It is always important to stay up to date and informed on the new regulations and licensing requirements that your swimming pool contractors have to meet in the state of Florida. This year, a new bill coming before the Florida legislature would require all pool service technicians statewide, including those who perform only chemical adjustments, to be swimming pool/spa servicing contractors. Currently, Florida pool service techs who do no more than adjust chemicals and clean pools don’t need a special license from the state. Senate Bill 156 has been filed, and Rep. Larry Ahern (R-FL 66th Dist.) is putting together the House’s version of the proposal. Currently, a pool service tech must work for a licensed pool contractor for a year or be a college graduate in a related field, then complete a 60-hour course before being allowed to take the license exam. The proposal would eliminate the time and degree requirements, and substitute 20 additional hours of training. This would benefit a service tech who wants to be licensed, but can’t afford to give up their business to work for someone else for a year.

The proposal also has the backing of the Independent Pool & Spa Service Association. “We’re creating the course that these people would take,” said Todd Starner, IPSSA Chapter 11 president. “We’re going forward with the class and creating it with the idea the law will pass.” IPSSA’s Board of Regional Directors at its November meeting approved spending $43,000 to develop the course. In addition, the Swimming Pool TAC also moved not to recommend to the commission that it adopt the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code at this time. The state’s recent changes to its swimming pool rules — including moving jurisdiction of building public pools from the state’s health department to building departments — contributed to this decision.

State officials will have an opportunity to change their minds in three years, when code revisions will be entertained once again. We want to thank Pool & Spa News for this information. If you would like to read more, please visit http://www.poolspanews.com/2013/021/021n_license.html and http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/cilb/index.html.

If you still have some questions or would like to discuss these changes more in depth, Craig Cohen is always willing to speak with his clients about the changes in the swimming pool industry, so do not hesitate to reach out to him! Happy Swimming!