18 May 2017

P.2.7.13 GEOTRAINET: Training for ground-source heat pump designers and installers


Further success of Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP) systems relies on adequate ground coupling installations,
designed and constructed with good knowledge and workmanship. Training activities have been started in a
number of countries, reacting either to quality concerns of industry or authorities, or to EU-Directive
2009/28/EU which called for such schemes. Coordination and harmonisation on the European level is needed, as
well as providing training opportunities for countries without existing schemes. For installation, maintenance,
etc. of the heat pump as such, a scheme called EUCERT and operated by the European Heat Pump Association
(EHPA) already exists since several years. For the ground side, the association GEOTRAINET became
operational in 2014, founded by the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC), the European Federation of
Geologists (EFG), and a number of national associations.
GEOTRAINET is based on the results of EU-project Geotrainet (2008-2011) and provides the international roof
for coordination activities. A European Training Committee (ETC) has been created inside GEOTRAINET, to
oversee the revision of the original curricula from the EU-project, and to co-ordinate the national training
activities. The ETC is defining the contents of the curricula, the approach how these contents will be transformed
into practical training, and how a meaningful, fair and verifiable examination can be ensured. A modular
approach seems to be the most appropriate, allowing for different levels of pre-education, various technological
sub-sectors, and national requirements. The paper explains the structure of GEOTRAINET and reports on the
results achieved by the time of HPC 2017.