On Tuesday 23 June the first Polish spa professionals were awarded with the Certificate of Spa Supervision, awarded by the International Spa Association (USA). This certificate confirms the knowledge in Spa Supervision and at the same time opens the doors to a new career path.
There was a lot a lot of interest in ISPA courses in Poland, but there were also fears about language abilities and culture differences between USA and the Polish spa market, but according to the suggestion of the graduates, it was not so hard, and general rules about spa business are very similar to those followed in Poland.
“I am very proud to be among seven spa professionals who received the ISPA CSS Certificate in our Country,” says Jolanta Lukasik from Thalgo Poland, continuing “It is a great honour for us, but also gives very good experience in our career, and I think I will come back to the books very often.”
“With this certificate my chances on the labour market should grow very fast,” says Beata Kepinska hopefully. Up until now she’s had no experience in the spa industry, but, she adds, “During my last interviews I mentioned my positive results with ISPA, and it seems this information could be the key.”
The spa business is one of very few to develop rapidly, in spite of the financial slow-down. New spas are emerging very fast, but the personnel training still needs improvement, which is why Concept Media, the Polish International Spa Association partner, decided to introduce ISPA courses in Poland. In addition to Certified Spa Supervisor, Polish professionals can also improve their know-how in Spa sales & marketing. Concept Media also promotes ISPA membership for Polish hotels and spa venues, as a great information source and first quality educational opportunity.
The first Polish ISPA course was supported by Thalgo Poland, as this market leader was also the first to acknowledge the importance of high-class education in the spa business.
The second round of ISPA exams is scheduled for December 2009.
Based on a press release from Concept Media.
Top photo: Polish ISPA graduates, summer 2009.