How is the training done?
Each of the classes (usually scheduled biweekly) consists of classroom study, small group exercises, tests and project assignments, some performed at your own work facility. These projects demonstrate your ability to perform skills addressed in the BOC classes. Some project work requires you to gather information about your facility, and provide descriptions and recommendations for particular systems. These work assignments will give you a useful overview of your facility's operational characteristics, energy consumption and maintenance status.
Where and when are the trainings held?
BOC trainings are scheduled in a variety of locations year-to-year to minimize travel time for participants. Select your state from our state map to find nearby locations.
What is the expected time commitment for study and out-of-class projects?
Level I: A total of 56 hours of classroom training over several months, and five project assignments, with each taking approximately four hours to complete. This is a total time commitment of 74 hours.
Level II: A total of 49 hours of classroom training over a few months, plus three project assignments again, approximately four hours each. This is a total time commitment of 61 hours.
Who is sending employees to BOC training?
Major employers across the country send operators to BOC training for certification. Since 1996, around 20,000 operators have earned BOC certification. Awareness of BOC certification is as high as 45% among employers in many regions and is utilized as a key staff training tool for professional development.
Are there rebates for veterans?
We typically have grants available for veterans. Please contact us for more information on what is available in your area.
How can I become an instructor?
We're always looking for instructors and coordinators who are passionate about what they do. Teaching or coordinating BOC is a great opportunity to keep your finger on the pulse of the market, while sharing your knowledge with others in the field. Instructors teach full day classes in their areas of expertise, using the BOC materials and curriculum provided to cover a wide range of topics including building systems, energy conservation, HVAC systems and controls, lighting, health and safety regulations, indoor air quality and facility electrical systems.
If you are interested in becoming an instructor or coordinator, please contact the BOC team for an application. All applications are reviewed and approved by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC) and only NEEC-approved instructors may teach the BOC program.
Who is MEEA?
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) administers the Building Operator Certification program across the Midwest. We are a collaborative network advancing energy efficiency in the Midwest for sustainable economic development and environmental stewardship. As the Midwest’s key resource and champion for energy efficiency, MEEA helps to educate and advise a diverse set of stakeholders on new and meaningful ways to pursue an energy-efficient agenda that’s both achievable and cost-effective. Through partnerships, programs and a dynamic annual conference, we curate a forward-thinking conversation to realize the economic and environmental benefits of energy efficiency.