HASA Inc. announced that it acquired all assets and intellectual property of Pool Chemistry Training Institute (PCTI) as part of an initiative to support the continued education of and support for its essential pool service professional community.
Co-founded in 2018 by pool chemistry expert Dr. Bob Lowry, PCTI’s training program is the first of its kind to provide an in-depth pool water chemistry class specifically for residential pool service professionals.
PCTI’s signature 1-Day Residential Pool Chemistry Certification course—called Pool Chemistry Certified (or “PCC-R”)—is widely recognized as the gold-standard curriculum in the pool training space.
While the PCC-R course is aimed primarily at pool service technicians, it also benefits retail stores—and even pool owners—and is the only pool chemistry certification course available for residential pool pros.
HASA will now selectively sponsor, improve, and support the 1-Day Residential Pool Chemistry Certification Class, which leverages Dr. Lowry’s 45 years of water chemistry knowledge.
HASA will also expand the availability of the program at upcoming tradeshows, distributor events and online to help enhance the expertise and credentials of backyard pool service pros.
“For the past five decades, HASA has provided best in class support to pool service pros, allowing them to make water safe and sparkling for families and swimming enthusiasts all across the western United States,” said Rick Sawin, VP of pool, distribution and sales for HASA, Inc. “We have long been impressed with Bob Lowry’s tremendous contribution to the swimming pool field. He has made an indelible impact by delivering a highly specialized pool maintenance training curriculum to the industry—and this new HASA-PCTI partnership offers a great way to educate and certify pool service professionals seeking advanced training and credentials.”
Prior to co-founding PCTI, Dr. Lowry served as a technology officer for DEL Ozone, an ozone generator manufacturer. He also has been a consultant to numerous corporations including DuPont, Olin, Nalco, Arch and FMC—and has advised industry brands such as Natural Chemistry, LaMotte, ITS, Pentair and Jacuzzi.
Dr. Lowry has written 21 pool and spa water chemistry books, published more than 175 technical articles, written 29 technical white papers and crafted three comprehensive IPSSA training manuals presenting 425 pages on water chemistry instruction.
“With the increase in backyard pool use we’ve witnessed within the past year alone, the need for essential, well-trained pool service pros is stronger than ever and expected to be unprecedented this season,” said Terry Arko, HASA’s Product Content and Training manager.