Building Operator Certification

Optimize your building performance with Building Operator Certification

Running a building isn’t the job it used to be, and investing in technology isn’t enough. A well-trained facilities staff makes the difference in running building operations more efficiently, saving you energy and money.

Building Operator Certification (BOC) is a nationally recognized, competency-based program focusing on energy-efficient building operations and preventive maintenance procedures. The program will train facility personnel to understand how their building systems work together, and how to bring them to their most efficient level of operation.


Why BOC?

The complexities and inter-dependencies of a facility’s systems – HVAC, electric, lighting, etc. – require an understanding of the big picture so that they work together optimally to promote energy efficiency. The Building Operator Certification program trains facilities personnel to understand how these systems work together, and how to bring them to their most efficient level of operation. Level I training provides an overview of critical building systems. Level II emphasizes preventative maintenance and more targeted training.

Whether your facility has already taken steps to improve efficiency or you’re just beginning, BOC provides the training to keep building operators up to date on the newest energy technology available and to hear best practices firsthand from experts in the field.

Installing new technology is only half the story. In order to get the most out of your building, operations and maintenance staff must learn to manage and analyze energy usage properly. BOC provides access to the latest information, a network of peers and resources, and the tools needed to excel in energy conservation efforts.

With its national accreditation and broad network, the BOC credential is recognized by employers across the country as a sign of the value and contributions certified facilities management personnel can bring to their organizations.

BOC in Kentucky

The Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) and the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) collaborated in 2018 to bring the Building Operator Certification (BOC) program to the Commonwealth of Kentucky through funding that was provided by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet.

The education and technical assistance that was provided through this collaboration empowered attendees to achieve reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and support conservation of energy in existing buildings and facilities through implementation of energy efficiency measures.

Additionally, KPPC provided coaching assistance to training participants for course assignments and facility-level operations to enhance effectiveness and increase implementation rates.

Through this partnership, KPPC and MEEA will continue to look for opportunities to make this valuable training available to Kentucky in the future. In the meantime, BOC training is offered regionally across thirteen states in the Midwest throughout the year.

Find out more about where and when BOC training is scheduled.

Call for Instructors
Building Operator Certification (BOC) is energy efficiency training for operators of commercial buildings, offering improved job skills and more comfortable, efficient facilities. Instructors teach full day classes in their areas of expertise, using the BOC materials and curriculum provided to cover a wide range of topics.

Why become an instructor?

  • Gain valuable teaching experience, while sharing your knowledge of the industry
  • Opportunity to keep your finger on the pulse of the market
  • Compensation at competitive rates and approved travel expenses are reimbursed
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Networking opportunities with other professionals


Learn more about instructor qualifications and how to apply.



Building Operator Certification Training

BOC offers two credential tracks. The first track is a Training Certificate of Completion. A Training Certificate of Completion can be earned by fulfilling eligibility requirements, attending and passing the 8-day Level I or 6-day Level II series, and completing all homework assignments and tests.

The second track is a Certification. The Certification can be earned by first fulfilling all requirements for the Certificate of Completion, and then passing the Certification Exam. Learn more about the Certification Exam here.

Read more about the difference between the credential tracks here.

Through classroom instruction in a three month period along with small group exercises and facility-based project assignments, BOC’s qualified instructors will help you master the following topics:

Level I Training (8 days of training)

  • Energy Efficient Operation of Building HVAC Systems (2 days)
  • Measuring and Benchmarking Energy Performance
  • Efficient Lighting Fundamentals
  • HVAC Control Fundamentals
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Common Opportunities for Low-Cost Operational Improvement
  • Facility Electrical Systems
Level II Training (7 days of training)

  • Preventive Maintenance and Troubleshooting Principles
  • Advanced Electrical Diagnostics
  • HVAC Troubleshooting and Maintenance (2 days)
  • HVAC Controls and Optimization
  • Motors in Facilities
  • Building Commissioning

Level I training beginning September 11, 2019 in Frankfort, KY is now open for registration!

Find out more about this upcoming series and register today!