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.
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) have collaborated to bring the Building Operator Certification (BOC) program to the Commonwealth of Kentucky through funding provided by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet.
The education and technical assistance provided through this collaboration will contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and support conservation of energy in existing buildings and facilities through implementation of energy efficiency measures.
Additionally, KPPC will provide coaching assistance to training participants for course assignments and facility-level operations to enhance effectiveness and increase implementation rates.
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
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.
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:
- 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
- Preventive Maintenance and Troubleshooting Principles
- Advanced Electrical Diagnostics
- HVAC Troubleshooting and Maintenance (2 days)
- HVAC Controls and Optimization
- Motors in Facilities
- Building Commissioning
BOC Training Schedule
Building Operator Certification (BOC) training includes nearly 74 hours of classroom and project work (7.4 CEUs) in building systems operation and maintenance. Each class in the series is completed in one day, except BOC 1001 – Energy Efficient Operation of Building HVAC Systems, which is a two day class. To complete the series, participants must pass a test at the end of each training day and complete five assigned projects. All classes are held from 8 am to 4 pm unless otherwise specified. Tuition must be paid prior to the first day of class.
Open registration is now closed for the first round of Level I training that begins May 16, 2018. There will be a second round of Level I training scheduled for the fall of 2018 with registration opening very soon.
- Level I Curriculum
BOC 1001 – Energy Efficient Operation of Building HVAC Systems
BOC 1002 – Measuring and Benchmarking Energy Performance
BOC 1003 – Efficient Lighting Fundamentals
BOC 1004 – HVAC Controls Fundamentals
BOC 1005 – Indoor Environmental Quality
BOC 1006 – Low-Cost Operational Improvement
BOC 1007 – Facility Electrical Systems (Supplemental Course)
One supplemental course is offered per series from the following options:
BOC 1007 – Facility Electrical Systems
BOC 1008 – Operation & Maintenance Practices for Sustainable Buildings
BOC 1009 – Building Scoping for Operational Improvement
BOC 1010 – Energy Efficient Ventilation Strategies and High-Performance Heating & Cooling Equipment
BOC 1011 – Energy Efficient Ventilation Strategies and Energy Savings through Energy Recovery
BOC 1012 – High Performance Heating & Cooling Equipment and Energy Savings through Energy Recovery
- Level II Curriculum
Level II courses:
BOC 201 – Preventative Maintenance and Troubleshooting Principles
BOC 202 – Advanced Electrical Diagnostics
BOC 203 – Advanced HVAC Troubleshooting and Maintenance
BOC 204 – Advanced HVAC Controls and Optimization
Two supplemental courses are offered per series from the following options:
BOC 210 – Advanced Indoor Air Quality
BOC 211 – Motors in Facilities
BOC 212 – Water Efficiency for Building Operators
BOC 213 – Mastering Electric Control Circuits
BOC 214 – Introduction to Building Commissioning
BOC 215 – Electric Motor Management
BOC 216 – Enhanced Automation & Demand Reduction
BOC training is offered regionally across thirteen states in the Midwest throughout the year. Find out more about where and when training is scheduled.