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Master Courses

To earn your Certified Master Builder and Design Professional credential, you must successfully complete the following courses:

Learning Objectives

  • Examine how to render science-based decisions on project alternatives.
  • Examine soil sciences that prove useful in everyday swimming pool and spa projects.
  • Discuss details for construction components and methods.
  • Identify the limitations of the pool contractor and the necessity for seeking professional engineering guidance when appropriate.

Description

This course is an advanced construction one-day school intended to discuss advanced soil mechanics, difficult site solutions, and more advanced concrete science than presented in the basic C201: GENESIS® Construction School. The course also delves into alternative pool construction materials, major defect repair, and the rehabilitation of old pools.

Time/Credits

8:00 hrs
0.8 IACET CEUs

Learning Objectives

  • Analyze art examples; review principal areas of composition
  • Identify categories of outdoor spaces
  • Define site elements that occupy and enhance the function and esthetic of the space
  • Review case studies on the use of outdoor space

Description

“The pool is but a mirror, reflecting that which you wish to accentuate beyond it.” As part of the new GENESIS Master Designer Methods series, Bianchi will retrain your thinking of water vessel design. “The pool is often built first in the sequence of outdoor improvements. For the best integration, however, it should actually be designed last.” Bianchi’s method will require students to rethink their design approach, with a landscape-based process that considers the functionality of the entire space first. The course lecture and projects will focus on sightlines, living spaces, traffic flow, spatial considerations, and more.

Time/Credits

16:00 hrs
1.6 IACET CEUs

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the history of water features.
  • Review historic water features and vessels, from ancient water features through the 21st Century.
  • Identify global water features.
  • Discuss contemporary features.
  • Examine how history incorporates into the design and development of a student’s creation today.

Description

Water features have been a part of the landscape since ancient times. Are you familiar with the world's most famous water features? Can you effectively answer questions from your clients about them? Dive into the world of water history. This course will guide you through the world's most renowned swimming pools and water features from ancient (the world's first known swimming pool), historical (Versailles), to today's contemporary installations (Marina Bay Sands; Amangiri Resort, Utah). We'll identify the who's who of today's most influential water feature designers and why this knowledge is necessary to relate to your clientele. DESIGN 280: History of Pools and Water Features is an SWD core curriculum course meeting the architectural style requirement.

*Virtual Training Information: Additional homework and supplemental studies will be included in the curriculum for students to complete the course.

Time/Credits

16:00 hrs
1.2 IACET CEUs

Learning Objectives

  • Acquaint building officials, health officials, pool contractors, and designers with the definition of ‘standard’, ‘code’, and ‘ordinance’ and how they differ in application.
  • Familiarize these stakeholders with the current provisions and requirements of the standards, codes and ordinances governing swimming pool and spa construction.
  • Discuss and enable code officials to promulgate check lists for their review staff and their field staff regarding pools and spas.
  • Create a bridge between code officials and contractors to streamline the process of permitting by defining expectations.
  • Define swimming pool and spa regulations for a more consistent process across jurisdictions.
  • Provide learners with helpful graphs, charts, and spreadsheets to simplify the calculating and checking of calculations needed for pool and spa permits.
  • Examine document and educational resources available to them through the PHTA and ICC.
  • Most importantly, to save lives.

Description

Codes and standards come at us from all sides, it seems, and every year or so those codes and standards are updated creating a feeling of being lost in the woods for contractors, designers, enforcement and permitting agencies. In this course, we’ll differentiate between codes, standards, and ordinances. Examine what these documents require of all parties affected by them and conclude with providing background and intent on the provisions within these documents.

Time/Credits

6:00 hrs
0.6 IACET CEUs

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the basic types of drawings: elevation, section and plan.
  • Demonstrate how to draw, not for beauty, but as a communication tool.
  • Examine the common terms, symbols and methods used by professional designers and architects.

Description

In our business, drawing is a tool that you must have in order to effectively communicate with your clients. In this course we’ll teach you fundamental sketching, drawing and drafting skills, along with how to read and layout plans. No previous drawing experience needed.

Time/Credits

16:00 hrs
1.6 IACET CEUs

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss fundamental Elements (e.g., line, color and form) and Principles (e.g., unity, balance and scale) of design.
  • Define perceptual skills and a better understanding of spatial organization and spatial relationships.
  • Use these concepts to design beautiful spaces that connect with the surrounding environment.
  • Use your communication skills to accurately portray your design intent to the client.

Description

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of good design and will teach you how to lay out the different improvements in your projects (e.g. pool, spa, patio, etc). We will break the fundamentals down into two categories: the Elements of Design and the Principles of Design. Once you have a good grasp of the fundamentals, you will learn how to apply them. We will start with short practice exercises and build up to a final project: creating a master plan that includes a pool and spa.

*Virtual Training Information: Additional homework and supplemental studies may be included in the curriculum for students to complete the course.

Time/Credits

16:00 hrs
1.6 IACET CEUs

Learning Objectives

  • List light, vision, and color physics, color theory, primary colors, mixing, blends, color wheel.
  • Discuss color psychology, how color affects the viewer, influences of color and texture on purchasing decisions.
  • Understand the makeup of a color DNA and the ability to reproduce and match colors.
  • Understand the meaning of the color illusion and work through case studies analyzing how color can make or break the design concept.

Description

Looking through a magazine of pools, it is easy to find well-conceived plans that failed to unify the design with proper material and color selections. Color is one of our basic means of communication and it influences our emotions so it must be understood and controlled. This program introduces the basic dynamics of color, its principles, fundamentals, its psychology, and how to apply the science to project design.

Time/Credits

16:00 hrs
1.6 IACET CEUs

Learning Objectives

  • Review design styles through the 20th Century. Includes Arts and Crafts, Prairie Style, California Bungalow, Bauhaus, Art Deco, Zig- Zag modernism, New England salt boxes, Ranch style, Mid-Century Modern, Brutalism, Post- Modernism, and others in the US and overseas.
  • Discuss the significance of changes in style and review key examples of these styles.
  • Describe the key principles of various styles and how to coordinate watershape design with architecture.

Description

Understanding the architecture of both built structures and the surrounding landscape will enable watershape designers to coordinate details and relate the water elements back to the surrounding environment in an appropriate way. It is easy to find examples of pools that clearly do not reflect the style of the home. They are usually the result of a production-type builder that is only comfortable replicating the same pool they have built many times. However, when the pool is well-designed to match the home’s architecture, the effect can be breathtaking and add real value to the property. This process can only begin after a basic understanding of architectural styles - the palette from which we draw from. These pools not only reflect the home but also the surrounding landscape.

Time/Credits

16:00 hrs
1.6 IACET CEUs

Learning Objectives

  • Identify physics of water: area, depth, volume, mass, pressure, velocity, flow rate, energy, and others.
  • Discuss and apply the basic principles, code limitations, and guidelines to hydraulic design.
  • Calculate GENESIS series of software worksheets.
  • Calculate Total Dynamic Head (TDH) and electrical, and gas heating operating costs.
  • Perform the complete analysis of a basic pool/spa combination with a water feature.

Description

Develop a basic understanding of the hydraulic principles in order to design more efficient and serviceable hydraulic systems. This class is core course required for advancing through the GENESIS certification program.

Time/Credits

16:00 hrs
1.6 IACET CEUs

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Learning Objectives

  • Discuss Basic Pool Plumbing, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Electrical Engineering.
  • Define Layout, Forming & Excavation, Infrastructure Coordination, Shotcrete, Waterproofing.
  • List Basic Tile & Coping, Concrete Decking, Pre-Plaster Preparation, Cementitious Pool Finishes.
  • Discuss Startup, Punch List & Project Closeout, Project Profile.

Description

This 3-day intensive school encompasses all of the necessary disciplines for building a structurally sound water vessel. Topics covered within the school include site analysis, introductory fluid engineering, geotechnical and structural engineering that includes a review of difficult sites, shotcrete, waterproofing, tile, interior finishes, coping, and concrete decking. The course concludes with an interactive walkthrough of a complex project from start to finish. This program is designed to move each student through all phases of concrete pool construction in great detail, unlike anything else offered in the industry. This course fulfills a requirement to become a GENESIS® Associate member.

Time/Credits

24:00 hrs
2.4 IACET CEUs
DBPR/CILB-FL #0612786 – 24 hours

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Learning Objectives

ENGINEERING

  • Discuss the introduction of physics of water, including pressure, flow rate, velocity, energy, friction, etc.
  • Discuss Total Dynamic Head (TDH), system curves, pump curves and selection.
  • List code limitations and recommended design parameters for safety and efficiency.
  • Explain construction details for plumbing and equipment.
  • Discuss soil mechanics, bearing capacity, lateral pressures, compaction, settlement, differential settlement.

VINYL LINER

  • Define the installation of vinyl liners - concrete.
  • Define the installation of vinyl liners - vermiculite.
  • Define the installation of vinyl liners - steel walls.
  • Define the installation of vinyl liners - polymer walls.
  • Discuss the installation of automatic pool covers.

FIBERGLASS

  • Define what constitutes standard fiberglass pool installation.
  • Review installation of tanning ledges.
  • Examine the installation of spas.
  • Analyze free-standing fiberglass pools.
  • Discuss the installation of automatic pool covers.

Description

Whether a pool is concrete, vinyl liner, or fiberglass, the necessities of a properly executed project remain the same. The water vessel requires correct hydraulics, proper installation, code compliance, and a desired esthetic. To meet the educational demands of an increasing market, GENESIS is launching a 16-hour Vinyl Liner – Fiberglass Pool Construction School.

Day one will cover 8-hours of required hydraulics for both vinyl liner and fiberglass pool installations. Days two and three will cover the fundaments of installation, structural components, automatic pool covers, and additional water features for both vinyl liner and fiberglass pools.

Time/Credits

16:00 hrs
1.6 IACET CEUs

 

Currently registering for:

  • D271: Architectural Styles
    February 14, 15, 21, 22

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Upcoming at The Pool & Spa Show:

  • C260: GENESIS® CONSTRUCTION SCHOOL: Vinyl Liner / Fiberglass Pools
    Sunday, January 23 – Tuesday, January 25 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm daily

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