“Young businesses often fail because their owners rely upon trial and error to figure out the best way forward,” says Scott Duscher, NAPSA president. “Through the creation of the NAPSA Power Sweeping Standard and its certification programs, NAPSA provides more benefits to its members than most industry associations could even dream of offering.”
NAPSA continues to cement its status as the industry’s leading creator of educational resources when it rolls out its new Fleet Fundamentals course at the 2020 National Pavement Expo, which takes place Jan. 29 through Feb. 2 in Nashville, Tennessee.
“We’ve been working for years on the creation and improvement of our in-depth training programs, but those programs focused heavily on sweeper operation,” said Duscher. “Fleet Fundamentals is a great course for anyone who works for a sweeping company, from the front office to the shop. The program itself is inexpensive, but the lessons it teaches are invaluable.”
In addition, NAPSA will unveil revised, simplified requirements for becoming a Certified Sweeping Company. The new requirements will add value to companies that seek certification, as they will incorporate NAPSA’s Certified Sweeper Operator (CSO) and Certified Sweeper Manager (CSM) certification programs.
“At first glance, it may seem that we’ve made it easier for companies to get certified,” said Duscher. “While we’ve simplified the process, the in-depth nature of the CSO and CSC programs ensures that member companies are providing industry standard training and implementing best practices. The Certified Sweeping Company designation is arguably more valuable than ever.”
NAPSA is recognized as a standards writer by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and created and gained ANSI approval for the first-ever Power Sweeping Standard. The CSM program, which is written for owners and managers of power sweeping companies, teaches the fundamentals of the Standard and provides the roadmap for incorporating it into one’s business.
“The Power Sweeping Standard is the product of countless hours of collaboration among our industry’s most experienced business owners and managers,” says Duscher. “Following the Standard may help companies minimize the harm caused to their business by unfavorable contract terms and frivolous lawsuits — two things that can put a company out of business in a hurry.”