How To Get Training On Designing And Installing Commercial Geothermal Systems



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Are you interested in learning how to design and install commercial geothermal systems? 

The International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA), in collaboration with NATE (North American Technician Excellence), HRAI (Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada), and AEE (Association of Energy Engineers), offers comprehensive training programs that can equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge.


IGSHPA is a non-profit, member-driven organization established in 1987 to advance ground source heat pump (GSHP) (also known as geothermal heat pump) technology. 

With a focus on standards, research, and education, IGSHPA offers resources and training for professionals in the geothermal heat pump industry that has become recognized worldwide. 

Because of its tenure in the industry, IGSHPA is a global leader in setting standards and training practices, which is why they are the source for training and certification. 

Which Training Programs Should I Pursue? 

For those wanting to pursue the ability to both install and design residential and light commercial GSHP systems, these courses will be needed: 

  • Accredited Installer

    One of the key training programs offered by IGSHPA is the Accredited Installer Workshop.

    This three-day workshop provides a comprehensive overview of GSHP installation. Participants learn about system design and material options; system layout; pipe joining techniques – hands-on for butt, socket, saddle, and electrofusion; trenching/drilling processes; air and debris purging; pressure drop calculations; pump and fluid selection; thermal conductivity; start-up, performance checking and troubleshooting, and more.

    Upon completion of the workshop, participants have the opportunity to take the IGSHPA Accredited Installer exam. Passing this exam demonstrates your competency in GSHP installation and design and earns you the IGSHPA Accredited Installer credential and an IGSHPA certificate for three years.

    HRAI will be holding the next IGSHPA Geothermal Accredited Installer training course online this coming January 23-25. Register here.
  • GeoExchange Designer

    For those interested in commercial geothermal systems, IGSHPA offers the Certified GeoExchange Designer (CGD) Course.

    This course is designed for engineers, architects, and industry professionals who want to expand their skills in commercial and large-scale geothermal project design. The CGD course covers topics such as commercial GSHP design, hybrid system integration, and ground heat exchanger design for commercial applications.

    Those who successfully complete the course will receive both IGSHPA and AEE certification.

Become An IGSHPA Member

A great way to get started on your geothermal systems career is by joining IGSHPA as a member.

IGSHPA membership provides numerous benefits, including access to training and certification programs, conferences, special publications, technical assistance, and networking opportunities. 

There are several membership categories available, catering to a wide range of professionals in the industry.

IGSHPA provides a wealth of resources and training opportunities for professionals interested in commercial geothermal systems. By becoming a member and participating in IGSHPA’s training programs, you can gain the skills and knowledge needed to excel in this growing field. 

So why wait? Start your journey with IGSHPA today! Check out our upcoming events and stay connected with us by following us on social media. 

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