What is The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP)?
The APSP is the world’s largest international trade association and leading advocate representing the swimming pool and spa industry. Members adhere to a code of business ethics and share a commitment to public health and safety in the use of swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs.
The APSP website has a wealth of information for perspective pool owners you can check it out here:
It is important that your pool builder, and even service professional, be a member of the APSP because it points to their credibility and professionalism. Any reputable swimming pool builder or service company will be a member of the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals. Pool Pros is a member of the APSP.
You can search for members of the APSP in your area here:
The APSP also offers professional certifications. These certifications are an important indicator to both the knowledge, and the commitment towards safety and continuing education, of your swimming pool builder or service provider. Some of the certifications offered by the APSP include:
NSPF Certified Pool and Spa Operator (CPO)
Certified Maintenance Specialist (CMS)
Certified Service Technician (CST)
Certified Hot Tub Technician (CHTT)
Certified Building Professional (CBP)
Mike Bowers President of Pool Pros has earned ALL of the above certifications. (More on Mike's Experience and Certifications here.)
So what is a Certified Building Professional?
Here is what the APSP has to say about their CBP certification:
The CBP certification further enhances the knowledge, credibility and professionalism of an APSP member builder. This is the highest of the professional certifications from the APSP that your swimming pool builder can hold. Finding a swimming pool and spa builder who is a member of the APSP and has attained the CBP should be an important step in the process of finding a reputable builder.
The APSP CBP program enhances the professional identity and academic background of our builder members through an emphasis on ethical standards, commitment to the highest standards of construction and workmanship, business stability and superior customer relations. To earn this certification, qualified APSP members must successfully complete a standardized written examination that measures their knowledge of residential and commercial pool and spa construction. APSP builders who have attained this academic achievement are allowed the privilege of posting the prestigious designation of CBP with their name. And much the same as any professional certification, CBP must complete ongoing continuing education requirements on a regular basis in order to maintain their certification.
For more information on the APSP recommendations for Choosing a Professional Pool Builder:
Pool Pros Recommendation:
Hire only those professionals who have demonstrated their commitment to sound building standards, ethical business practices and your safety by becoming members of the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals. In addition, to further protect your investment and give yourself the added peace of mind, hire a CPB to build your swimming pool. Basically, a pool builder who is a CPB is akin to an accountant who is a CPA, or a dentist who is a DDS. Mike Bowers President of Pool Pros is a CBP.
You can view a list of current APSP members who have earned their CBP designation here: