Northwest Energy Efficiency Council

Instructor Solicitation Notice

Do you enjoy sharing your knowledge with others in the building engineering profession? If so, we hope you will consider becoming an instructor in the BOC program. The time commitment is part time, approximately 3 to 10 days in a calendar year, and can serve as a complement to existing full-time work and/or consulting commitments.

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC) is seeking qualified professionals to provide classroom instruction in the Building Operator Certification (BOC) program. Applicants must have classroom instruction and field experience in one or more of the subject areas of focus. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on an “Approved Instructor” list to be accessed by NEEC for instructional services. Qualified instructors are typically offered the opportunity to teach between 3 and 10 full day BOC classes in the calendar year.

Becoming a BOC-approved instructor increases your visibility among practicing facilities professionals, and provides access to a network of fellow instructors, a library of teaching resources, and the opportunity to earn CEU’s for your own licenses and credentials. We hope you will consider joining our team.

Our Commitment to Diversity

NEEC is committed to cultivating a workplace and classroom environment for our learners in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We seek to build an instructor pool that reflects the diversity within our current and future learner community. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply, and we desire referrals of women and people of color. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability (physical or mental), marital or veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class.

How to Apply

Application is open on a year round basis. Individuals teaching in the NEEC services areas (WA, CA, and New England states) must complete a BOC Instructor Application (PDF) and return it to NEEC. Applicants interested in teaching in other states can go to Locations for the contact information of local BOC providers. For more information, please contact Shino Severson at 206-588-8099 or email


The Building Operator Certification provides job skills training and credentials to operators of commercial buildings in the subject areas of HVAC systems, lighting, electricity, codes, indoor air quality, and energy conservation techniques. Our learners are building engineers and technicians who come from a wide variety of backgrounds and have 2 or more years’ experience operating and maintaining building systems. BOC classes are delivered by individual subject area, with instructors assigned to subjects within their area of expertise. Each BOC class comes with a fully developed curriculum designed to cover the subject in a one-day, seven-hour training session. It is not necessary for instructors to develop their own curriculum. Instructors are encouraged to supplement the material with their own experiences, classroom discussion and exercises, and “real world” examples of the concepts taught. NEEC provides compensation at competitive rates. Classes are taught online during the COVID-19 period. Post-COVID, we expect to resume on-site classes at which time instructor travel expenses will be reimbursed.

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Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must meet the following minimum criteria.

  • Three or more years experience providing instruction to working professionals in the field of commercial building energy management, facility management, building engineering, operations and maintenance, or a closely related field.
  • Two or more years employment in the field or industry related to the training topic(s) for which the applicant is seeking qualification (e.g., HVAC systems, electrical systems, indoor air quality, etc.).
  • A bachelor’s degree. (Note: Work experience may be substituted for degree. One year of work experience in instruction or industry is equivalent to one year of college degree work.)
  • Two or more references NEEC may contact who have observed the applicant provide instruction.
  • Familiarity with state and local codes and standards.
  • Willingness to travel to locations where BOC training is held.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience observing a BOC class in session.
  • A teaching certification, or evidence of participation in a “Train-the-Trainer” session within the last three years.
  • Training evaluation results from recently taught classes.


NEEC provides compensation at competitive rates. Travel expenses are reimbursed.


Applicants will be notified in writing within 45 days of receipt of the application as to their qualifying status.

About NEEC

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC) is a business association of the energy efficiency industry in Pacific Northwest. Its members encompass a variety of firms that manufacture and provide energy efficiency services and products. The Council’s mission is to promote energy efficiency policies, programs, and technologies that create jobs and foster economic growth and environmental improvement. NEEC developed the BOC program with funding from the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, a non-profit utility-funded consortium, whose mission is to transform markets for energy-efficient goods and services.

NEEC works with an established network of partnering organizations offering BOC training and certification in seventeen states across the county.

BOC Class Topics

Fundamentals of Energy Efficient Building Operations

Part 1: Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Overview
Part 2: HVAC Fundamentals
Part 3: Lighting Fundamentals
Part 4: Energy Conservation Opportunities
Part 5: Indoor Environmental Quality
Part 6: Measuring and Benchmarking Energy Performance
Part 7: Conclusion: Putting It All Together

Level I – Building Systems Maintenance

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
BOC 1007 – Facility Electrical Systems
BOC 1008 – Operation & Maintenance Practices for Sustainable Buildings
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
BOC 1013 – Smart  Buildings Fundamentals

Level II – Improving Building Operational Performance

BOC 2001 – Scoping Your Building for Operational Improvement
BOC 2002 – Optimizing HVAC Controls for Energy Efficiency
BOC 2003 – Introduction to Building Commisioning
BOC 2004 – Water Efficiency For Building Operators
BOC 2005 – Project Peer Exchange Day
BOC 2010 – Preventive Maintenance and Troubleshooting Principles
BOC 2011 – Motors in Facilities
BOC 2012 – Advanced Electrical Systems Diagnostics
BOC 2013 – Mastering Electric Controls Circuits
BOC 2014 – Enhanced Automation and Demand Reduction

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