The new facility offers practical and theoretical training in technical pool and spa maintenance and retailing.
The opening coincided with the announcement of Poolwerx’s successful application for new Queensland Government User Choice Funding to train more than 100 Queensland pool technicians in the Certificate III in Swimming Pool and Spa Service from July 1.
The 10,000sqm facility includes commercial and domestic equipment installations, as well as two working full size pools and a spa.
The advanced training centre also contains a retail store allowing participants to be trained in sales techniques, merchandising, and POS management, along with a formal business skills training area.
Poolwerx CEO, John O’Brien, said the training centre is a critical step in improving national pool and spa care standards.
“Despite more than 10,000 operators in the pool and spa care industry, many are untrained and unqualified because there has never been a qualification recognising their expertise and professional skills until now,” he said.
“Our network alone represents more than 10 per cent of pool and spa care operators in Australia, so we’ve been an instrumental driver in the development of the Certificate III and Certificate IV in Swimming Pool and Spa Service qualifications.
“We now have an advanced training centre that gives us a significant boost to enhance the delivery of these courses to our network by providing a greater depth and breadth of hands on training.”
While there are no legislative requirements to hold a certificate yet, O’Brien said Poolwerx is working towards establishing minimum industry skill standards and licensing requirements for operators.
“What we’re aiming for is highly skilled and more experienced pool and spa technicians working in the industry for longer and improvements in overall provision of services to pool owners,” he said.