The Foundation for Pool & Spa Industry
Education has several new board members and is preparing for
its new educational season.
FPSIE has been rebuilding since a change of leadership and
restructuring resulted in the return of Michael Orr as executive
director of business development earlier this year.
Soon the organization will release a new set of online courses
geared toward the service sector, which also can be used to help
technicians prepare for the APSP Certified Maintenance Specialist certification
exam. The program will be broken up into five modules covering
electricity, chemistry, hydraulics, maintenance and customer
“People not trying to get APSP certification can buy the
modules they want,” Orr said. “The online courses allow
a person to do their normal day work and still be able to take the
courses anytime they want — night, day or
The group plans to promote the electrical module, in particular,
outside the industry.
Those who do want the certification, however, would have to
purchase all six modules and complete them within a year. The
professional then could take the supervised CMS exam. The APSP
companion book for
the courses also will be available through FPSIE.
FPSIE aims to release the courses by the end of August.
The organization also will host five-day in-class CMS courses at
its facility in Sacramento. Those are expected to begin in the
fall, along with the rest of its educational slate.
In other FPSIE news, the group has added four new directors to its
board. They include Sue Robach, regional training manager for
Pentair Water Pool and Spa in Sanford, N.C., and Fred Hare, a
longtime Pentair instructor and current aquatic consultant. Also on
the board are Karl Sense, CPA and partner at Gallina, LLP, in
Roseville, Calif., and Brian Long, chief information
officer/information technology manager of Chem Quip Inc. in
Phil Gelhaus, former president of General Pool and Spa Supply in
Rancho Cordova, Calif., will remain as
FPSIE chairman at least until September, when his term ends.
In the coming months, FPSIE plans to expand its Board of Directors
to include up to 20 members. “We have a vision of having a
much larger, more diverse board of directors, representing a lot of
the interests in our industry, especially individuals who have
educational backgrounds, so that when we design curricula, we do
have support and don’t leave anyone out,” Orr said.