Entry Level Geothermal Professional Certificate Training


Length: 6 weeks

Instructor: John Manning

Partner: High Performance Building Institute


This six-week interactive course uses reading assignments, video instruction, discussion, homework, quizzes, and a capstone 1-on-1 phone call with John Manning 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 120 days. Passing the course earns you an Entry Level Geothermal Professional Certificate, a listing on the HeatSpring website, and the course is pre-approved for CEUs (5 AIA HSW). This is the most comprehensive geothermal training ever offered online - a rapid-development tool for professionals pursuing opportunities in the geothermal industry.
Three Decades of Experience

Instructor John Manning's 30 years of experience in the geothermal industry include time as a supplier, manufacturer, contractor, driller, salesperson, and heat pump designer. He's also a P.E. and LEED AP.

Complete Flexibility

The workload for this course depends on your level of interest. Most students spend between 2-10 hours per week. The work is flexible, so you can catch up when you have the time.

Personalized Attention

Students can ask as many questions as they like on the course discussion board and get specific answers tailored to their situation.

Earn Continuing Education Credits

Approved for 10

Your Instructor


John Manning

President, Earth Sensitive Solutions, LLC

Course Outline

WELCOME - Orientation Materials Available Immediately After You Enroll

Expect three things to happen when you enroll: 1) We put a welcome packet in the mail to help you take notes and successfully complete the course, 2) A live human being will give you a welcome call to make sure you get the most out of the class, and 3) All of the course videos and training materials will become available immediately. . This course will be SELF-PACED, so you are not expected to be logged in at any specific time. John Manning will be available to answer your questions via discussion, email, and phone during the specified course dates – you’ll also have access to the course materials for 120 days after the end of the course.

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 - Understanding Geothermal Heat Pump Mechanics

"How can you use an earth temperature of 50 degrees to heat my house to 70 degrees?" This section will help you answer that fundamental question many of your customers and colleagues want to know. Understanding the heat pump itself is critical for communicating why geothermal systems are comfortable and reliable - not magic.

WEEK 3 - Ground Coupling Options: Closed Loop, Open Loop, and Standing Column

The ground coupling is what makes a geothermal system so efficient - it also adds cost and complexity vs. a traditional HVAC job. Making informed decisions about your ground coupling options can have huge cost and performance implications for both residential and commercial projects. This section helps you understand the pros and cons of each.

WEEK 4 - Big Picture Trends: Get to Know How the GHP 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 GHP's position in the building industry, and get to know the equipment manufacturers, government agencies, and industry associations that drive the market.

WEEK 5 - Designing a Geothermal Heat Pump System

Proper system design is critical for keeping the initial investment low, and for making sure the system operates as advertised. You don't need to rely on rules of thumb; there are some relatively simple calculations that geothermal designers make to design reliable systems for residential and commercial buildings.

WEEK 6 - Marketing & Selling Geothermal Systems

Everyone has a sales component to their job, even if you think you don't. Whether you're marketing or selling GHPs to customers, evaluating someone else's design, or a prospective owner/operator, you need to understand how people think about GHPs and how purchase decisions are made.

Assignment - LoopLink Exercise

In this module, you will use the free demo version of the LoopLink software to complete an exercise that explores the economics of geothermal heat pumps.

Take Your Exam - Schedule your 1-on-1 call with John Manning

This week you will that the Final Exam and schedule your Capstone Call with John Manning. John is a wealth of knowledge and loves to help his students learn more about Geothermal Heat Pumps and the Geothermal Industry. Now that you have had a chance to learn from his material, the best way to answer any questions or get feedback about your ideas in the industry is talk on the phone. Feel free to just pick up the phone and call, or contact him via email to schedule a time to talk.

AFTER THE COURSE - Industry Contacts, Resources, and Tools for Continued Success

After you've passed the exam, expect your packet will arrive in the mail in about a month. No matter how much you've learned over the past six weeks, you're going to encounter new issues and have more questions from the field. These resources and industry contacts can be your lifeline as you experiment with new initiatives and service lines. The HeatSpring community is a rich and diverse group that is here to provide support.