I remember vividly the first time I met with a manufacturer rep. She was there to train me and a couple others on Baquacil, a late 80’s – 90’s chorine alternative.
She seemed so professional and informed. She carried her self as a true expert of her product. I remember being thrilled to get some qualified education from a person who was from the industry.
A few seasons later I sat for my CPO certificate. A class and test that is needed to manage a commercial pool. Over the last couple decades I’ve enjoyed continuing to take classes and attend industry events. There is nothing better than breaking from day to day grind in order to look up and remind yourself about the big picture.
It’s fascinating to see the needed embrace in education. The pool industry like the glass world was at one time a guarded secret. Knowledge only handed down from builders to assistants… now there are multiple fraternal organizations that are breeding collaboration and education into the field… or pool I should say!
Yesterday I qualified to teach the CBP class for the APSP. This certification is the first of its kind. Some states are beginning to require this industry class / test in order to obtain permits and conduct business in their home area. It challenges builders to demonstrate a working understanding of most parts of the industry. Many builders struggle with the general knowledge aspects of the industry as a whole – and this class is a way to ensure a higher level of professionalism for our industry. I first received my certification in 2014 and have continued to maintain my Certified Building Professional status since. In addition to the 3 hr exam; CBPs are required to maintain a certain number of Continuing Education credit hours. Now as an instructor, I look forward to helping my peers elevate their own accreditation in the Pool World.