Suggested Tracks depending on the student’s primary job description. These are not requirements – just suggested options:
If you design or present designs in a sales capacity, consider this elective curriculum. Design
is a science where natural laws, including audio and visual response, mathematical ratios, and color
theory conspire to make a project succeed or, in the case of poor design, fail. We strongly recommend
completing the GENESIS® Degree which may include these electives.
Water Feature Designer
Water features differ from pools and spas in many ways and are often used in unsecure
locations requiring certain safety considerations. The GENESIS® Degree will provide a thorough set
of tools to handle almost any water feature but if you design water features, consider adding these
tools to your bag.
Construction Foremen are critical to project success. They need to understand the technology
of construction materials and methods and deliver them in a fast but organized sequence of
choreographed steps. If you are a construction foreman or if you manage foremen, consider this
curriculum in addition to the GENESIS® Associate certification.
- CONSTRUCTION 401: Advanced Watershape Construction
- CONSTRUCTION 402: Best Practices for Cast-In-Place Concrete Construction as Designated by the ACI
- CONSTRUCTION 403: Best Practices for Shotcrete Construction as Designated by the ASA and ACI
- BUSINESS 163: Construction Superintendents – Finding, Training, and Performing at a High Level
Business owners have a unique set of challenges they face every day. From operations and
liability to cash flow and profitability, the owner is more likely to focus on the business than the
details of design, engineering, construction, or service. Business owners are encouraged to learn from
our experienced faculty that brings decades of knowledge to the classroom so that you won’t have to
learn in the school of hard-knocks.
- BUSINESS 101: Operating Philosophies, Plans, and Procedures
- BUSINESS 102: Marketing and Lead Cultivation
- BUSINESS 106: Design and Construction Agreements
- BUSINESS 204: You Can Be Better
- BUSINESS 306: Elements of Litigation
- BUSINESS 308: Attracting and Working with High-End Clients
- BUSINESS 321: Company Valuation & Exit Strategy
- BUSINESS 331: Job Costing for Profit Versus Existence
Many builders in the pool and spa industry have retail and service operations. Intelligent sales
personnel should be able to answer technical questions from their customers on everything from
chemistry to hydraulic design in the case of equipment replacement. In addition to CPO® and ASTCM
certifications discussed below please consider these programs as well.
Commercial Pool Operations
PHTA’s flagship Certified Pool Operator® (CPO®) program instructs tens of thousands of students
every year and has helped protect millions of swimmers by reducing hazards at aquatic facilities. A
CPO® Certification provides individuals with the basic knowledge, techniques, and skills of pool and
spa operations and is the world’s leading verifiable pool and spa training credential.
Residential Pool Operations
The Advanced Service Technician™ (ASTCM) Certification is a comprehensive
blend of online and classroom training designed to provide service professionals
with the knowledge and skills to fully service residential pools and spas. AST
Certification provides in-depth instruction on aquatic facility operation, water
treatment procedures, equipment servicing, business management tactics, jobsite
risk management, workplace safety best practices, equipment maintenance,
installation and repair, aquatic structure types, finishes, and local codes.