Operator Certification is a professional certification
for staff who operate and maintain commercial and public buildings including schools, universities, county facilities, joint vocationals, state facilities, libraries, hospitals and zoos. Operators
earn certification by attending training sessions and completing project
assignments in their facilities. The certification provides a credential
for their professional development while also offering employers a way
to identify skilled operators. Please
for details on BOC Certification Eligibility requirements.
Ohio Department of Development has obtained a license for implementation
of the program in Ohio. OPFMA is playing an increasing role in this effort
beginning in 2003. The first BOC course series in Ohio began on February
21, 2003 at Columbus State Community College. OPFMA has been the
implementer of the BOC Program beginning with the fourth series on April
23, 2004 in Columbus. Twenty-seven series are now complete. The twenty-
twenty-ninth, and thirtieth course series are underway. The thirty-first series have been announced. Regular registration is
$1295 for each participant but members of OPFMA get a discount - only
$1245. Call OPFMA at (440) 716-8518 to inquire.
certifies individuals in energy and resource efficient operation
of building systems at two levels: Level I - Building System
Maintenance and Level II - Equipment Troubleshooting and Maintenance.
Participants attend classes, complete tests and in-facility
projects, and receive Building Operator Certification from
the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council. Each level includes
seven classes, and each class covers a different topic of
building operation. Sponsors of the BOC program have the flexibility
to adjust topics of the classes to correspond with local needs,
but in general, courses may include topics like the following:
I: Classes may include topics such as a building systems overview,
energy conservation techniques, HVAC systems and controls,
efficient lighting, indoor air quality, and facility electrical
II: Classes may cover issues such as preventative maintenance
and operations, advanced electrical diagnostics, HVAC troubleshooting
and maintenance, HVAC controls and optimization, advanced
indoor air quality, and motors in facilities.
For details, see BOC
program has been successful at offering energy savings. The
Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance found that over 65% of
BOC certified operators are applying concepts learned in training
and 26% undertake specific measures such as large energy conservation
projects and IAQ improvements. They also estimate that the
average annual per participant energy savings are 28,600 kWh.
Next BOC Series:
Cost - $1295 for 8 days of class work plus assignments
OPFMA member cost -
individual members save some,
institutional members save more!
Call (440) 716-8518
Information: National BOC
Information: BOC Central