Industry Certifications for The Pool & Spa Professional

Experienced pool and hot tub professionals demonstrate their commitment to quality, expertise, safety, and professionalism with Certifications from the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (formerly APSP).

Once certified, you will join an elite group of professionals who stand out from the competition. Plus, you will fortify your reputation at the highest tier of industry reliability, respect, and trust.

Enhance your skills and knowledge

Build confidence in your abilities as a pool or hot tub professional

Learn the most efficient and cost-effective ways to use your time

Maximize your career potential for success

Open Testing Dates: Contact NESPA to Schedule

Completed a PHTA Certification Course and need to take or retake the exam? Interested in challenging a certification exam and need to learn more about the process? NESPA offers Opening Testing Days at our office in Hamilton, NJ.

To schedule a test date, you must contact NESPA at 609-689-9111 at least three business-days prior to discuss additional details, pre-qualifications, and advise us of any special considerations you may have.  All applicants must adhere to current health guidelines and safety protocols.  Testing groups will be limited and space is available on a first-come basis. Walk-ins will not be allowed.



The CPB exam has recently been updated and the new exam will be in place on Nov. 1, 2021. The PSCC course is still considered to be a suitable piece of your exam preparation for the updated exam, BUT if you wish to take the current exam, you must schedule your exam date by OCT. 15, 2021. The current CBP exam will be offered at our offices on October 12th and 28th.


ONLINE COURSES (learn more)
Online learning provides you with the flexibility to learn at your own pace and at times that work best for your schedule.  Each of the certifications offered online include an in-person testing opportunity so you can achieve your certification.


Take advantage of in-person classes to obtain your industry certifications. These multi-day classes are taught by industry experts.  This interactive learning environment is a great way to build an understanding of the course material and prepare for your certification exam.


The Pool & Hot Tub has announced a new pathway to obtain the Certified Builder Professional designation.  Learn more about this pathway on the GENESIS® website.

Prerequisites to Earn the CBP Designation

* Complete a GENESIS® Construction School course (C201 or C260)

* Pass the CBP Exam

Please Note! The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) is no longer offering the On-Demand Pool and Spa Construction Course (PSCC). Anyone who has already purchased the course will continue to have access to it through December 31, 2021. This includes any review of the course you may need prior to taking an exam. Contact us at 609.689.9111 with any questions.

Meet Licensing Requirements

Obtaining Industry Certifications are required to be a licensed pool builder and/or service contractor in Connecticut, New Jersey and in Rockland, Suffolk and Nassau Counties in New York State.  

Licensing Details for Our Region