By Tim Long
In this industry populated by people, who have learned their craft by the seat of their pants, or from others who did the same, it is nice to know there is a place where quality workmanship and industry standards are actually taught. Dave Boyd, my business partner, and I recently attended such a school, so that when were are asked why, we would not respond, “that’s just the way we always have done it”.
The school was taught by the renowned Genesis 3 Design Group. It is a joint effort by three of the finest pool designers in the world, David Tisherman, Skip Phillips and Brian Van Bower. It is the only pool and spa construction school in the United States that is accredited by IACET, the International Association for Continuing Education and Training. Genesis efforts, in offering this course as well as a number of other courses, that range from the technical aspects of the pool industry to designing the most artistic pools in existance, should be lauded. As a by product of their work, they have also created a network of designers and builders who are continually pushing the bar, setting the standards higher and higher!
Having been in the industry for almost 20 years, first as a service professional, then as a pool renovator, designer and builder, I have seen first hand the poor standards most pool companies hold for themselves. It is a said fact these companies are not even aware of the standards set by fine organizations such as the American Concrete Institue or the Ceramic Tile Institue of America, let alone make their project specification adhere to their basic guidelines. Furthermore, I have previously attended certain trade association’s classes, and have been far less than impressed. With some associations, it seems they are more concerned with giving out ludicrous awards and patting themselves on the back, than in the delivery a quality product. It’s no wonder the pool industry has such a bad reputation.
Wanting to establish our company as above the average, we decided to complete the requirements of this course, which was followed by a thorough examination, given according to IACET standards. Both Dave and I learned a significant amount of information and were able network with a number of like-minded professions. More importantly, we both passed the examination. In the category of “tooting my own horn”, I was able to bring home the all time best examination score, and be quite proud of it!