Northwest Energy Efficiency Council

Solicitation Notice

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 to provide instruction. It is expected that qualified instructors will be offered the opportunity to teach between four and sixteen full day BOC classes in the calendar year for the BOC program.

By becoming a BOC-approved instructor, an individual can gain increased visibility among practicing facilities professionals, access to a network of fellow instructors and teaching resources, and the opportunity to earn CEU’s.

How to Apply

Application is open on a year round basis. Individuals teaching in the NEEC territories (WA, CA, and New England states) must complete a BOC Instructor Application (PDF 124kb) and return it to NEEC. For other states, go to Locations for partner contact to return the application. For more information, please contact Shino Severson at 206-588-8099 or email


Building Operator Certification (BOC) is energy efficiency training and certification for operators of commercial buildings, offering improved job skills and more comfortable, efficient facilities.
BOC training covers a broad range of subject areas including HVAC systems, lighting, electricity, codes, indoor air quality, and energy conservation techniques. Each class comes with a fully developed curriculum designed to cover the subject in a one-day, seven-hour training session. Instructors are encouraged to supplement the curriculum with their own experiences, classroom discussion and exercises, and their own relevant teaching material to provide “real world” examples of the concepts taught.

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

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

Level II – Equipment Troubleshooting and Maintenance

BOC 201 – Preventive Maintenance & Troubleshooting Principles
BOC 202 – Advanced Electrical Diagnostics
BOC 203 – HVAC Troubleshooting & Maintenance
BOC 204 – HVAC Controls & Optimization
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

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