Entry Level Geothermal Professional Certificate Training


Length: 6 weeks

Instructor: Ryan Carda, P.E.

Subjects: Geothermal


This six-week interactive course uses reading assignments, video instruction, discussion, homework, quizzes, and a capstone 1-on-1 phone call with Ryan Carda, author of the IGSHPA design & installation manual, to give you a solid foundation for success in the geothermal industry. You can tailor the learning to your own needs by submitting questions to the instructor, and have access to the learning materials for a full two years. Passing the course earns you an Entry Level Geothermal Professional Certificate. This comprehensive training is a rapid-development tool for professionals pursuing opportunities in the geothermal industry.

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Mentorship From An Industry Leader

Ryan Carda has trained thousands of new geothermal installers. He's an excellent source of information and advice on all topics related to geothermal system design and installation.

Self-Paced Online Course

This course is self-paced and entirely online. The lecture videos and other materials are available any time, and the instructor responds to student questions through a discussion board. In order to participate, you will need an Internet connection and an up-to-date web browser.

Supported by Student Advocate – Tom McCormack

In addition to instructor support via the discussion board, students have access to Tom McCormack, HeatSpring's Student Advocate. He is available to answer general questions via email, discussion board, chat, or phone. (Spanish email support available upon request.)

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Ryan Carda, P.E.

President, Geo-Connections, Inc.

Ryan Carda, P.E. is a Mechanical Engineer at Geo Pro, Inc. and is a co-founder of Geo-Connections, Inc. (creators of LoopLink Geothermal design software). He is a co-author of “Design and Installation of Residential and Light Commercial GSHP Systems", developed in cooperation with the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA). He has been involved in...[more]

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Course Outline

Welcome - Orientation Materials

This course is self-paced, so you don’t need to be logged in at any specific time. You can get started immediately after registration, and you will have access to all of the online materials for a full year. Contact Tom McCormack, your Student Advocate, if you have questions. Please review the orientation materials and introduce yourself on the discussion board.

Week 1 - Introduction to Geothermal Systems

Very few people know what geothermal heat pumps are and how they work. This week we lay the groundwork by introducing the most common terms and providing a baseline understanding of the technology. (Assignments should be completed by the end of Week 1).

Week 2 - Geothermal Heat Pump Economics & Marketing

Doing a simple payback analysis is a practical first step to take on any geothermal project. There are some simple first steps that will pay off down the road by setting realistic expectations for your prospective client.

Week 3 - Big Picture Trends: Get to Know How the GSHP Industry Works

It's not enough to understand the technical side of geothermal heat pumps. To operate in the real world you need to understand the GSHP's position in the building industry, and get to know the equipment manufacturers, government agencies, and industry associations that drive the market.

Week 4 - Basics of System Design - Heat Pump Selection & GHEX Design

Proper heat pump selection and a good ground loop design will set you on the path to success for your GSHP installation. This lesson with provide the basics of how to properly select a heat pump and design a ground heat exchanger.

Week 5 - Grouting Overview

Grouting is a critical part of vertically- and horizontally-bored GHEX installation. This module covers all necessary aspects of grouting - material courtesy of GeoPro, Inc.

Week 6 - Overview of the Important Aspects for a GSHP Installation and Final Exam

Not that we have an understanding of basic principles, it is time to bring everything full circle. This module provides an overview of the important things to keep in mind when reviewing the design, installation, and startup of the system. At the end of the module, you'll take your final exam.

After The Course - Feedback and Additional Resources

No matter how great this course is, we know it's just one part of a bigger journey. In this module we'll start thinking about what comes next. You'll provide feedback on the course, request a certificate of completion, and learn about additional resources. Don't forget that you'll have access to this course and all updates we make to it for at least a year. Feel free to come back as much as you like to continue learning, and please stay in touch. Let us know what you do next and how we can help.

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IGSHPA Geothermal Installer Certification Training

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Free Course: A Complete Guide to Geothermal Tax Incentives

Learn how to apply for tax credits for your geothermal projects completed back to 2006. This course is geared toward commercial and institutional applications.

Free Lecture: GP101: Introduction to GeoPro Products

Learn the appropriate uses and mix recipes for each product, as well as the many advantages our products have over the alternatives.

Free Lecture: GP201: GeoPro Product Handling

This course focuses on proper handling practices to minimize the potential for issues in the field.

Free Lecture: GP301: Quality Assurance & Field Commissioning

Learn how to effectively manage the grouting portion of a geothermal project from design to installation.

Free Lecture: GP401: Technical Grouting Considerations

An in depth discussion of the technical grouting considerations including a detailed discussion about grout thermal conductivity and the effect on system performance.

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Geothermal Heat Pump Super Bundle

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Geothermal Survival Kit

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Geothermal Business Plan Road Map

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Geothermal + Solar Hot Water Design Schematic

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