LEVEL 1

Training for Certification

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The Level I course series offers six core classes and one of six supplemental classes. Level II offers four core classes and at least two of seven supplemental classes. Course series consist of classroom training, project assignments to be completed at the participant’s facility, and in-class exams administered at the end of each day of training. Completion of Level I requires a time commitment of 74 hours; Level II requires 61 hours.

Classes consist of lecture, discussion, small group exercises, and facility tours. Facility projects require participants to demonstrate competence in locating building equipment, distribution pathways, and control points; calculating facility energy consumption; critiquing HVAC systems operation; and, sketching the facility's electrical distribution system.To become Level I certified, participants must attend seven classes, complete class exams and assigned projects for a total of 74 hours, or 7.4 CEU's.

The Building Operator Certification (BOC) program is pleased to announce the implementation of the new scheme classes in the Level I course series. New classes will be widely available in 2013. The classes support the BOC operator skill standard by devoting more content to the topics of HVAC controls, common opportunities for operational improvements, and building scoping for energy efficiency. The new course series will provide building operators with knowledge and skill enhancement in the key activities associated with energy efficient building operations. 1001-1006 are core classes, complemented by one of the supplemental classes which are selected by area program administrators to enhance the BOC training experience to specific regions throughout the country.


Core Courses

BOC 1001 – Energy Efficient Operation of Building HVAC Systems

In this two-day class, participants will learn about the Building Operator Certification training program and the requirements for demonstrating their knowledge and ability to apply the essentials of effective and energy efficient operations and maintenance. Participants will learn the fundamentals of building systems, including the envelope, heating, cooling, and air and ventilating systems, to be able to understand and relate how those systems interact with each other, the building, the occupants, and the environment. 20 hrs. More details on BOC 1001 and course outline.

BOC 1002 – Measuring and Benchmarking Energy Performance

Participants will learn how to perform quantifiable evaluations of their facilities’ energy use in order to be able to target prospects for energy conservation. Participants will learn energy management planning techniques and the basic principles of energy accounting to identify ways to improve efficiency. 10 hrs. More details on BOC 1002 and course outline.

BOC 1003 – Efficient Lighting Fundamentals

Participants will learn lighting fundamentals and principles of efficient lighting including: evaluation of lighting levels; fixture and control technologies; retrofit and redesign options; and required maintenance to reduce energy use associated with lighting while maintaining recommended lighting levels needed for productivity and safety. 10 hrs. More details on BOC 1003 and course outline.

BOC 1004 – HVAC Controls Fundamentals

Participants will learn the fundamentals of automatic control systems for building mechanical systems to target possible inefficiencies in their HVAC systems and to evaluate potential problems as part of an enhanced operation and maintenance program. Participants will be introduced to Building Automation Systems (BAS) and the graphic user interface as a cost effective tool to review real time building data, identify problems, and verify proper performance for air handling and central plant systems. 10 hrs. More details on BOC 1004 and course outline.

BOC 1005 – Indoor Environmental Quality

Participants will learn about the causes of indoor environmental quality (IEQ) problems and the relationships between cause, control, occupant sensitivity, and ventilation in order to develop a reliable method of diagnosis and remediation. 10 hrs. More details on BOC 1005 and course outline.

BOC 1006 – Common Opportunities for Low-Cost Operational Improvement

Participants will learn typical areas and problems with different system types and equipment and the relevant diagnostic tools and techniques to identify common opportunities that offer the greatest energy savings potential. 7 hrs. More details on BOC 1006 and course outline.

Supplemental Courses
(1 offered per course series)

BOC 1007 – Facility Electrical Systems

Participants will learn basic electrical theory, safety procedures, power distribution, and energy conservation to develop a practical understanding of electricity and its use in commercial facilities. Participants will learn basic troubleshooting in order to effectively work with licensed staff and/or contractors with ongoing electrical problems and maintenance support. 7 hrs. More details on BOC 1007 and course outline.

BOC 1008 – Operation & Maintenance Practices for Sustainable Buildings

Participants will learn O&M best practices for green or high performance buildings including exterior site issues, water efficiency, cleaning products, material and supply purchasing, energy, and indoor environmental quality to improve the performance of both existing buildings and newly-designed green buildings. 7 hrs. More details on BOC 1008 and course outline.

BOC 1009 – Building Scoping for Operational Improvement 

Participants will learn hands-on information gathering and analysis and create a prioritized scope of work for finding opportunities for energy saving operational adjustments to plan a building tune-up project. Participants will be required to work through an e-learning module prior to attending the class. 7 hrs. More details on BOC 1009 and course outline.

BOC 1010 – Energy Efficient Ventilation Strategies and High Performance Heating and Cooling Equipment 

Participants will learn the theory, design, and operational practices for displacement ventilation strategies, underfloor air distribution systems, and naturally ventilated and mixed mode strategies in buildings to improve thermal comfort, reduce system energy use, and maintain an effective and high-performing ventilation system. Participants will learn the theory, design, and operational practices for new HVAC equipment technologies being installed in high performance buildings, so they can calculate the total cost of ownership, help building owners comply with energy codes, and meet building energy management goals. 7 hrs. More details on BOC 1010 and course outline.

BOC 1011 – Energy Efficient Ventilation Strategies and Energy Savings through Energy Recovery 

Participants will learn the theory, design, and operational practices for displacement ventilation strategies, under-floor air distribution systems, and naturally ventilated and mixed mode strategies in buildings to improve thermal comfort, reduce system energy use, and maintain an effective and high-performing ventilation system. Participants will learn the theory, design and operational practices for energy recovery from air and water source systems to determine applicable methods for capturing heating and cooling energy before it is vented or wasted in their building. 7 hrs. More details on BOC 1011 and course outline.

BOC 1012 – High Performance Heating and Cooling Equipment and Energy Savings through Energy Recovery

Participants will learn the theory, design, and operational practices for new HVAC equipment technologies being installed in high performance buildings and calculate total cost of ownership to help building owners comply with energy codes and meet building energy management goals. Participants will learn the theory, design and operational practices for energy recovery from air and water source systems to determine applicable methods for capturing heating and cooling energy before it is vented or wasted in their building. 7 hrs. More details on BOC 1012 and course outline.