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STL Ponds and Waterfalls
02-16-2009, 12:34 AM
I'm looking for feedback on this certification and the organization.

XStream Aquatics
02-16-2009, 08:06 AM
STL, I've been with IPPCA for about 3 years now and without their organization my company wouldn't be even close to where it is today. There is so many certified installers there that has helped me out. IPPCA doesn't push any oon type of product so therefore you have installers from many types of fields. For example you have companys that deal only with true koi ponds, companys that do external setups and you have rock and gravel ponds along with sponsors. It's not just a give your membership dues and here's your cert. The president and his wife has spent countless hours on the phone with me teaching me. My business has went from common backyard ponds to formal fountains, large lakes, external filtration thru them. IPPCA has certified members from all over the U.S. and each and everyone of them are willing to help. I've got to go due a consultation so I'll finish up when I get back.

XStream Aquatics
02-16-2009, 08:13 PM
Back to the topic, the IPPCA can only help you and your business. Every year it puts on a ponditat event http://www.ponditatforhumanity.com/ where IPPCA goes in and rebuilds an existing water feature that has been professionally built and the pond must be a failure (Normally installation errors) and must have a humanitarian interest. Also they host an annual event called InfoTanza http://www.infotanza.com/ . During this event they also have a waterfall and stream competition, great way to get some bragging rights. Another feature they offer is a monthly news letter
http://www.pondpulse.com/

Here is the link to the certification info http://www.ippca.com/certification.php Feel free to check the IPPCA out, it can only help you!!!

burge19
02-18-2009, 01:50 PM
So does the ippca give you a certification within this certification do you learn how to build ponds or does it just give you materials and such?

STL Ponds and Waterfalls
02-18-2009, 04:17 PM
Thanks Larry for the info, I'm sure I'll ber asking a lot more questions.:)

Burge19, from what I gather you have to install 12 ponds, waterfalls, or water features and have each customer send in a fact sheet on your build. It seems like you have to be a good builder -business person to get certified.

XStream Aquatics
02-18-2009, 09:47 PM
You also get an IPPCA discount on products, which over the last year alone for me was a tremendous savings.