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Building Operator Certification Level I & Certification Exam

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Course Description

The Building Operator Certification (BOC) is the Nation’s leading competency-based training and credentialing program for building engineers and maintenance personnel. Graduates make their buildings more comfortable, efficient and environmentally friendly, thanks to skills they master in this course.

BOC teaches building operators to find practical, low and no-cost efficiency solutions by working with existing systems. Independent research shows that BOC operators consistently save money and energy in their facilities — up to $20,000 a year — thanks to energy conservation projects, air quality improvements and other initiatives. Plus, the savings are instant and continuous.

Learning Objectives

Participants will learn about:

  • energy efficient operation of HVAC systems;
  • measuring and benchmarking energy performance;
  • efficient lighting fundamentals;
  • HVAC controls fundamentals;
  • indoor environmental quality;
  • common opportunities for low-cost operational improvement;
  • operations and maintenance practices for sustainable buildings.


Company: Clean Energy Center (at Pennsylvania College of Technology)

Course Dates: Wednesdays,  July 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st, August 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th

BOC Level I










July 10

9am - 4pm



July 17

9am - 4pm



July 24

9am - 4pm



July 31

9am - 4pm



August 7

9am - 4pm



August 14

9am - 4pm



August 21

9am - 4pm



August 28

9am - 4pm

Time Commitment: 74 hours (48 hrs. instructor-led class time, 26 hrs. independent study to complete quizzes and project assignments)

Registration Deadline:  July 5, 2024 at 5:00 pm

Course Type: Virtual, Live Instruction


  • 2+ years of relevant work experience, OR
  • 1+ year of relevant work experience combined with 1+ year of technical education or completion of Fundamentals of Energy Efficient Building Operations.

Course Material: 

Printed copies of the BOC Level I Project Workbook and course manuals will be provided. Digital copies and additional resources are available via the Clean Energy Center’s online learner portal.

  • BOC Level I Project Workbook
  • BOC Level I Project Workbook Sample Dataset
  • Course Manuals (7)
    • BOC 1001, Energy Efficient Operation of Building HVAC Systems
    • BOC 1002, Measuring & 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 1008, O&M Practices for Sustainable Buildings

Exam/Record of Completion:

Training Certificate of Completion (TCOC)

  • Attendance: Absences in excess of 6 hours must be made up by viewing the class recording(s) on the learner portal.
  • Quizzes: 70% or higher on all eight end of class, open-book quizzes.
  • Project Workbook Assignments: Must satisfactorily complete all five BOC Level I project assignments.
  • Other: Employer must verify, in writing, that the learner meets the eligibility requirements. Refer to Prerequisites for the eligibility requirements.

Exam Dates: BOC Level I TCOC holders may take the BOC Certification Exam covered by DCSEU if they complete the course and register by the required date. Individuals who pass the exam will receive the Certified Building Operator (CBO) professional credential. Applications for the BOC Certification Exam must be received by September 30th, 2024. If you miss this date, applications received after this date are subject to the $285 BOC Certification Exam fee to be paid by the student.

Annual Credential Renewal Required? Yes. Visit for details.

Special Instructions: The Center strongly encourages course participants to enable their audio / microphone and webcam for the live, instructor-led Zoom sessions. The learners will be required to engage and communicate with the instructor and other participants throughout class. These classes are designed to be interactive and include group discussions, breakout sessions, polls, and other interactive elements. This level of engagement allows our instructors to gauge participants’ understanding of the course material and is a key component to success.

All training and certification courses are offered at no cost to participants on a first come, first serve basis. Due to the time commitment for this course, registrants will only be allowed to signup for this course if they are not registered for any other courses through the DCSEU that present a time conflict (unless that course is self-paced).This program is designed to expand the local green workforce and local business opportunities.

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