With the increasing popularity of spas and hot tubs in the UK, there’s been a need to provide specialist training to those working in this sector. This article takes a close look at two dedicated courses being provided to BISHTA members plus others across the industry.
While it may be true that water and electricity do not mix, training courses on these two important subjects have been proving very popular with the industry in terms of training courses to promote continuing (or continuous) professional development (CPD).
Water hygiene management courses
Since BISHTA revamped the water hygiene management syllabus in 2016, the training teams at CPC (lead by Martin Rigby and Matt Roberts) and at Pollet Pool Group (lead by Jimmy Lamb) have provided over 70 courses, training 550 people. The course covers the following topics:
- Types of Spas and Hot Tubs
- Why does water need to be treated and filtered?
- What can grow and how to kill it
- Products for water treatment
- pH and Water Balance
- Risk Assessments
- Record keeping
- What happens when it all goes wrong?
- Practical water testing
- Troubleshooting tips
- Health & Safety advice, including the storage, safe handling and use of chemicals
There is also a written test paper that must be successfully passed.
Not only have BISHTA members been receiving water hygiene training, but a large number of other companies in the industry (some from SPATA and a number who were not members of either trade association). It has been very rewarding to then see some of these companies deciding to join BISHTA as a result of their training.
BISHTA can not only call upon CPC and Pollet for water hygiene management tutors but also Howard Gosling (Pool and Spa Advice) who has been training companies as part of their BISHTA membership application criteria since the formation of BISHTA. Following a tutor training day earlier this year other companies have shown their interest in becoming water hygiene management tutors and it is hoped that there will soon be more tutor teams involving Lonza and 1 Stop Spas.
Any company looking to arrange their water hygiene management training should contact BISHTA, or discuss their training needs with any of the tutor teams, as it is vital that relevant staff have received training, including refresher training if the original course was attended more than 5 years ago.
Although not as many people have attended the electrical courses (compared to the water hygiene management courses) there has still been an excellent response to these courses tutored by Dave Roydhouse and Kevin McLaren from NICEIC.
From nine different courses, there have been 88 candidates successfully passing either the 2-day workshop (with the option of a follow up one-day assessment) or a 3 day combined course.
The two-day workshop has been designed to give individuals an awareness of the requirements of safe isolation and an overview of how to safely disconnect and connect hot tubs electrically, including commissioning, testing and recording requirements.
The workshop is ideal for individuals looking to work on or install a hot tub into an existing connection unit as part of a fixed electrical installation. There are no formal entry requirements to attend the workshop but previous electrical site experience would be an advantage to assist in understanding the content of the course.
Attendees will learn the theory behind how to safely isolate an electrical installation or part of it. The course covers key work areas including domestic, commercial installation, and connection to plumbing/non-electrical equipment with an electrical connection.
The electrical courses explore the importance of safe isolation to protect staff working on the hot tub and then the course outlines the relevant parts of the Wiring Regulations (more formerly known as BS 7671). Based on feedback from the NICEIC, BISHTA is in agreement with this electrical contracting body to communicate the importance of using suitable earthing arrangements (including earth electrodes, where applicable) to ensure that transmitted faults from the house cannot find their way to the hot tub.
There is a test paper to check on knowledge obtained on the course to satisfy the safe isolation aspect of the course and also the wider knowledge gained during the workshop.
An extra day can be added to the course (either in a block of three days, or as a follow up to the 2 day course) in order to assess the testing and inspection section covered in the two day course to elevate the course into an accessory replacement equivalent qualification on hot tub final connections on single phase circuits.
Other training courses
A future article will give updates on other CPD opportunities for the hot tub industry regarding holiday parks, Certified Hot Tub Technician (CHTT) courses and the Hot Tub Site Surveyor course, so there is plenty on offer to further raise the professionalism of the hot tub industry.