HARRISON — Mid Michigan Community College, in conjunction with IGSHPA (International Ground Source Heat Pump Association), will offer a three-day intensive accreditation workshop for geothermal installation. The workshop will run daily from 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. from May 23-25 at the MTEC building on MMCC’s Harrison campus.
Conducted by Geo NetZero, LLLC, the training is designed for those desiring entry-level positions within the geothermal technology industry, as well as experienced construction trades personnel and other developers who work with geothermal projects or prospects at any level. Homeowners who would simply like more information about geothermal systems will find the course very valuable, and they can opt out of the accreditation testing.
The cost to participants has been offset by a USDA Rural Development grant, which greatly reduces the cost to only $50. Normally, the price of this three-day accreditation runs between $1,000-$1,300.
Accredited installers have employment options across the country on geothermal projects of all types and sizes. HVAC contractors, drill operators, and thermal conductivity testing companies, to name a few, need qualified people to meet the growing demand for ground heat exchanger (GHEX) installers for the geothermal industry.
Most public and commercial geothermal projects require IGSHPA Accredited Installer credentials. And the accreditation is also a prerequisite for Certified Geothermal Design professionals.
For more information about this three-day workshop, IGSHPA Accreditation, or about the other geothermal education opportunities at MMCC, contact Lindsay Armstrong at 989-386-6614. To register, go to midmich.edu/mtec and click on the IGSHPA Registration form.