Licensing Requirements 

On January 31, 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law a bill creating licensing requirements for both pool service contractors and pool builders/installers doing work in the State of New Jersey. While these licenses went into effect on July 31, 2019, the State has yet to put into place the steps for individuals to apply and update the licenses.

Licensing FAQs

Certification Programs

Pool & Spa Builder/Installer 

will be required to have

  • PHTA – Certified Builder Professional (CBP) or
  • Other certification acceptable to the board/committee (none approved at this time)
  • One Licensed Contractor per Company

Pool & Spa Service Contractor 

will be required to have

  • PHTA-Certified Service Technician (CST)  or
  • PHTA-Certified Service Professional (CSP) or PHTA– Certified Builder Professional (CBP) or PHTA– Certified Hot Tub Technician (CHTT) – (limited to spa service only);  or
  • Other certifications acceptable to the Board/Committee (non-approved at this time)
  • One Licensed Individual per Company

   Employees in the field not under the direct supervision of a licensee will be required to have

  • 3 years of practical experience and be a PHTA – Certified Maintenance Specialist (CMS). 
  • Exemptions: simply cleaning pool equipment and components, pool vacuuming, sanitation of water, and backwash filtration – training for these services can be done by the licensee to the employee.

Grandfathering Period 

  • For 24 months after the Pool and Spa Service Contractors and Pool and Spa Builders and Installers Advisory Committee adopts the licensing regulations,  there will be a “grandfathering” period where it is not necessary to achieve the certifications if the following can be met
  1. References from at least 1 trade-related business and 1 financial institution to verify business existence
  2. Certificate of good standing less than 30 days old from the Secretary of State of NJ or State where the company is incorporated
  3. 3 current references from PHTA members attesting to knowledge, and skills as a service contractor OR builder/installer
  • The Grandfathering period will allow professionals additional time to achieve their required certifications for their license.  Once grandfathering is over, certifications will be required for new licensees as well as renewing license holders.


  • must be renewed every three years; continuing education requirements to be determined by licensing board

Pool and Spa Service Contractors and Pool and Spa Builders and Installers Advisory Committee:  P.L. 2019 c. 22 established the Pool and Spa Service Contractors and Pool and Spa Builders and Installers Advisory Committee, under the Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors, within the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs. Licenses to engage in work as a pool and spa service contractor and pool and spa builder and installer are not yet available.  The law includes a "grandfathering" provision that authorizes the Committee to issue a Pool and Spa Service Contractor and Pool and Spa Builders and Installers license without examination under certain circumstances. To afford applicants the full 24 months within which to make application, the 24 month grandfathering period will begin when regulations adopted by the Committee become effective.

click to view on the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs website

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