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Geothermal Contractors


Section 43-35-11 states:

Certificate required. - After the first day of January 1972, no person, partnership, firm, or corporation shall engage in the business of water well contracting unless certified to do so by the board of water well contractors.

Section 43-35-13 North Dakota Century Code states in part:

CERTIFICATE - How obtained - Fee - Bond. Any person desiring to take the examination to become a certified water well or monitoring well contractor shall first have completed a minimum of one year apprenticeship or experience in water well drilling and construction under the direct supervision of a certified water well contractor or have completed a vocational school program of at least one year in water well construction and shall make application to the Board and pay to the board treasurer a nonrefundable examination fee in the amount of ten dollars.

Therefore, it will be necessary for you to provide documentation regarding your actual experience in geothermal construction during the past year. References must also be provided who can attest to your geothermal experience. The information and references must be received at least 30 days prior to the exam as references must be checked and submitted to the ND Board of Water Well Contractors for their approval. The law requires that written notification of the board's approval be sent out at least 10 days before the test is given.

The certification exam is given quarterly in February, May, August, and November. The fee for taking the exam is $100. Upon successful completion of the exam and furnishing a surety bond in the amount of $2,000, a certification fee of $200 will also be required. The bond and certification fee must be furnished within six (6) months of the exam date or the test will have to be repeated.

For further information regarding Geothermal Regulations and Permits: