In line with the Millennium Development Goals of 2015, the series of Workshops for Decision Makers are followed by annual 1-3 week Short Courses for earth scientists and engineers in surface exploration, deep exploration, production exploration, environmental science and production monitoring etc., depending on the type of geothermal activity and the needs in and of the respective region. The Short Courses include active field work, lectures and project work. Participation is by invitation. The targeted trainees are young scientists and engineers who are active or potential employees in geothermal work in the region. With the growing demand for manpower an additional objective of the Short Courses is to multiply capacity building within a limited time frame.
Specialized Short Courses have been held annually in Africa since 2006. In Central America the series of annual Short Courses was started in 2007 but for various reasons the second Short Course was delayed to 2009.
A cooperation partner is selected with reference to potential and possibilities in hosting such events and overseeing local management. Lecturers are from the UNU-GTP in Iceland and the local partner, usually former UNU Fellows trained in Iceland, and to some extent the neighbouring countries, but renowned international lecturers are brought in if necessary.