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 is the most comprehensive geothermal training ever offered online – a rapid-development tool for professionals pursuing opportunities in the geothermal industry.
Entry Level Geothermal Online Course Description
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.
When you complete this course you are eligible for a certificate of completion from HeatSpring. In order to request a certificate, you first must complete all the assignments, earn a passing score on all of the quizzes. Once you’ve completed the course sign our honor code and request a certificate of completion
This course is self-paced, so you don’t need to be logged in at any specific time. You can complete the material whenever is convenient and work ahead or catch up if you fall behind. Expect to dedicate a minimum of 5 hours per week to the course. Keep in mind that the instructor will be there to answer your questions and help you learn for the duration of the course. The instructor will only be available to answer questions during the posted session dates, so ask all your questions while we’re in session. You will have access to all of the online materials for a full year.
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
In this module you’ll provide feedback on the course, request a certificate of completion, learn about additional resources, and connect on social media.
About Your Instructor:
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 the ground source heat pump industry since 2006. His involvement in the industry has included training hundreds of students, as well as hands on experience designing, installing, commissioning and troubleshooting of all types of geothermal systems.
Ryan graduated with his Master of Science degree in Engineering from South Dakota State University in 2006. Ryan enjoys instructing newcomers to the industry in hopes that they leave sharing his enthusiasm for geothermal technology. His main goal is to help promote and build confidence in ground source heat pumps through education in order to help it become a main-stream technology.
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.)