21 October 2010, 15:53 BST
In an indication that geothermal systems are gaining in popularity, the big green-job training provider CleanEdison has announced new courses for accreditation as a geothermal installer or driller.
Geothermal hasn’t made the inroads that solar or wind have in the public consciousness, perhaps because it conjures images of remote, steam-spewing geyser fields. But its applications for heating and cooling systems are actually wide. As the CleanEdison press release points out, “Geothermal energy, while less flashy than wind or solar, is a reliable source of energy regardless of weather or season.”
CleanEdison said the Accredited Geothermal Installer Certification Course “is set up to accommodate students of all experience levels,” and “consists of three comprehensive training days focused on the installation of geothermal heating and cooling systems, followed by an open book exam.”
The Accredited Driller Workshop is more narrowly focused, allowing drilling contractors to gain International Ground Source Heat Pump Association accreditation for “construction and completion methods for vertical GeoExchange boreholes” without having to take the full installer course.
Source: Earth Techling
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