On July 17, 2013, the Suffolk County Executive, Steve Bellone, signed a new law mandating that contractors earn APSP certifications to work on swimming pools. The contractors must also prove that they have attended a minimum of six hours of continuing education on pool building, installation, maintenance and service since their last license application or renewal. A few years ago the Long Island Chapter of the Northeast Spa & Pool Association started campaigning to have an existing contractor's law amended to include certifications for pool professionals. The law allows contractors with a Certified Pool Builder Designation from APSP to perform general maintenance like cleaning and repairs. Violators could face a $5,000 fine or up to a year in prison. Check out PoguePoolSpa.com for more pool related news.