Farmingdale State College

Geothermal Accredited Installer Workshop

Program Description

Learning to install Ground-Source Heat Pump (GSHP) systems will keep you competitive in a market forced to deal with rising energy costs and resource depletion. Installer accreditation enables you to open new markets and offers customers a low-maintenance, economical, and environmentally friendly alternative for their space conditioning needs. With more than 30 years of experience teaching these workshops, accrediting thousands of installers, and developing the industry standards, IGSHPA has maintained close ties with Oklahoma State University, and pioneered training in GSHP installation. The three day comprehensive Installation Workshops are designed for GSHP installers, contractors, dealers, home builders, manufacturers, distributors, architects, heating cooling mechanical engineers, trench/water well drilling contractors, and anyone who desires a working knowledge of this innovative technology. Representatives from public utilities, and rural electric cooperatives can also benefit from training. Information gathered from the workshops can help utility representatives serve as a source of information regarding money-saving concepts. Upon successful completion of the workshop and passing the IGSHPA installer’s exam, you will be issued IGSHPA accreditation as an installer of GSHP systems. You will receive an installer’s card and a certificate for 3 years. Also you will receive a 1 year membership with IGSHPA after you have completed all the requirements of the Installation Workshop.

Focus Areas

  • Design and Material Options
  • System Layout
  • Pipe Joining Techniques
  • Trenching/ Drilling
  • Air and Debris Purging
  • Pressure Drop Calcuations
  • Pump and Fluid Selection
  • Thermal Conductivity
  • Start-up,
  • Performance Checking & Troubleshooting

Potential Career Opportunities

  • Installers
  • Contractors
  • Dealers
  • Home builders
  • Manufacturers
  • Distributors
  • Architects
  • Heating cooling mechanical engineers

Target audience


Program Format


Educational Level Prerequisites

High School diploma/GED

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Expected Outcomes