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Welcome the NPC newsletter, NPC Now! We are happy to bring you the latest and greatest from around the industry. Click on a headline of an article you would like to view below and enjoy!

September 2016 Issue

NPC 8th Edition Technical Manual

Rey Perales Scholarship

NPC on YouTube

NPC Start-up Technician Certification Class Schedule

International Pool Spa Patio Expo Coming Soon!

NPC 28th Annual Conference Preview

Did You Get Your Copy?

The 8th Edition of the NPC Technical Manual Available Now!

NPC has worked tirelessly to bring you the new edition of our technical manual. We are excited to bring the very best practices, guidelines, methods and technical information. The National Plasterers Council Eighth Edition covers a range of subjects within the following areas:

  • Aesthetics and tolerances
  • Materials guidelines
  • Surface preparations for pool substrates
  • Common trade practices of mixing and finishing techniques
  • General performance guidelines for exposed-aggregate finishes
  • High-performance durability finishes
  • Guide to trouble-shooting and repair
  • Evaluating workmanship and materials

The NPC Technical Advisory Committee’s main focus is to evaluate and substantiate what is included in the Technical Manual. Thanks to their efforts, this document is referenced, referred, and/or recognized by the following institutions and publications: Association of Pool and Spa Professionals; American Shotcrete Association; Portland Cement Association – Portland Cement Plaster/Stucco Manual EB0 49; American Concrete Institute – Guide to Portland Cement-Based Plaster 524R-16; American National Standard Institute; and International Code Council – American National Standard for the Plastering of Swimming Pools and Spas ANSI/APSP/ICC/NPC-12.

To purchase your copy of the NPC Technical Manual Eighth Edition click here.

NPC on YouTube

View, Like, Comment & Share!

Have you subscribed to the NPC YouTube channel? Here is just a sample of what is available from NPC. We encourage you to like, comment and share these videos with your employees, colleagues and customers. A great way to do this is to embed these videos in your company website and/or include a link in your email signature. Have questions about using these videos as part of your customer service strategy? Contact NPC at and we will be happy to help! This is a fantastic benefit for NPC members – take advantage!

Go to the NPC YouTube Channel.


The International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo

The IPSP Expo features hundreds of manufacturers and suppliers offering products and services to outdoor living professionals including retailers, service/maintenance companies, and builders.

The PSP Expo is a business-to-business event, attracting more qualified attendees than any other pool/spa/outdoor living event. 65% of attendees surveyed after the 2015 event reported excess of US$1,000,000 in annual sales.

Trade shows give buyers like you the opportunity to consolidate the purchasing process from several weeks (and sometimes months) into just a few days. Imagine more than 525 manufacturers under a singleVisit the event website for complete information. roof, working with you to improve your margins and to show you what's new, and what's next.

At the forefront of the PSP Expo is a top-notch educational program with proven strategies for increasing your company’s profitability and productivity.

See what others are doing in the industry and take away the latest trends, case studies, best practices, and technologies that will help you generate leads and improve your bottom line.

NPC’s Start-Up Technician Class will take place on Wednesday, November 2nd.  Need to recertify?  Class date is Tuesday, November 1.

Get educated, inspired and entertained! The PSP offers a wealth of events and highlights …all in one place, at one great event!

Click Here to Register


The Rey Perales Memorial Scholarship Program

Now Open for Entries

NPC is proud to announce the acceptance of entries for this year’s Rey PeralesScholarship. Rey Perales was a valued member of NPC who passed away suddenly in 2007. The scholarship was set up to honor his memory and has been contributing to the academic success of students ever since.

Eligible children of NPC members and their employees have the chance to win anywhere from $500 to $5,000 to fund her or his education. Scholarship awards are determined by academic achievement, a student researched essay, and letters of reference. Click here to download the scholarship brochure and application.

The Rey Perales Scholarship is one of the great benefits of being an NPC member – your membership dollars help support this very worthy cause. You may also make donations to the scholarship fund online, just click here.

Upcoming Education Opportunities

NPC Start-up Technician Certification Classes

The last step to be completed when building and remodeling pools is the finish. This creates a lasting impression of the quality of work you and your company perform on your customer. Attend an NPC Start-up Technician Certification course and keep up with the re-certification classes offered to ensure you’re getting the job done right!

  • Learn the correct way to properly start up a swimming pool using the NPC’s method.
  • Earn a new certification for your resume to promote your company.
  • Learn how starting up swimming pools can significantly increase your income.
  • Learn about possible problems during the start-up process and how to fix them.
  • Have the competitive edge with your competition in your market area.
  • Have new resources to be able to solve issues as they arise in the field.


Course Title


Registration Link

October 14, 2016

Start-up Technician Certification

Sacramento, CA

Register Here

October 26, 2016

Start-up Technician Certification

Plano, TX

Register Here

November 1, 2016

Start-up Tech Re-Certification

New Orleans, LA

Register Here

November 2, 2016

Start-up Technician Certification

New Orleans, LA

Register Here

*November 1 & 2 Classes held at the International Pool Spa Patio Expo

January 18, 2017

Start-up Technician Certification

San Antonio, TX

Register Here

*Held at the Southwest Pool & Spa Show

NPC 28th Annual Conference

Coming February 2017

The NPC 28th Annual Conference, held February 7 - 10, 2017 in New Orleans, is a must attend event for the pool professional.  With live demonstrations and product displays, enlightening education seminars and entertaining networking events, the NPC brings suppliers, manufacturers and service providers together.

The exhibits and education programs for the conference are designed to bring you the latest in technology and methods used throughout the industry. NPC strives to bring best ways to widen your customer base and the Annual Conference is your best chance to gain this insight. Join us in New Orleans and see what all the fuss is about!

Why Should You Attend?

Take advantage of industry leaders being in one place making decisions and having fun at the same time! Builders, retailers, service companies, designers, landscape architects, and other industry leaders serving both the commercial and residential markets will be in attendance to conduct business, make buying decisions, see the latest trends and set the stage for the year ahead.

Plus, get this year’s rubber duckie! For the 2016 conference you probably saw Splash in his cowboy gear and had the opportunity to bring him home with you. For the 2017 conference, Splash is sporting his Mardi Gras party mask and beads and is ready to enjoy The Big Easy with you!

As the 28th Annual Conference nears, you’ll hear more about the many reasons you will want to plan your trip to New Orleans!


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