International Bowling Pro Shop & Instructors Association​

Hands On Pro Shop Training

HOTS Course Overview

Fitting & Drilling Techniques
  • Physical analysis of the hand
  • Definition of fitting terms
  • Measuring devices
  • Tool operation
Product Knowledge
  • Balls:
    • Coverstock
    • Core design
    • Weight systems
    • Layout
    • Scaling
  • Bags
  • Shoes
  • Accessories
Work Bench Activities
  • Plugging Techniques
  • Resurfacing
  • Repairs
  • Insert placement
Lane Work
  • Customer needs analysis
  • Product delivery
  • Lessons
  • Use of video equipment
Customer Service
  • Customer needs analysis
  • Product delivery
  • Lessons
  • Use of video equipment

IBPSIA HOTS - Phase I Test Out Procedure

  1. The student must be an IBPSIA member in good standing. The member could be either a regular, associate or international member.
  2. The student must submit a written request to the Qualifying Committee (c/o IBPSIA – email to ) for approval to qualify to continue the test out process. The Qualifying Committee shall consist of one member of the Education Committee, the Education Liaison from IBPSIA, and the Executive Director. If the Qualifying Committee feels the candidate’s qualifications do not warrant testing out, a letter will be sent indicating they must attend a Hands-On-Training Seminar (HOTS) class.
  3. After the candidate is approved, a fee not to exceed $500.00 must be paid before the student can receive the HOTS test and manual. This fee is non-refundable. Make check out to IBPSIA and mail to address above or contact Lori Mills at 1-800-659-9444 to pay with a credit card.
  4. The student has 120 days to complete and submit the test to our office. Once the test is graded by approved IBPSIA personnel, the student will be notified of the results. Should the student not pass the HOTS test, they would have 60 days to redo the missed portion and resubmit. If the times are not met or the test is not passed, the student will have to attend HOTS and pay the current class fee less the amount already paid for the test out procedure. i.e. 2010 rate of $995 less prepaid amount of $400 = $595
  5. Once the student passes the written portion of the HOTS test, they must schedule a skills demonstration with one of IBPSIA’s Trainers (contact Lori for scheduling a Trainer). The student would have 6 months to complete skills demonstration portion of the test out program. See the back page for information on the skills demonstration. The skills demonstration may be waived at the discretion of the Qualifying Committee.
  6. The IBPSIA Trainer will make certain the student fulfills all the requirements for HOTS and submits documentation to our office indicating all aspects of HOTS were successfully fulfilled.
  7. IBPSIA will send the student a Certification of Completion indicating their successful completion of HOTS Training.
  8. If the student completes the full Certification Requirements IBPSIA will send them a Certified Technician engraved plaque, as well as list them on the IBPSIA website. Credits expire every 3 years and need to be updated to continue as an Active Certified Technician in good standing.

This training is offered at various times throughout the year and at various locations.

IBPSIA HOTS On Line Test Out Procedure

This test out procedure is not a teaching course it is only a test out procedure where the student performs the skills demonstration tasks in front of the teacher on video conference.

The student must contact Lori Hurst at 800-659-9444 or with a brief resume of what knowledge they have and who they have been studying under for approval by the education committee prior to contacting the teacher for scheduling. This is to ensure that the student possesses the knowledge to pass the test and skills demo.

Requirements, Costs and Scheduling for Test Out Procedure
  • The student MUST be an IBPSIA member in order to be eligible.
  • Test Out must be approved by the Education Committee.
  • The scheduling for the online HOTS test out is up to the teacher and the student, 30 days is recommended.
  • Cost of the On Line Test Out is $500.00 and paid to the teacher, once the payment is received the student will receive the HOTS manual and the test 30 days prior to the skills demonstration.
  • Initial phone call will be made between the teacher and the student to schedule the HOTS Test Out and review all the necessary factors during the video conference.
  • Once the video conference is completed the student has 15 days to mail the written portion of the test to the teacher.
  •  The teacher then has 15 days to grade it and mail it to IBPSIA for completion of certification along with payment.
  •  IBPSIA will provide the certification plaque to the student and list the student on IBPSIA’s website under Find A…. section.
Technical requirements for BOTH teacher and student
  • The App:
    Video Conferencing Application. This will be decided between the teacher and the student. FB Messenger, Face Time, Skype, etc.
  • Battery:
    Must have an extra battery, extra cable and charger
  • Stand:
    The device must be on a stand. A moving frame can be extremely tiring for the viewer.
  • Assistant:
    It is recommended for the student to have an assistant in order to move the camera angles and focus as needed. This will speed up the process exponentially.
  • Quiet:
    The pro shop must be quiet for the student and teacher to be able to communicate.
  • Test Subjects:
    The student must come up with two test subjects to throw the ball and measure Bowler Applied Forces.