In The News: September 2003

Take-Home Tech I Course Offered By NSPI

The National Spa & Pool Institute now offers builders the opportunity to study the Tech I course from home, allowing them to progress at their own pace or as their training schedule permits.

Tech I is the first and most basic of three levels in the NSPI Service Technician Certification Program, which includes the Tech I, Tech II and Certified programs. NSPI members who successfully complete the Certified level of the program are granted the CSP (Certified Service Professional) designation.

Tech I course participants receive the NSPI Service Tech Manual, as well as the Tech I workbook, which is divided into two parts.

Participants simply complete the workbook and mail it to NSPI within 12 months. They can then sit for the Tech 1 exam. A score of 75 percent or better is required in order to earn the Tech 1 registration.

The course fee is $350 for NSPI members and $700 for non-members. This fee covers the manual, workbooks and exam processing.

For more information or to enroll in the Tech I course, contact Bird Dawson at 703/838-0083, ext. 152, or e-mail [email protected].

NSPI Updates Reference Manual

The National Spa & Pool Institute is offering updates to its NSPI Residential Pool & Spa Builders Reference Manual, 2nd Edition.

The updates will feature improved graphics and pages in the manual that have been revised.

To request copies of the new pages, email Jaime Day at [email protected] or call 703/838-0083, ext. 158. NSPI asks that those requesting the manual provide their name, a company name and a mailing address. Updates of the manual can also be downloaded from the education portion of NSPI's Web site,

The Builders Reference Manual costs NSPI members $249, and nonmembers $349. Those who order the manual will receive a copy of the updates free of charge, as well as a package of reference publications for pool and spa builders, which includes a complete set of NSPI standards, the NSPI Loss Control Manual, Water Treatment Information Bulletins and several consumer safety brochures.

To purchase the Builders Reference Manual, contact NSPI's Member Services Center at [email protected] or phone 703/838-0083, ext. 301.

Water Pik Acquires Air Energy Heat Pumps

Water Pik Technologies, Petaluma, Calif., the parent company of Jandy, recently acquired the assets of Air Energy Heat Pumps and affiliates, a privately held Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.based manufacturer.

"The acquisition of Air Energy will accelerate the growth of our pool and spa equipment business," says Michael Hoopis, president and CEO of Water Pik Technologies.

"In addition to being an excellent strategic fit, heat pumps strengthen our position as the worldwide leader in pool and spa heating."

John Zakryk, founder and president of Air Energy, says, "We are proud of our success at Air Energy and to be associated with an organization like Jandy. The Jandy-Air Energy product synergy and shared focus to exceed customer expectations position the company well for growth." 

Spa Builders' Move Complete

Spa Builders Systems Group has moved to a state-of-the-art, 60,000square-foot manufacturing facility in Corona, Calif. The company's new address is 9225 Stellar Court, Corona, CA 92883. The company can also be reached at 866/NEW-SBSG or faxed at 909/667-2902.

Updated Web Site

Acu-Trol, Auburn, Calif., has redesigned its Web site to provide new and existing automatic controller users a better understanding of current aquatics automation technology. Acu-Trol says the information will help dealers and consumers better understand the possibilities of automatic controls.

New Design Awards Program

Caretaker Systems, Scottsdale, Ariz., is introducing a design awards program called CSI's Gold Star of Excellence Design Awards Program for its dealers. Award winners will be announced at the company's annual dealer incentive trip.

The program grants awards at three levels based on design quality and beauty: The Gold Star of Excellence Award, the Silver Star of Excellence Award and the Award of Merit.

For more information or for an entry form, contact a CSI sales representative at 800/762-0647.

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