors.

Speaker for the ASA Course: Charles Hanskat

 

National Plasterers Council

 

NPC's Start-Up Technician Certification Course


Tuesday, November 16 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cost: $440 Member / $635 Non-Member (Early Bird) | Includes Super Pass

This 8-hour program will certify an individual in the National Plasterers Council industry method of properly starting up the water chemistry and care of a newly surfaced swimming pool and/or spa.

The course will cover six primary areas:

  1. Basics of Plastering Materials & Applications
  2. Basics of Pool Water Chemistry
  3. Review of Various Test Kits & Testing Methods
  4. General Start-up Procedures & Timeline
  5. Understanding the Langelier Saturation Index
  6. Identification of Common Problems & Solutions 

The course will conclude with a sixty (60) minute written test (80% is required to pass). Certification is valid for three (3) years.  Each attendee will receive a Course Workbook, NPC Technical Manual, IPPSA Basic Training Manual, and laminated Pool Start-up Card. Speaker: Kent Westfall

 

Watershape University Education

 

Watershape University C3611: Essential Plaster Workshop


Saturday, November 12 – Sunday, November 13 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm daily
Cost: $1,400  (Early Bird) | Includes Super Pass

This class defines and resolves frustrating disconnects that have long existed between pool builders, plaster applicators, and service technicians. By combining these three disciplines and the key phases they encompass, students completing this class will fully understand concrete pool expectations in terms of a finished application, successful start-up, and satisfying project goals and intentions. 


Watershape University C2711: Major Renovations Workshop


Saturday, November 12 – Sunday, November 13 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm daily
Cost: $1,400  (Early Bird) | Includes Super Pass

As existing pools age and ownership turns over to a new generation, major renovations have become a larger and larger part of the watershape construction market. This in-depth, two-day major renovation design course is formatted with a series of targeted lectures supporting an interactive renovation design project.


Watershape University C4112: Advanced Watershape Construction - Wellness


Saturday, November 12 – Sunday, November 13 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm daily
Cost: $1,400  (Early Bird) | Includes Super Pass

Wellness is a broad term that encompasses everything from diet and exercise to mindfulness and physical therapy. As the watershaping industry embraces this healthy trend and growing market it is with little guidance on the underlying principles and risk in the design and construction phases. There is tremendous potential for our industry to become the leaders in this emerging space. Instructors will list several wellness elements and explain the physiology, design, construction and operation thereof.


Watershape University C4271: Vanishing and Slot Edge Design, Engineering & Construction


Monday, November 14 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 
Cost: $900 (Early Bird) | Includes Super Pass

This focused eight-hour program deconstructs the artistry of the edge and exposes the technical challenges with solutions that include everything from reinforcing steel to new fluid engineering analysis tools. Students are expected to have a smartphone or tablet to access the analysis tools. 


Watershape University C3341: Essential Plumbing Workshop


Monday, November 14 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 
Cost: $900 (Early Bird) | Includes Super Pass

This course not only teaches the basics for how to evaluate the plumbing system required for specific system being installed, but it also dives deeper into the specific means and methods necessary to install these elements in order to ensure the long term success of the project.


Watershape University B1611: Business Administration Essentials


Monday, November 14 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 
Cost: $900 (Early Bird) | Includes Super Pass

Operating a construction, service, and/or retail business can be a rewarding experience but it also comes with great responsibility and potential liability. Quality watershaping firms need to be on top of their games in both their external client-facing efforts, and also internally on corporate / personnel-facing operations. This 8-hour lecture introduces student to a broad range of important management topics and provides tools to help them apply basic best practices to their business.