Building Operator Certification (BOC)

About the Building Operator Certification

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.  It is specifically designed for facility managers and support staff, building operators, maintenance workers, chief/facility engineers and staff, and mechanical and electrical contractors who support chiller plants.

Building Operator Certification (BOC®) Level 1, January 2018
Maui & *NEW* Distance Option for Neighbor Islands

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.

Hawai‘i 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 Hawai‘i, 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.

  • Class days scheduled Jan – March, 2018:
    • BOC 1001 – Energy Efficient Operation of Building HVAC Systems:  Jan 20, 2018 and Jan 27, 2018
    • BOC 1002 – Measuring and Benchmarking Energy Performance:  Feb 3, 2018
    • BOC 1003 – Efficient Lighting Fundamentals:  Feb 10, 2018
    • BOC 1004 – HVAC Controls Fundamentals:  Feb 17, 2018
    • BOC 1005 – Indoor Environmental Quality:  Feb 24, 2018
    • BOC 1006 – Common Opportunities for Low-Cost Operational Improvement:  Mar 3, 2018
    • BOC 1009 – Building Scoping for Operational Improvement:  Mar 10, 2018
  • Times: 8:30am – 4:00 pm
  • Location: Voc/Tech Building, UH Maui College; – GoToWebinar distance option available for neighbor islands
  • Cost to Student: $200 (supported by generous funding from Hawai‘i Energy)
  • Download application for BOC® Level I Building Operator Certification. Please contact Nicolette van der Lee at or 808-984-3379 for more information.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Date January 5, 2018. EXTENDED TO January 16 on Maui, and January 12 on Neighbor islands (to allow time to ship books).
Download application for BOC® Level I Building Operator Certification

  • Comfort with math equations and Excel spreadsheets recommended.
  • Once approved, we will contact you for payment.

Building Operator Certification (BOC®) Level 2 Fall 2018

BOC Level II  consists of seven one-day classes including classroom training, project assignments to be completed at the participant’s facility, and in-class tests administered at the end of each day of training. Completion of Level II requires 61 hours.

** BOC Level 2 Certification Requirements**:

  • A technical degree and three years of experience working in operations and maintenance of a commercial or institutional facility, OR
  • A union membership at journey level and three years of experience, OR
  • BOC Level I certification and four years of experience.
  • Please contact Nicolette van der Lee at or 808-984-3379 for more information.
  • Dates (all classes 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM at UH-Maui College):
    • BOC 201: Preventive Maintenance & Troubleshooting                         TBD 2018
    • BOC 202: Advanced Electrical Systems                                                      TBD 2018
    • BOC 203: HVAC Troubleshooting & Maintenance (two days)            TBD 2018
    • BOC 204: HVAC Controls & Optimization                                                  TBD 2018
    • BOC 214: Introduction to Building Commissioning                               TBD 2018
    • BOC 212: Water Effficiency for Building Operators                                TBD 2018
  • For individuals who qualify for Hawai‘i Energy’s tuition subsidy, $1400 will be covered ($1,600 without subsidy). Approved students will pay a registration fee of $200.
  • Please contact Nicolette van der Lee at or 808-984-3379 for more information.

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 (

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.

If you need registration assistance or would like to register via phone, call Edventure at UHMC at (808) 984-3231.

This program is sponsored by Hawai‘i Energy, the energy conservation and efficiency program of the Hawai‘i Public Utilities Commission, serving residents and businesses in Hawai‘i, Honolulu and Maui counties.

Hawai‘i Energy helps residents and businesses adopt a clean energy lifestyle through cash rebates, and also offers education and training for residents, businesses and trade allies. Learn more at


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Phone: 808-984-3379