Environmental

Building Operator Certification

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You can become the expert for energy-efficiency at your business by participating in Building Operator Certification® (BOC) training. BOC includes a series of courses on energy and resource-efficient building operations and maintenance taught by experts in the field. 

BOC offers two levels of certification. Level I requires 56 hours of classroom training and exams as well as five projects. Level II certification requires Level I certification plus 49 hours of additional classroom training and exams as well as three projects. 

Level I certification includes:

  • Energy Efficient Operation of Building HVAC Systems
  • Measuring and Benchmarking Energy Performance
  • Efficient Lighting Fundamentals
  • HVAC Controls Fundamentals
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Common Opportunities for Low-Cost Operational Improvement
  • Facility Electrical Systems

Level II certification includes:

  • Preventative Maintenance & Troubleshooting Principles
  • Advanced Electrical Diagnostics
  • HVAC Troubleshooting & Maintenance (2 days)
  • HVAC Controls & Optimization
  • Two of the following topics: Advanced Indoor Air Quality, Motors in Facilities, Water Efficiency for Building Operators, Mastering Electrical Control Circuits, Introduction to Building Commissioning, Electric Motor Management, Enhanced Automation & Demand Reduction

The BOC program is administered in nine states by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and its utility sponsors. Level I certification consists of eight one day classes with 56 hours of classroom training and exams, plus five projects, which take about four hours to complete. This is a total time commitment of 74 hours. Level II certification requires Level I certification with 49 hours of additional classroom training and exams, plus three projects. This is a total time commitment of 61 hours. Both levels spread the coursework over several months, so you have no extended periods away from work. Current tuition costs are $1,150 for each level of BOC training. Midwest Energy will reimburse 50 percent of your tuition ($575) upon successful certification at each level. Midwest Energy is co-sponsoring BOC courses with Westar Energy. Contact Midwest Energy's Sandy Beisner or James Wright at 1-800-222-3132 for more information.

Visit http://boccentral.org for information about class schedules, locations and online registration or download the BOC brochure.

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