Building Operator Certification

Building Operator Certification

Building Operator Certification (BOC®) is a nationally recognized, competency-based training and certification program that offers facilities personnel the improved job skills and knowledge to transform workplaces to be more comfortable, energy-efficient, and environmentally friendly. 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.

Certification is competency-based and offered at two levels - Level I and II. BOC Level I emphasizes energy efficient building operation and maintenance practices, while BOC Level II emphasizes equipment preventive maintenance and troubleshooting.

Who Should Attend

M&O Managers and Supervisors, Building Engineers, Building Managers, Maintenance Technicians, HVAC Technicians, Energy Managers, and others in the facilities profession.

Training for Certification

The Level I course series offers 8 one-day classes with Level II offering 7 one-day classes. Course series consist of classroom training, project assignments to be completed at the participant’s facility, and in-class exams administered at the end of each day of training. Completion of Level I requires a time commitment of 74 hours; Level II requires 61 hours.

Classes consist of lecture, discussion, small group exercises, and facility tours. Facility projects require participants to demonstrate competence in locating building equipment, distribution pathways, and control points; calculating facility energy consumption; critiquing HVAC systems operation; and, sketching the facility's electrical distribution system.

BOC Level I Course Series

BOC Level I is designed for operators with two or more years experience in building operation and maintenance who wish to broaden their knowledge of the total building system. Individuals certified at Level I have demonstrated competence in evaluating their facility’s HVAC operation, lighting and electrical system, energy consumption, and maintenance status. Level I certification candidates must attend seven classes and successfully complete open-book exams and work-site application projects. All courses are one-day sessions unless noted otherwise.

1001-1006 are core classes, complemented by one of the supplemental classes that is selected by area program administrators, to enhance the BOC training experience to specific regions throughout the country.

Core
  • 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 - Common Opportunities for Low-Cost Operational Improvement
Supplemental Courses (one offered per course series)
  • BOC 1007 - Facility Electrical Systems
  • BOC 1008 - Operation and Maintenance Practices for Sustainable Buildings
  • BOC 1009 - Building Scoping for Operational Improvement
  • BOC 1010 - Energy Efficient Ventilation Strategies and High Performance Heating and Cooling Equipment
  • BOC 1011 - Energy Efficient Ventilation Strategies and Energy Savings Through Energy Recovery
  • BOC 1012 - High Performance Heating and Cooling Equipment and Energy Savings Through Energy Recovery

View BOC course descriptions.

BOC LEVEL II

BOC Level II is designed for experienced facility staff who have received Level I certification or have equivalent education and training. Individuals certified at Level II will be able to demonstrate advanced skills in maintaining, troubleshooting, and optimizing the performance of building systems. Level II certification candidates must attend four core classes and two elective classes and successfully complete open-book exams and work-site application projects.

201-204 are core classes, complemented by two of the supplemental classes that is selected by area program administrators, to enhance the BOC training experience to specific regions throughout the country.

Core
  • BOC 201 - Preventive Maintenance & Troubleshooting Principles
  • BOC 202 - Advanced Electrical Diagnostics
  • BOC 203 - HVAC Troubleshooting & Maintenance
  • BOC 204 - HVAC Controls & Optimization
Supplemental Courses (two offered per course series)
  • 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 and Demand Reduction

View BOC course descriptions.

Educational Partnerships

Green Building Certification Institute

The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) has approved BOC® Level I classes as continuing education training for LEED® professionals seeking to maintain their credentialing requirements. Each of the seven BOC Level I classes provides from 8 to 16 hours toward this requirement.

BOMI International

The BOMI International accepts BOC classes for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points towards renewal of the professional designations offered by BOMI Institute.

PEPCO's C&I Energy Savings Program

PEPCO's C&I Energy Savings Program has approved many BOC courses under their Operation & Maintenance (O&M) Training Incentive. Each PEPCO-approved applicant is eligible to receive a cash incentive of 80% up to a maximum of $1,000 of enrollment costs, per course.

Upcoming Course Schedule

Location Dates Section (use for registration)
Pittsburgh, PA 06/25-26/14
07/10/14
07/24/14
08/07/14
08/21/14
09/11/14
09/25/14
BOC100-02: PA DEP Group Course
Harrisburg, PA 10/07/14
10/21/14
11/05/14
11/18/14
12/16/14
01/13/15
01/27/15
02/10/15
BOC100-01: PA DEP Group Course

Current Course Offerings

  • No classes are currently scheduled.

Courses may be customized to meet your company's needs. Contact NSSC for more information.

Interested in learning more about BOC?

Watch this free BOC informational webcast!

BOC Questions & Answers

What are the eligibility requirements for the Building Operator Certification?

Eligibility for certification is based on work experience and education AND completion of BOC classes, exams, and on-the-job projects.

Level I: Building Systems Maintenance

It is highly recommended that applicants for certification have a high school diploma or GED and must have one of the following:

  • two or more years of experience working in operations and maintenance of a commercial or institutional facility,

OR

  • a minimum of one year of experience working in operations and maintenance of a commercial or institutional facility AND one year of technical college level education in commercial or industrial facilities operations and maintenance,

OR

  • two or more years of experience in energy management of commercial, institutional, or industrial facilities with a focus on operations and maintenance.
Level II: Equipment Troubleshooting & Maintenance

It is highly recommended that applicants for certification have a high school diploma or GED and must have one of the following:

  • a technical degree and three years of experience working in operations and maintenance of a commercial or institutional facility,

OR

  • a union membership at journey level and three years of experience,

OR

  • BOC Level I certification and four years of experience.
Do I have to take coursework in order to become certified?

Applicants who believe they have the necessary skills to become certified without participating in classes may demonstrate their knowledge and skills through a BOC challenge exam and an on-the-job project. Upon successful completion of the exam and project, individuals may apply for certification.

How do I become certified?

The effective practice of building operations and maintenance requires in-depth knowledge and experience of a wide variety of subjects. For certification purposes, candidates need only to demonstrate a knowledge and ability to apply the essentials of effective and energy efficient operations and maintenance. This is demonstrated through successful completion of classes in Level I and/or II course series, class exams, and on-the-job application projects.
To be awarded BOC certification, candidates must meet the eligibility criteria above and have obtained the following:

  • satisfactory completion of seven classes in Level I and/or six classes in Level II, and
  • a passing grade on class exams, and
  • completion of on-the-job projects assigned for each class.

Building operators who meet the eligibility and certification requirements above may apply to the BOC program for certification. Complete the certification application and return it to the BOC program.

Individuals awarded BOC certification will receive a certificate bearing their name as a Certified Building Operator, an identification card, a letter of recognition sent to the employer and the company employee newsletter, and a subscription to the BOC Bulletin (a semi-annual newsletter offering technical articles, industry best practices, and continuing education opportunities).

How do I maintain my certification?

The continuing education of building operators improves their ability to cope with changing building equipment, practices, and technologies. To remain certified, a building operator must accumulate maintenance points (5 points/year for Level I and 10 points/year for Level II) following the date of certification. Renewal notices are issued annually in January for re-certification. The fee is $65. Please visit BOC’s website for more information on maintaining your certification.

How do I find out more about the Building Operator Certification?

Please visit BOC's website to learn more about Building Operator Certification.

Can I arrange to have a BOC Level I course for a group at my location?

Yes, if your organization or company would like to schedule a BOC Level I course at your location, please contact us; NSSC will be happy to accommodate your request.

 

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