AEE's Certified GeoExchange Designer (CGD) program is designed to recognize professionals who have demonstrated high levels of experience, competence, proficiency, and ethical fitness in applying the principles and practices of geothermal heat pump design and related disciplines, as well as to raise the professional standards within the field, and to encourage those involved in the design process through a continuing education program of professional development. The CGD certification is granted by the Association of Energy Engineers and sponsored by the Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium® (GHPC). Associated training programs are presented by the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA).
The prerequisites to qualify for the certification process have been designed to take into account the possible diversity of education and practical experience an individual may have. However each CGD candidate must attend the CGD Workshop and meet one of the following criteria:
A four-year engineering degree OR
Professional Engineer (PE) or Registered Architect (RA)
||At least 3 years of experience in commercial geothermal heat pump design and heating, ventilating and air conditioning field
|A four-year non-technical degree
||At least 5 years of experience in commercial geothermal heat pump design and heating, ventilating and air conditioning field
|A two-year technical degree
||At least 8 years of experience in commercial geothermal heat pump design and heating, ventilating and air conditioning field
||At least 10 years of experience in commercial geothermal heat pump design and heating, ventilating and air conditioning field
All candidates for CGD certification will be required to take and pass an online examination. This examination will be administered in conjunction with training programs offered through the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association. For more information on this requirement, contact the training coordinator (contact information provided below).
The CGD Application can be accessed by clicking on the link below
The fees for the CGD Certification process are as follows:
- An application fee of $400 is made payable to AEE at the time that the application is submitted. Exams cannot be scheduled until the fee is paid in full.
- Training fees are separate and should be paid directly to IGSPHA.
- $300 certification renewal fee (every three years). The renewal fees are payable to AEE.
No application or examination fee refunds are allowed.
How to Apply for CGD Certification / Register for Seminars
To register for a CGD Seminar, please write, call or email:
Roshan Revankar, Training Program Manager
International Ground Source Heat Pump Association
1201 S. Innovation Drive
Stillwater, OK 74074
(800) 626-4747 or (405) 744-5175
Or visit http://www.igshpa.okstate.edu/training/cgd.htm
For questions about certification process, please contact:
Francine Seskin, CGD Certification Director
Association of Energy Engineers
3168 Mercer University Drive
Atlanta, GA 30341
(770) 447-5083, ext. 223
For information on maintaining your certification, please go to our certification renewals website.