The following article was shared by our partner, MEEA. Be sure to visit their website for news regarding BOC courses throughout the Midwest.


MEEA is excited to announce new Building Operator Certification (BOC®) programs in Nebraska and Ohio.

Nebraska-based building operators will have their first opportunity this February to earn the award-winning BOC credential and learn valuable techniques for saving energy in their facilities.  A collaborative effort between MEEA, the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD), and the Central Community College (CCC), the Nebraska BOC program begins on February 12 at the CCC Columbus campus. Facilities that are eligible to participate in NPPD’s EnergyWiseSMincentive program (a customer of NPPD or one of its wholesale utility partners) may apply for full tuition reimbursement from NPPD upon attaining certification and implementing an approved energy efficiency project.

In Ohio, MEEA is partnering with AEP Ohio to help its commercial customers realize energy and cost savings through BOC.  The AEP Ohio BOC program kicks off in Findlay, Ohio starting on March 7, and additional training will be offered later in the year.  AEP Ohio, a MEEA member, is encouraging participation in BOC by offering its Ohio customers two awards that together cover the cost of tuition for their employees – a Certification Award for successful BOC certification (provided that the customer is not a state-funded facility, except a facility of a state institution of higher education) and a Project Award for approved in-facility project completion.  MEEA offers additional BOC programs throughout Ohio in partnership with the Ohio Public Facilities Maintenance Association.

Expansion is just one of the strategic objectives of the Midwest BOC program.  MEEA recently brought together its BOC partners at the Midwest Energy Solutions conference to discuss and strategize around other exciting initiatives such as the Illinois veterans pilot program, online learning, and third-party program evaluations.

Stan Price, Executive Director of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC), the national administrator and copyright holder of BOC, applauded MEEA and the Midwest BOC partners for their achievements over the past year and for leading the way on innovative BOC models such as the Illinois veterans pilot program.

Licensed by NEEC to deliver BOC in eight states in the Midwest, MEEA has certified over 3,100 BOC graduates since 2003 through partnerships with over 25 utilities, state and local governments, trade associations, and educational institutions.

Additional upcoming BOC series include:

BOC Level I  
Start Date Location
February 6 Glen Ellyn, IL
February 6 Wichita, KS
February 13 Moline, IL
February 19 Springfield, IL
February 21 Columbus, OH
March 8 Ankeny, IA
March 14 Lansing, MI
March 20 Cleveland, OH
April 16 Topeka, KS
April 18 Toledo, OH
BOC Level II
March 12 Salina, KS

For more information about BOC, please visit or contact Kerry Granfield or 312-784-7243.

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