• [ March 31 — April 2, 2015 ]
    Ankeny, IA

  • Training: IGSHPA Geothermal Installer Certification


March 31 – April 2, 2015
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Energy Resource Station, Ankeny IA
Registration Deadline: March 17th


Become an IGSHPA accredited / NATE certified geothermal installer

The Iowa Energy Center is sponsoring this training at its energy efficiency facility, the Energy Resource Station located in Ankeny, Iowa. The International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) Accredited / North American Technician Excellence (NATE) Certified Geothermal Installer Course is a comprehensive three day training in the installation and design of geothermal heat pump systems that gives you the tools necessary to succeed in the GSHP industry (including a complete geothermal reference library).  Those that successfully complete the course and pass the certification exam issued on the last day of the course will receive IGSHPA accreditation as well as NATE certification.

About the Instructor

Dr. Remund has over 25 years of experience installing and designing geothermal systems. He has been a certified instructor for IGSHPA since 1994. He was on the Mechanical Engineering faculty at South Dakota State University from 1988 until his retirement in 2009, where he taught thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid dynamics, design of thermal systems and applied laboratory courses. He is a co-author of the IGSHPA geothermal installer training manual titled “Design and Installation of Residential and Light Commercial GSHP Systems”.

Dr. Remund has been the principle investigator on many research projects associated with ground source heat pumps, specifically addressing heat transfer characteristics of grouting materials, soil and rock. He worked with regional electric utilities and the Geothermal Heat Pump consortium through the Northern Geothermal Support Center at SDSU, through which hundreds have been trained in various aspects of ground source heat pump design and installation. Dr. Remund is involved in private efforts to promote ground source heat pumps through design assistance, soil and rock formation thermal conductivity testing, and technical support for thermally-enhanced grouting materials.

Course Objectives

You will learn the fundamentals necessary to build a strong foundation in the how and why of properly designed and installed geothermal heat pump systems. You will receive the start of an excellent GSHP how-to library including the new IGSHPA Residential and Light Commercial GSHP Installation Manual, field guides, calculation worksheets and system calculators. In addition to what you will learn throughout the course, you will be able to meet and network with other professionals in your area.
Click Here for the Course Agenda

Topics Covered Include:

  • Economics, Marketing & Demand Reduction
  • Soils Identification & Thermal Conductivity
  • Selecting, Sizing & Designing Systems
  • Designing the Ground Heat Exchanger
  • Grouting Procedures for GSHPs
  • Pipe Fusion (hands on fusion training)
  • GHEX Installation
  • Flushing & Purging
  • GSHP System Start-up & Checkout

Continuing Education Credits

  • 10.75 hours – Certified Well Contractors
  • 20.75 hours – Professional Development Hours
  • 22 hours – HVAC Continuing Education hours by the Iowa Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Board


(includes continental breakfast and lunch all days)

$800/person – Full Registration (includes NATE Exam + 3-yr IGSHPA membership for those new to IGSHPA)

$580/person – Training Only Registration (no exam and no 3-yr IGSHPA Membership)


Click Here to Register

Registration is required; class is limited to 26 students.

The Iowa Energy Center reserves the right to cancel the training if fewer than ten registrations are received prior to 3/17/15.

Sponsored By

The Iowa Energy Center will sponsor this training at its Energy Resource Station located in Ankeny, Iowa.

The Iowa Geothermal Association, as a co-sponsor, offered a $100 discount to the first ten registrants, which has already been fulfilled. In addition to the discounted conference registration the registrants also receive a free one-year IGA company membership for non-member companies, or a renewal credit for a current IGA company membership.

The training will be presented by GeoConnections Inc. of Elkton, South Dakota.


Iowa Energy Center, Energy Resource Station
Bldg. 23, DMACC
2006 S. Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023
Click here for a map of this location


For More Information

If you have questions or dietary concerns, please Contact Denise Junod at or (515) -965-7055.


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