About Heat Exchange Drill Hole (Geothermal) Licensing
about geothermal licensing is now available on the DNR's website.
be eligible to take the heat exchange driller exam, completed application forms
(Form 3300-300) must be received by 4:30 PM on Friday, October 17, 2014.
Form 3300-301 must also be submitted to document drilling experience in
Wisconsin. Drillers seeking reciprocity for licensing in another state must
also complete form 3300-302.
Here is the DNR link for
geothermal systems: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/wells/geothermal.html . The
application forms can be found here:
· Individual Heat Exchange Driller License Application
· Experience Voucher For Individual Heat Exchange
Applicant (3300-301) [PDF]
· Out-of-State Individual Heat Exchange Driller License
Application (3300-302) [PDF]
All applicants must take
the written exam. You will be notified of your eligibility to take the exam
along with further instructions regarding study materials, fees, exam and other
logistics. The test related to the geothermal license is currently under
development by the DNR. It is expected that it will be ready for the
Wisconsin Water Well Association's (WWWA) Groundwater Conference and other
WWWA/DNR continuing education sessions early next year. The test will be
an open-book examination.
The effective date of the
licensing law is April 1, 2015. The
drilling of vertical heat exchange drill holes after April 1, 2015 will require
a license to do that work and a water well license alone will not
suffice. You must hold a heat exchange drill hole license to do this
Questions have been raised
about the eligibility requirements. In time, eligibility to write the
examination will be based on a review of the past two years experience with
geothermal and/or grouted wells. Initially, however, the look-back period
will be much longer than two years.
What all of this means is
that drillers intending to apply for the geothermal license should do so
NOW. By applying now, you can meet all of the deadlines to become
licensed prior to the April 1 effective date. More than that, you will
have the benefit of an extended period to demonstrate prior experience with
geothermal or grouted wells. Even if you have questions about the
applicability of your prior experience with geothermal drill holes or with
grouted water wells, we suggest that you make application NOW and work with
the DNR to sort through that experience and determine your eligibility. For HVAC contractors that
subcontract the construction of heat exchange drill holes, you will need to be
certain that your subcontractors are properly licensed by the effective date of
the licensing requirement. Now is the time to have that discussion so
they can apply to take the examination in time to complete the licensing
If you have any questions,
please contact the DNR's Randell Clark (
) or WGA's Executive Director Jeff Beiriger (
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2015 Annual Conference
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Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center
Stevens Point, WI
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The mission of the Wisconsin Geothermal Association is to responsibly advance the geothermal heating and cooling industry in Wisconsin.
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