The Florida Swimming Pool Association has announced that as of
2013, all of its continuing education classes will be free of
charge for members.
“This will be a good member benefit and should ramp up
attendance at the Orlando Pool & Spa show quite a bit,”
said Steve Bludsworth, FSPA board member and owner of All-Pool
Service & Supply in Orlando.
The new policy applies to classes offered by FSPA chapters
around the state as well as at the association’s show in
Orlando in February. However, it does not apply to Certified Pool
The offer is already generating enthusiasm from service
technicians, who are required to take 14 hours of continuing
education every two years to maintain their licenses. The classes
can cost up to several hundred dollars. FSPA memberships start at
$350 for smaller companies.
“I’ll probably take eight or nine classes. I take
them to broaden my scope even if I don’t need them for
continuing education,” said Ed Morse of Sunshine Pool and Spa
in Palm Beach Gardens.
“It’s always good to be on the cutting edge. There
are new chemicals coming out all the time, and they’re always
changing the building codes. It’s an easy way to stay on top
of everything that’s going on — legally and with new
products in the industry.”
Employees of FSPA member firms also are eligible to obtain the
education at no charge, which means that more service techs can
“It’s not going to cost me anything except time
off,” said Jackie Arnault, owner of The Pool Pleaser in
Orlando, which employs 19 service techs. “That’s big.
For me to send that many people to the FSPA classes would have cost
too much money, but I’ll pay them to go take classes at the
show. I think it’s important. I’m proud to take them to
my show, and I’m proud that they’re learning,”
Courses include those on water chemistry, motor repair,
APSP/ANSI standards and business techniques.
FSPA also is hoping to benefit from the classes by bringing in new
members. “I think it’s a good program. We always try to
find new benefits to get people to join,” said Bob Anthone,
who sits on FSPA’s Broward County Chapter board.