Training for Certification
The Level I course series offers eight one-day classes with Level II offering seven 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.
Level I Course Series
To become Level I certified, participants must attend seven classes, complete class exams and assigned projects for a total of 74 hours, or 7.4 CEU's.
Level I classes support the BOC operator skill standard by devoting significant content to the topics of HVAC controls, common opportunities for operational improvements, and building scoping for energy efficiency. The Level I course series provides building operators with knowledge and skill enhancement in the key activities associated with energy efficient building operations. 1001-1006 are core classes, complemented by one of the supplemental classes which are selected by area program administrators to enhance the BOC training experience to specific regions throughout the country.
The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) has approved the core BOC Level I curriculum for continuing education hours toward the LEED Credential Maintenance Program. 1001 is approved for 16 GBCI continuing education hours, while 1002-1006 are each approved to earn a LEED credential holder 8 continuing education hours. For more information visit our Recognition and Accreditation page.
Provides an overview of the Building Operator Certification program and fundamentals of building systems. Focuses on operation and maintenance of envelope, central heating, cooling, air and ventilating systems in buildings. Emphasis is placed on group problem-solving and exercises with respect to preventive maintenance. Two-day class.
More details on BOC 1001 and course outline.
Operators learn how energy is used in commercial buildings and how to identify and prioritize conservation opportunities. Includes basic principles of energy accounting, evaluation of fuel options, operation and maintenance strategies to improve efficiency, and energy management planning techniques. Participants will learn how to perform quantifiable evaluations of their facilities' energy use in order to be able to target prospects for energy conservation. One-day class.
More details on BOC 1002 and course outline.
Covers lighting fundamentals and types of lighting for economical and energy efficient lighting systems. Participants learn principles of efficient lighting including evaluation of lighting levels, quality and maintenance. Other topics include lighting fixture and control technologies, common upgrades, retrofit and redesign options, and management strategies as they apply to space use and function. One-day class.
More details on BOC 1003 and course outline.
Provides an introduction to automatic control systems and equipment, particularly for central air systems. Participants will learn to target possible inefficiencies in their HVAC systems and to evaluate potential problems as part of an enhanced operation and maintenance program. One-day class.
More details on BOC 1004 and course outline.
Introduces the basic causes of indoor environmental quality problems and begins to develop a method of diagnosis and solution. Students will gain an understanding of the dynamic components of indoor environmental quality in relation to source control, occupant sensitivity and ventilation. Emphasis will be placed on communications with building occupants for reliable investigations without aggravating existing issues. One-day class.
More details on BOC 1005 and course outline.
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This class introduces common opportunities that offer the greatest energy savings potential. This module examines typical areas and problems associated with different system types and equipment as well as tools and techniques for identifying opportunities. One-day class.
More details on BOC 1006 and course outline.
SUPPLEMENTAL COURSES (1 offered per course series)
Participants will learn basic electrical theory, safety procedures, power distribution, and energy conservation to develop a practical understanding of electricity and its use in commercial facilities. Participants will learn basic troubleshooting in order to effectively work with licensed staff and/or contractors with ongoing electrical problems and maintenance support. One-day class.
More details on BOC 1007 and course outline.
Participants will learn O&M best practices for green or high performance buildings including exterior site issues, water efficiency, cleaning products, material and supply purchasing, energy, and indoor environmental quality to improve the performance of both existing buildings and newly-designed green buildings. One-day class.
More details on BOC 1008 and course outline.
Focuses on creating a prioritized scope of work for finding opportunities for energy saving operational adjustments. The content includes presentations and group discussions as well as hands-on information gathering and analysis. Participants will be required to work through an e-learning module as well as collect and analyze data from their facility prior to attending the class. These exercises involve 2-3 hours of preparation before the in class presentation and discussion. One-day class.
More details on BOC 1009 and course outline.
Covers the theory, design, and operational practices for displacement ventilation strategies, under-floor air distribution systems, and naturally ventilated and mixed mode strategies in buildings. Participants learn about new HVAC equipment technologies being installed in high performance buildings. The course covers the financial, energy, operations, maintenance and indoor environmental quality considerations related to high performance HVAC equipment. Examples of high performance HVAC equipment are also presented in the course. One-day class.
More details on BOC 1010 and course outline.
Covers the theory, design, and operational practices for displacement ventilation strategies, under-floor air distribution systems, and naturally ventilated and mixed mode strategies in buildings. Participants learn about methods for capturing heating and cooling energy before it is vented or wasted, and about related technologies currently available in the market. The course covers the theory, design and operational practices for energy recovery from air and water source systems. Examples of energy recovery equipment are also presented in the course. One-day class.
More details on BOC 1011 and course outline.
Participants learn about new HVAC equipment technologies being installed in high performance buildings. The course covers the financial, energy, operations, maintenance and indoor environmental quality considerations related to high performance HVAC equipment. Examples of high performance HVAC equipment are also presented in the course. Participants learn about methods for capturing heating and cooling energy before it is vented or wasted, and about related technologies currently available in the market. The course covers the theory, design and operational practices for energy recovery from air and water source systems. Examples of energy recovery equipment are also presented in the course. One-day class.
More details on BOC 1012 and course outline.
COURSE STRUCTURE: Core and Electives
To become Level II certified, participants must attend four core classes and at least two supplemental classes, complete class exams and assigned projects for a total of 61 hours, or 6.1 CEU's.
Covers the step-by-step process for starting and operating a preventive maintenance program that produces energy savings and equipment reliability. The primary focus is using the system that is set up to manage and implement preventive maintenance. A system review will be conducted from the work orders that are generated to the tools selected by maintenance staff. Specific maintenance and operational issues are addressed in detail in 202 and 203 for electrical and HVAC. Emphasis on effective troubleshooting methods for problem identification, testing procedures, problem solving and operational analysis. Included are the procedures for developing troubleshooting service records. One day.
More details on BOC 201 and course outline.
Students will learn to locate and repair electrical opens, shorts, overloads, and high resistance. The use of digital electric meters is taught along with maintenance and operational procedures to prevent electrical problems and evaluate power quality issues for the facility. One day.
More details on BOC 202 and course outline.
Learn to troubleshoot and improve the efficiencies of the primary heating, cooling and ventilation systems of commercial buildings. This intensive two-day class will focus on system performance evaluation and efficiency optimization of central boiler and chiller systems, vapor-compression cycles of AC and heat pump systems, and distribution and ventilation systems. Two days.
More details on BOC 203 and course outline.
Learn energy efficient operation, maintenance, and service of HVAC controls and related devices for central air systems commonly found in commercial buildings. The course will cover control principles, components, computerized controls, and calibrating the controlled sub-systems. One day
More details on BOC 204 and course outline.
SUPPLEMENTAL COURSES (2 offered per course series)
Participants will learn how motors work, how to identify their uses and applications in facilities, how to identify the steps involved in a quality motor repair and how to make effective repair/ replacement decisions when motors fail. One day.
More details on BOC 211 and course outline.
Students will identify water savings measures in their building through detection and repair of leaks, operational changes, and low-cost equipment improvements. The class will start with an examination of water/sewer bills for savings opportunities. Other subjects will include deduct meters, leaks, faucets, showerheads, toilets, urinals, cooling towers, garbage disposals, and landscapes. One day.
More details on BOC 212 and course outline.
Covers planning, retrofitting and/or troubleshooting basic electrical control systems. Topics include basic electric control concepts, wiring schematic fundamentals, and blueprint to panel-board recognition. Hands-on activities provide an understanding of ladder logic diagram symbols and their equivalent component counterparts. Upon completion, students will be able to identify and modify electric control diagrams, recognize diagram symbols and equivalent components, and comprehend basic electric control system strategies. One day.
More details on BOC 213 and course outline.
Introduces the building commissioning process for new and existing buildings with an emphasis on existing building commissioning and the building operator's role. Topics include an overview of commissioning types, the elements of a successful project, working with a commissioning service provider, and the building operator's role in a commissioning project. At the completion of this class, students will understand the range of commissioning; when, where and what type of commissioning may be appropriate for their building or project; how building operators can reduce commissioning costs through active participation in the process; establish a list of expected work products (deliverables) from a third party commissioning service provider; and access the available resources. One day.
More details on BOC 214 and course outline.
Attendees will learn how to calculate power costs for electric motors, and to identify improvements in motor management practices that make big differences in system reliability and electricity bills. Topics include calculating motor operating costs; practical uses of a motor database for repair/replace decisions; a model repair specification for ensuring quality repair; and a demonstration of free tools and software to improve motor management. The presentation format will include practical exercises, interactive discussion, and a demonstration of free motor database software. One day.
More details on BOC 215 and course outline.
This class introduces technologies to help building personnel better manage their energy use, reduce electrical demand, and maintain or even improve the comfort of building occupants. Topics covered include how to screen buildings to assess enhanced automation (EA) potential, lighting and HVAC technologies and control strategies, energy management and information systems, as well as EA implementation strategies. Upon completion, students will understand the complexities of enhanced automation and the role of the building operator in making EA really work in facilities. One day.
More details on BOC 216 and course outline.