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California Approves PHTA Apprenticeship Program


The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) is pleased to announce that California approved the participation of PHTA’s Apprenticeship Program in the state’s Apprenticeship System, paving the way for a national program designed to develop a highly-skilled workforce for the pool and hot tub industry.

“The purpose of any apprenticeship program is to offer specific training in a career development environment and produce candidates for hire in that field,” said Sabeena Hickman, the president and CEO of PHTA. “PHTA’s Apprenticeship Program will match interested member companies with prospective pool and hot tub maintenance specialist and pool and hot tub service technician apprentices who will receive both classroom and on-the-job education.”

“This program could not have happened without the hard work and dedication of the Apprenticeship and Training Committee, comprised of Jennifer Farwell, the director of PHTA’s Western Office, David Hawes, the CFO of the Independent Pool And Spa Association (IPSSA), and Steve Homer, the vice president of the United Pool Association (UPA),” said Hickman.

California’s registered apprenticeship program enables employers the ability to create training programs that will ultimately improve the quality of the workforce and increase consumer awareness of the pool and hot tub industry’s professionalism.

For more information, please contact Janay Rickwalder, PHTA’s vice president of marketing and communications, at jrickwalder@phta.org or 703.357.3918.


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