Over 40 delegates attended ISPE’s 115th One-Day Seminar in March and many of those present later said what an informative and enjoyable day it was. The Institute was delighted to welcome Steve Baker from Solus, who gave a RIBA-approved CPD presentation on slip-resistant tiles and the grades that should be used in different applications, including some of the testing requirements for different products. Later in the day, Shaun Howarth from Ardex UK, outlined best practice and guidance on tiling in wet leisure areas and considered the impact of tiles, backgrounds, water chemistry and finished environments, on the waterproofing, adhesive and grout specification. It is hoped both Solus and Ardex UK will host further CPD presentations for ISPE members and others in the pool and spa trade and more details will be announced later in the year.
FULL SCHEDULE : Other subjects covered in a very full day included concrete pool construction, where Ian Betts, FISPE, spoke about the latest relevant European and British Standards, and John Cheek, FISPE, together with structural engineer, Colin Game, from Millard and Partners, looked at the provision of, and correct way to apply, fittings to a concrete shell. Allen Wilson, FISPE, looked at the importance of microbiological testing and once again kept everyone entertained with an informative but nonetheless amusing delivery on this vital subject, looking at what measures need to be taken to avoid the closure of public pools.
CPD SCHEME : Over fifty people have now enrolled onto the ISPE Continuous Professional Development Scheme and registration is free until July 2018. The scheme is open to ISPE members and non-members (you don’t have to join the ISPE to enrol onto the scheme). A number of leading companies in the trade have been presenting free training sessions on various subjects and delegates receive certificates of attendance indicating four or eight CPD points. It is hoped that as time goes on, this programme will be expanded, as more and more companies will offer free training enabling those who are serious about their career development to expand their knowledge and experience within the pool and spa trade. More details can be found on the ISPE website or by contacting the ISPE.