Andrea Wells
Director, Marketing & Communications

February 13, 2019

Effective Advocacy Preserves Key Job Functions for Texas Pool and Spa Professionals

(AUSTIN, TX)—The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals confirmed that state advocacy efforts aimed at protecting the scope of work available to Texas pool and spa professionals has resulted in a successful outcome. Those who hold a Texas Residential Appliance Installer’s License (RAIL) can now confidently perform common pool-related services without the threat of TDLR violations. 

Last month, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) released a statement clarifying the scope of work and service guidelines to political subdivisions, RAIL holders and related stakeholders regarding pool and spa work settings. These important clarifications ensure that holders of RAIL licenses can confidently advance their offerings to customers for the installation, maintenance and repair of pool-related electrical devices. 

Statutory clarifications for holders of RAIL license include: 

  • Installing, uninstalling, or replacing pool-related electrical devices including underwater lights, ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI), pumps, motors, heaters, automation systems, and related equipment on the “load-side” of the control-center while maintaining National Electrical Code compliance. However, if the system requires a new or upgraded “line-circuit,” only a licensed electrical contractor with a designated master electrician may offer to perform that work.
  •  Installing or adding pool-related electrical devices to an existing pool that do not require an increase in amperage or access to a main breaker panel. For example, a RAIL holder may install salt systems, a time clock or similar automation equipment, a variable speed motor, or ultraviolet or ozone equipment.
  • Installing, uninstalling, or replace pool-related electrical devices that use direct or alternating current. 

“The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) has been working side-by-side with the Independent Pool & Spa Service Association (IPSSA) and the Aquatic Professionals Education Council (APEC) for many years and we are looking forward to expanding our advocacy impact in Texas through the newly formed Texas Pool & Spa Coalition,” said APSP Director of Government Affairs, Jennifer Hatfield. “Through hard work and persistence, our industry partners, with the leadership of Jake Posey and Steve Koebele, worked to resolve this critical issue. Working together, we can build a stronger industry and strengthen advocacy efforts for Texas.”

APSP recently announced the formation of the Texas Pool & Spa Coalition. This new coalition comprised of APSP, IPSSA and APEC will be instrumental in uniting and strengthening advocacy efforts in Texas and throughout the country. For more information about this new coalition, click here.  

View the full list of changes here. For more information, email APSP’s Government Affairs Associate Regan Ratliff at  


About APSP
The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) is the world’s oldest and largest association representing swimming pool, hot tub, and spa manufacturers, distributors, manufacturers’ agents, designers, builders, installers, suppliers, retailers, and service professionals. Dedicated to the growth and development of its members’ businesses and to promoting the enjoyment and safety of pools and spas, APSP offers a range of services, from professional development to advancing key legislation and regulation at the federal and local levels, to consumer outreach and public safety. APSP is the only industry organization recognized by the American National Standards Institute to develop and promote national standards for pools, hot tubs, and spas. For more information, visit

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