Certifications

UMR Geothermal has invested the time, energy, and resources to receive the following certifications:

International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) design and install accreditation.

igshpaThe International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) is a non-profit, member-driven organization established in 1987 to advance ground source heat pump (GSHP) technology on local, state, national and international levels. Headquartered on the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, IGSHPA utilizes state-of-the-art facilities for conducting GSHP system installation training and geothermal research.

The mission of IGSHPA and its membership is to promote the use of ground source heat pump technology worldwide through education and communication. With its access to the most current advancements in the geothermal industry, IGSHPA is the ideal bridge between the latest technology and the people who benefit from these developments.

IGSHPA certification does not assure an installer is competent. Anyone who pays their money and passes the test can become certified. But it does indicate the installer has put time and effort into understanding the elements and science behind geothermal. That is why certification is only the basic or entry level requirement.

North American Technical Excellence (NATE)

NATEFounded in 1997, North American Technician Excellence (NATE) is the nation’s largest non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians. NATE certified technicians have proven their knowledge in the HVACR industry by passing specialized NATE certification tests. NATE certification tests represent real world working knowledge of HVACR systems.

EPA Certified Service Technicians

EPA LOGOThe United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established a mandatory program that requires all technicians to be certified before performing maintenance, service, repair, or disposal of an appliance that contains refrigerant chemicals. To obtain certification, technicians must pass a closed book proctored test which contains 25 questions about EPA regulations, and 25 questions on recycling procedures in the area in which they work.

Manufacturer Certification

WFLogoHorz4ClrUMR participates in the extensive product training programs provided by  WaterFurnace to its dealers. This training assures the technician has the knowledge and skills to properly install the product. Periodic refresher training provides technicians with the latest techniques and makes them aware of specific issues related to the installation of the companies product.