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.

View the BOC Mid-Atlantic brochure.

Who Should Attend

O&M Managers and Supervisors, Building Engineers, Building Managers, Maintenance Technicians, HVAC Technicians, Energy Managers, and others with 2 or more years of experience in the facilities profession.

BOC Level I Course

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. Participants will demonstrate competence in evaluating their facility’s HVAC operation, lighting and electrical system, energy consumption, and maintenance status.

To receive a BOC Level I Training Certificate of Completion, participants must attend six core classes and one supplemental class (selected by the program administrator), pass open-book exams, and complete on-site facility projects assigned. All classes are one-day sessions unless noted otherwise.

Core

  • BOC 1001 - Energy Efficient Operation of Building HVAC Systems (2-day class)
  • 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 (one offered per Level I course)
  • 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 Course

BOC Level II is designed for experienced facility staff who have completed Level I training or have equivalent education and training. Participants will demonstrate advanced skills in maintaining, troubleshooting, and optimizing the performance of building systems.

To receive a BOC Level II Training Certificate of Completion, participants must attend four core classes and two elective classes (selected by the program administrator), pass open-book exams, and complete on-site facility projects assigned.

Core
  • BOC 201 - Preventive Maintenance & Troubleshooting Principles
  • BOC 202 - Advanced Electrical Diagnostics
  • BOC 203 - HVAC Troubleshooting & Maintenance (2-day class)
  • BOC 204 - HVAC Controls & Optimization
Supplemental (two offered per Level II course)
  • 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.

BOC Certification

Candidates that have earned the BOC Training Certificate of Completion are eligible to sit for the BOC Certification Exam, offered after each course.

Individuals that pass the BOC Certification Exam will be awarded certification and can use the designation Certified Building Operator (CBO) after their name.

 

Pricing

Level I or II course:

$1,695/person

Additional Registrant (for every full priced registrant, receive a discount for one additional person from same employer in same course)*:

$1,395/person

GSA Preferred Pricing (federal employees and military veterans only)*:

$1,537.03/person

GSA Preferred Pricing Additional Registrant (for every GSA full priced registrant, receive a discount for one additional registrant from same employer in same course)*:

$1,335.26

Green Schools Alliance Members Discount*:

$100 off full priced registrants

* To take advantage of discounted rates for multiple registrants, federal employees, military veterans, or Green Schools Alliance members, please contact NSSC when registering. Pricing may differ depending on Tuition Rebate Programs available.

 

BOC Certification Exam Fee:

$285

 

Tuition Rebate Programs

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% of the enrollment costs, up to a maximum of $1,000 per certification.

BGE's Smart Energy Savers Program

BGE’s Smart Energy Savers Building Operation Training (BOT) Program offers incentives for building operation personnel within the BGE service territory to receive nationally recognized training, providing them the education to transform their workplaces into more comfortable and energy-efficient environments. The incentives are designed to cover 80% of the enrollment costs with a maximum incentive of $1,000 per certification.

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.

Upcoming Course Schedule

Location Dates Section (use for registration)

Washington, DC

BOC Level I course series

1/31 & 02/1/2017
2/15/2017
3/1/2017

3/15/2017
3/29/2017
4/12/2017
4/26/2017

Closed: Full

Fairfax, VA

BOC Level I course series

1/18 & 19/2017
2/2/2017
2/16/2017

3/2/2017
3/16/2017
3/30/2017
4/13/2017

Closed: Full

Cranberry Township, PA

BOC Level I course series

1/25 & 26/2017
2/8/2017
2/22/2017

3/15/2017
3/29/2017
4/12/2017
4/26/2017

Closed: Full

 

State College, PA

BOC Level I course series

04/06 & 07/2017

04/19/2017

05/05/2017

05/17/2017

05/31/2017

06/14/2017

06/28/2017

Closed: Full

Harrisburg, PA

BOC Level II course series

4/20/2017
5/4/2017
5/18 & 19/2017
6/1/2017
6/15/2017
6/29/2017

Closed: Full

Columbia, MD

BOC Level I course series

05/16 & 17/2017

05/31/2017

06/13/2017

06/27/2017

07/11/2017

07/25/2017

08/08/2017

Closed: Full

Richmond, VA

BOC Level I course series

 

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Philadelphia, PA

BOC Level I course series

 

TBA

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Jersey City, NJ

BOC Level 1 - Evenings
course series

 

TBA

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Washington, DC

BOC Level I course series

 

08/01 & 02/2017

08/16/2017

08/30/2017

09/13/2017

09/27/2017

10/11/2017

10/25/2017

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BOC Questions & Answers

What are the program eligibility requirements?

Eligibility is based on work experience and education AND completion of BOC classes, exams, and facility projects.

Level I: Building Systems Maintenance

It is highly recommended that program participants 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 program participants 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 Training Certificate of Completion or BOC Level I Certification and four years of experience.
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.