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Building Operator Certification (BOC®)

BOC Level 1, Fall 2014

Sponsored by Hawaii Energy, don’t miss this rare opportunity offered once a year! BOC® is a comprehensive, nationally recognized energy efficiency training and certification program in commercial building operations and maintenance and includes topics such as measuring and benchmarking energy performance, efficiency in HVAC and lighting systems, indoor environmental quality, and common opportunities and building scoping for operational improvement.

BOC® is specifically designed for facility managers and support staff, building operators, maintenance workers, chief/facility engineers and support staff, and mechanical and electrical contractors who support chiller plants. Applicants who are experienced or currently employed in one of these positions will be given preference.

The BOC® program is licensed by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council, a non-profit trade association that promotes energy efficiency through building operator training.. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) named NEEC as a winner of the 2012 ENERGY STAR Award for Excellence in ENERGY STAR promotion through the BOC® program. This award recognizes the organizations efforts to improve energy efficiency and reduce pollution, resulting in significant cost savings. BOC® graduates save $20,000 annually on energy bills for their companies through energy conservation (

The BOC Level I certification consists of 56 class hours, including in-class exams, plus five project assignments, for a total time commitment of about 74 hours. Classes include lectures, discussions, small group exercises, and facility tours.  Projects require each participant to demonstrate competence by preparing an HVAC equipment floor plan for their building (or part of a building), benchmarking a building using Energy Star Portfolio Manager (ESPM), conducting a lighting survey and lighting retrofit case study, completing an HVAC controls review, and developing an occupancy schedule for part or all of their facility.

Hawaii Energy, a ratepayer-funded conservation and efficiency program administered by Leidos Engineering, LLC under contract with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, serving the islands of Hawaii, Lanai, Maui, Molokai and Oahu, will subsidize $1,400 of training costs for qualified participants ($1,600 without subsidy). Approved students will pay only $200 with Hawaii Energy funding.

  • Dates: Eight Class Meetings: Thu. 10/16 (please note date change for first class), Sat. 10/25, Thu. 10/30, Fri. 11/7, Sat. 11/15, Fri. 11/21, Sat. 12/6, Thu. 12/11
  • Times: 8:00am – 4:30 pm
  • Location: UHMC Campus
  • Cost to Student: $200 (supported by generous funding from Hawaii Energy)
  • Application for BOC® Level I Building Operator Certification: Click here to download application (.doc).  Please email completed application to; mail to SLIM, 310 W. Ka’ahumanu Ave, Kahului, HI 96732; or hand deliver to SLIM at Laulima Building, UH Maui College. Please call Melanie Stephens at 808-984-3502 with any questions.
  • Comfort with math equations and Excel spreadsheets recommended.
  • Once approved, we will contact you for payment.
  • Download flyer (.pdf)

Continuing Education Hours

As an alternative to the full certification, you may elect to join individual sections to earn continuing education hours for other credentials. The United States Green Building Council ( has approved the core BOC® Level I curriculum for continuing education hours toward the LEED Credential Maintenance Program. 1001 is approved for 16 GBCI continuing education hours, while 1002-1006 are each approved to earn a LEED credential holder 8 continuing education hours.

To register for individual sections, you may click on course titles below if selecting one or more single courses and paying the full fee. If you need registration assistance or would like to register via phone, call Edventure at UHMC at (808) 984-3231.

BOC 1001 – Energy Efficient Operation of Building HVAC Systems
Thu Oct 16, 8am-4:30pm, Day 1 Instructors: Alex de Roode, John Bendon (pls note date change for first day of class)
Sat, Oct 25, 8am-4:30pm, Day 2 Instructor: Rory Reily
BOC 1002 – Measuring and Benchmarking Energy Performance
Thu, Oct 30, 8am-4:30pm, Instructor: Michael Chang
BOC 1003 – Efficient Lighting Fundamentals
Fri, Nov 7, 8am-4:30pm, Instructor; Stan Walerczyk
BOC 1004 – HVAC Controls Fundamentals
Sat, Nov 15, 8am-4:30pm, Instructor: Rory Reiley
BOC 1005 – Indoor Environmental Quality
Fri, Nov 21, 8am-4:30pm, Instructor: Jennifer Chirico
BOC 1006 – Common Opportunities for Low-Cost Operational Improvement
Sat, Dec 6, 8am-4:30pm, Instructor: Rory Reiley
BOC 1009 – Building Scoping for Operational Improvement
Thu, Dec 11, 8am-4:30pm, Instructor: Michael Chang

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