Texas Electrical License Update

November 1, 2020- Texas Adopted the 2020 NEC (National Electric Code)-

All Pool Construction and Repairs should meet the requirements of the 2020 NEC.

 

Also- anyone preparing for their Texas Residential Appliance Installer License- (RAIL) for repair and maintenance of pool and spa electrical equipment-

Should prepare now with the 2020 NEC .

My Prep classes for the RAIL License now use the 2020 NEC. I offer the RAIL class every 2 weeks or so.

For currently licensed RAIL holders-

Watch for 2020 NEC Update classes.

2020 NEC Code Update

Free

classes now scheduled !!

May 19

CPO Options during the CoVid-19 Pandemic

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Our world has changed. While maintaining safety and health we must also look forward.

 

PHTA, the organization that writes and administers the CPO (Certified Pool Operator) Program. Has released a Limited Time Option for the CPO Program to allow for Online Classes and Testing! 

Limited Time Option

Please be aware that if Your State Health Department sets an end date- You will certainly want to be done with class and pass the exam before that date.

Some states have begun to no longer allow the virtual CPO class- Wyoming, Iowa, Nebraska, some counties in Alabama. Personally, I think this is very short sighted. I have received calls from people that were in in-person classes where someone was diagnosed with COVID while they were in the class. The classroom could become a Spreader event. I would think that the state department of health would be most concerned about the health of the people in their state.  

Please check with your local health department before you register for class, if there is any question. 

I am excited to restart the schedule of in-person classes, when can do so safely. I have begun Live in-person CPO classes in areas where the vaccination rates are high. I will continue to monitor and add classes as different areas increase their vaccination rates and for areas where the rules are safer.

Please get vaccinated- That is how we all get back to "Normal".

I expect to continue the 100%online classes for many months- probably until the end of the year.- Depending on local health departments rules.

For the 100% online classes- Here is the 3 part plan-

100% Online CPO is 3 Steps

Step One -Register for the online class- Pool Operator Primer ($225)       www.educational-leverage.com/product-page/pool-operator-primer 

After the Pool Operator Primer online course is completed- You must have a Certificate of Completion-Expect the Pool Operator Course to take 8-12 hours to complete ( I have had some students take double that amount of time- so give yourself enough time to complete.)

Step 2- Register for a Live online webinar- ($140) This portion will be approximately 6-7 hours with a 30 minute break. For Step 2 & 3- You must have a webcam and microphone.  I must see that you are present and I must be able to watch you take the exam. If I cannot verify that I observed you take the test, then you will not be certified- regardless of your test score!

This webinar will include much important information including digitally the handouts from an in-person class, review of calculations, and review for the exam.

During the Live online webinar, you will be able to ask questions- either by chat or during some periods, with your microphone, by voice. 

This live Webinar will be run almost the same as a normal second day of the 2 day class. In addition to the review of the calculations and other information that you need to know for the test, there is an emphasis on the VGB act and related safety issues that are crucial for the safety of your pool.

Following the Webinar Review, the exam will be available online with a voucher available after you have completed the Webinar.

Step 3- Register for the Online Exam- ($30 included in the webinar above) 

You will NOT be allowed to register for the exam without completing Steps 1 & 2. With the voucher for the exam that you will receive after completing the webinar, you will have 3 hours to take the online exam. I must be able to watch you take the exam. If I cannot verify that I observed you take the test, then you will not be certified- regardless of your test score!

When you take the online test- you will know your score as soon as you finish the test.

Total cost for the online CPO class- $225 + $140= $365 - you must pass the exam.

Texas Adopts 2018 ISPSC for Pool Construction, Remodeling AND Repairs- September 1, 2020

HB2858 was signed by the Governor last year-
"(b) To protect the public health, safety, and welfare, the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code, as it existed on May 1, 2019, is adopted as the municipal swimming pool and spa code in this state." (Click here to see HB2858)
ISPSC 2018
[A] 102.4 Additions, alterations or repairs. Additions, alterations, renovations or repairs to any pool, spa or related system shall conform to that required for a new system .....

I offer 3 live Webinar classes for orientation to this ISPSC code-
1. Pool Builders ($250/ person including ISPSC book & Handout) 3-4 hours
2. Service & Repair ($200/person including ISPSC book and Handout) 3+ hours
3. Inspectors and Builders- ICC/PHTA have an approved course. This is a 6 hour Course is scheduled through PHTA.  In the Austin area, if you would like to do 3rd Party Inspections, The 6 hour course is the one that you need.
Contact PHTA to register for the 6 hour course-
contact me for Private classes for large groups.
See Quick Dates for class dates &
Class Registration to register & pay for classes.
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NRPA AFO Now online

Watch for the next class-Register for a Live online NRPA AFO webinar- ($365). You must register in advance- so I can ship the books and materials for arrival to you before the beginning of the class..

 This webinar will be 2 days approximately 6-8 hours each day with a 30 minute break. You must have a webcam and microphone.  I must see that you are present and I must be able to watch you take the exam. If I cannot verify that I observed you take the class and complete test, then you will not be certified- regardless of your test score!

This webinar will include much important information including digitally the handouts from an in-person class, review of calculations, and review for the exam.

During the Live online webinar, you will be able to ask questions- either by chat or during some periods, with your microphone by voice. 

This live Webinar will be run almost the same as a normal 2 day class. In addition to the review of the calculations and other information that you need to know for the test, there is an emphasis on the VGB Act and related safety issues that are crucial for the safety of your pool.

Following the Webinar Review, the exam will be available online in a third Zoom meeting available after you have completed the 2 day Webinar.

Watch for Upcoming Webinars

CoVid-9 Pool Updates

There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19. www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/water.html

However, that does not mean that pool areas are safe from transmission of CoVid-19- Social Distancing is Crucial at this time. Locker rooms, showers and all surfaces need to be regularly sanitized. Check this link for CDC/CMAHC recommendations.

Hopefully, we will see a drop in infection rates and death rates in the next few weeks. I look forward to teaching in a classroom setting. When it is safe for both the people in class and myself..

Webinars -Now!

  1. Texas Electrical License Prep (RAIL)

  2. ISPSC Review and Training for Pool Builders 

  3. ISPSC Review and Training for Pool Service and Maintenance

  4. Certified Pool Operator (CPO) (Three parts)

  5. NRPA AFO- Aquatic Facility Operator

These are Live Online Webinar classes where you will receive class materials by FedEx or download or both and you are allowed to ask questions in real time- as I teach the class.

I have had many requests for additional courses and topics. 

Please watch for additional workshops and courses including:

  • Backyard Pool and Spa Safety Checklist Orientation Classes

  • Basic Electricity

  • Hydraulics and Plumbing for Service and Maintenance

  • Water Chemistry Beyond the Basics

And a variety of topics to help you run a more profitable business.

Current Classroom Courses:

On Hold for CoVid-19

Please refer back to this website for course and calendar updates.
If you would like to receive emails for upcoming training events,
please enter your email at the bottom of this page or send Kevin a quick email-Kevin Tucker - Kevin.Tucker2011@gmail.com Please include your city and state. I try to email to specific areas- Trying to avoid spam.

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Class Tuition Reimbursement

Classes taken through Educational Leverage, LLC may qualify for reimbursement through IPSSA’s Education Fund. Once a qualified course is passed, applicants have 90 days to submit the information to the IPSSA Education Committee for review and approval. Classes can be reimbursed up to $200 and Individuals can apply for this benefit 2x per calendar year. For full program guidelines and application instruction click here: IPSSA Education Fund

Currently, I am watching the COVID trends daily.

I am excited to restart the schedule of in-person classes, when can do so safely.
I have begun Live in-person CPO classes in areas where the vaccination rates are high. I will continue to monitor and add classes as different areas increase their vaccination rates and for areas where the rules are safer.

Please get vaccinated- That is how we all get back to "Normal".

I expect to continue some online classes for the rest of the year.

Please watch for these updates.

ISPSC International Swimming Pool and Spa Code Review and Calculations Training (ISPSC) For Pool Builders-($250/person)

ISPSC International Swimming Pool and Spa Code Review and Calculations Training (ISPSC) For Pool Service-($200/person)

Texas Residential Appliance Installer License (RAIL) Preparation Classes ($450/person)

NSPF (now PHTA) Certified Pool Operator (CPO) Classes (online self-paced plus live webinar and exam-$365 total 3 parts)

NRPA Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) Classes ($365/person)

APSP (Now PHTA) Pool and Spa Construction Course (PSCC) leading to CBP- Certified Building Professional after passing CBP exam. ($675/person)

Plus a variety of online courses