The Environmental Protection Agency considers ground source heat pumps (GSHPs), the most energy-efficient and environmentally friendly heating and cooling available today.

Designing GSHP systems will keep you competitive in a market forced to deal with rising energy costs and resource depletion by offering customers a low-maintenance, economical and green alternative for their space conditioning needs.  Federal and state tax incentives for GSHPs are providing additional demand and popularity for the systems, creating even more opportunities.

As an architect or engineer, you have specific questions about GSHP systems that you want answered. IGSHPA has designed a program to offer advanced training towards certification as a Certified GeoExchange Designer (CGD). From an introduction to the technology to a complete review of the design process, participants learn the specific information they need to know.

You have two options available for the CGD course –attendees look over equipment at workshop our distance learning option and our CGD Plus course.  The distance learning option gives you the convenience of learning when you have the time; while the CGD Plus course provides three days of concentrated learning under the guidance of an experienced GSHP Professional.

Who Should Enroll?

This design course is created for professional engineers, registered architects, installers, and contractors. This course is essential for individuals wanting advanced training and experience in designing GSHPs, and required for experienced individuals who wish to earn certification.

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Topics:

  • Ground Source Heat Pump Design – Residential & Commercial
  • Closed Loop, Ground Heat Exchanger, Configurations & Layout
  • Soil/Rock Classification and Conductivity
  • Borehole Grouting
  • Ground Loop Heat Exchanger Software
  • Ground Source Heat Pump in System Performance

Eligibility Requirements:

Each candidate for certification must meet one of the following four sets of criteria:

  • Be an engineering graduate and/or Professional Engineer or Registered Architect with three years combined experience in commercial geothermal heat pump design and/or heating, ventilation and air-conditioning
  • Have a four-year, non-technical degree with five years combined experience in commercial geothermal heat pump design and/or heating, ventilation and air-conditioning.
  • Have a two-year technical degree with eight years of combined experience in commercial geothermal heat pump design and/or heating, ventilation and air-conditioning.
  • Have ten years or more of combined experience in commercial geothermal heat pump design and/or heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning.

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Certification Process:

Certification is accomplished by application to AEE. To become certified the candidate must:

  • Determine if eligible under the Eligibility Requirements listed.
  • Register for and attend the IGSHPA CGD.
  • Pass the IGSHPA CGD exam.
  • Complete a separate application to AEE, to initiating the testing and certification process.
  • Certification will be awarded by AEE after their evaluation of the candidate’s qualifications by CGD board members.

Attending the CGD Course and passing the CGD exam are only a part of the certification process and will not automatically lead to certification. Contact AEE at 1-770-447-5083, ext. 223 for certification information.

Materials

  • Residential and Light Commercial Design and Installation Manual
  • CLGS Installation Guide
  • Slinky™ Installation Guide
  • Current edition of the Design and Installation Standards
  • Soil and Rock Classification Field Manual
  • Grouting for Vertical Heat Pump Systems
  • ASHRAE manuals

CGD Plus Course

These courses are offered through IGSHPA and also by independent IGSHPA Accredited CGD Trainers. This course includes the same information as the IGSHPA distance learning course PLUS additional material developed by the instructor. You receive the benefit of the instructors years of geothermal experience while learning the material!

Courses will include:

  • A minimum of 20 hours of instruction
  • CGD Books and IGSHPA manual set, and ASHRAE manual

Next class:

March 18-20, 2015
Location: IGSHPA, Stillwater
Trainer: Ed Lohrenz, B.E.S., CGD
Fee: $1995

Class Times:
Monday- 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
(Registration begins at 7:45 am)
Tuesday - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday- 8:00 am - noon
Lunch will be provided Wednesday and Thursday

Registration:

After you register you will be sent a confirmation of registration. You will also be sent a set of manuals. To register online, click here.

Class Information:

Continental, lunch and breaks on course days are included in the course registration fees. Registration begins at 7:30 am.

Cancellation policy:

The full tuition fee will be refunded if you cancel your registration at least two (2) weeks prior to the first day of the confirmed workshop and return your materials unopened. You may designate another individual as your substitute at any time without additional charge. You will be responsible for return shipping costs and it is strongly recommended that you insure your shipment with tracking.

Note: All courses are subject to cancellation by IGSHPA. IGSHPA will give all registrants notice in the event of a course cancellation at least 2 weeks prior to the scheduled date. Contact IGSHPA to verify if a course has been cancelled before making any non-refundable travel arrangements.
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Certified GeoExchange Designer Course - Distance Learning Option

Sessions are offered in various formats, times and places throughout the year.

Review Sessions

The class fee includes one mandatory review webinar. You are required to attend the mandatory webinar within one year of registering for the course.

Webinars will be conducted using GoTo Meeting. Questions and answers to frequently asked technical problems will be provided to participants by experienced designers and installers of ground source heat pump systems. The opportunity to ask CGD material and other technical questions will be available before taking the CGD exam. GoTo Meeting is a video conferencing program.  Participants use a headset for talking and listening through their computer.  A link will be provided in your training materials to register and connect to CGD Live Meeting. For additional questions and demo of CGD Live Meeting contact igshpatraining@okstate.edu. 

Webinar Information

Webinars must be enrolled in or cancelled at least 5 days before the Webinar date.

Next webinar:
December 1, 2014, Monday, 9:00 am to 10:00 am, central time
February 5, 2015, Thursday, TBA, central time

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Registration:

Please fill out the following form to register:

You can type directly on the form and then print it out then mail or fax it to IGSHPA office.
Certified GeoExchange Designer Course Registration Form
Format: Adobe Reader get this file
Filename: CGDRegForm2012.pdf
You must use Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 (or higher) to open our downloadable pdf files. The Reader is free to download from Adobe's website.

Fee:

$1665 and includes UPS ground shipping of your materials.

The course requires you to attend one mandatory Q&A webinar. The fee for the mandatory webinar is included in the course fee. You will have four months to take the CGD test after you attend the mandatory webinar. If you wish to attend an additional webinar, please contact igshpatraining@okstate.edu

 

Cancellation policy:

The full tuition fee will be refunded if you cancel your registration at least two (2) weeks prior to the first day of the confirmed workshop and return your materials unopened. You will be responsible for return shipping costs and it is strongly recommended that you insure your shipment with tracking.

Note: All courses are subject to cancellation by IGSHPA. IGSHPA will give all registrants notice in the event of a course cancellation at least 2 weeks prior to the scheduled date. Contact IGSHPA to verify if a course has been cancelled before making any non-refundable travel arrangements.
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