The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) launched the Registered Pool Maintenance and Service Technician Apprenticeship Program in an effort to assist in building a more skilled and diverse workforce, expand the workforce of service professionals in the aquatics industry. As a registered apprenticeship program, this program has been validated by the U.S. Department of Labor and provides employers access to larger talent pools.
Free to PHTA members, the program will help close the skills gap in the pool and hot tub industry by allowing individuals to earn wages while receiving hands-on training to successfully fill the need for skilled service technician and maintenance professionals.
“Now more than ever, the pool industry is seeking a workforce to keep up with the demand of our products and services,” says PHTA president and CEO, Sabeena Hickman. “The PHTA Registered Pool Maintenance and Service Technician Apprenticeship Program will expand opportunities to reskill displaced workers, upskill incumbent workers and develop new entrants to the workforce.”
PHTA Chairman of the Board Franceen Gonzales says the PHTA is excited to offer this program to the industry. “In partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, we will deliver a program that exceeds our members expectations and creates a new funnel of talented and trained employees,” she adds.
The PHTA Registered Pool Maintenance and Service Technician Apprenticeship Program will leverage PHTA’s signature educational programming, aligned to its ANSI Standards and certifications, to cultivate pool service professionals who will be equipped to service and maintain aquatic environments. Upon completion of the program, apprentices will be eligible to take the exam for the PHTA certifications.