Building Operator Certification (BOC)

Building Operator Certification (BOC®) Level 1, 2021

Online via Zoom for Maui, Hawaii, Oahu and  Molokai. Apply today to reserve your seat!

Dates: April 13 – June 3, 2021, Tues/Thur, 11am-2pm, 16 Zoom sessions

About the Building Operator Certification

Building Operator Certification (BOC®) is an ENERGY STAR® award-winning professional development and certification program focusing on energy efficiency, prolonging equipment life, and delivering cost savings through preventive maintenance. The BOC® program was created by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC) and 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.

BOC Level I Certification

  • 16 online Zoom meetings
  • Includes lectures, discussions, projects, small group exercises, and facility tours with total time commitment of approx. 74 hours
  • Upon completion, apply for BOC Level I Training Certificate of Completion

Who Should Attend:

  • Building operators and maintenance workers
  • Facility managers, engineers and support staff
  • Mechanical and electrical contractors who support chiller plants
  • HVAC technicians, electricians, operations technicians and supervisors

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 $1,646 of training costs for qualified participants ($1,895 without subsidy). Approved students will pay only $249 with Hawaii Energy funding.  Once approved, we will contact you for payment.

Apply today to reserve your seat!

Schedule of Class Days, 2021, 11am-2pm:

BOC 1001 – Energy Efficient Operation of Building HVAC Systems, April 13, 15, Instructor: Jacob Marsh
BOC 1001 – Part 2, April 20, 22, Instructor: Jacob Marsh
BOC 1002 – Measuring and Benchmarking Energy Performance, April 22, 29, Instructor: Erik Ahrens
BOC 1003 – Efficient Lighting Fundamentals, May 4, 6, Instructor: Stan Walerczyk
BOC 1004 – HVAC Controls Fundamentals, May 11, 13, Instructor: Erik Ahrens
BOC 1005 – Indoor Environmental Quality, May 18, 20, Instructor: Jennifer Chirico
BOC 1006 – Low-Cost Operational Improvement May 25, 27, Instructor: Alex De Roode
BOC 1007 – Facilities Electrical Systems, June 1, 3, Instructor: Cliff Rutherford

Times: 11:00am – 2:00pm

Location: ONLINE via Zoom

Cost to Student: Approved students will pay a registration fee of $249 with Hawaii Energy funding.

Contact Peg Kelley,, 808-984-3498 for more information.


Apply today to reserve your seat!

  • Comfort with math equations and Excel spreadsheets recommended.

Building Operator Certification (BOC®) Level 2, TBD 2022

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.


Schedule of Class Days, 2020:

BOC 201: Preventive Maintenance & Troubleshooting
BOC 202: Advanced Electrical Systems
BOC 203: HVAC Troubleshooting & Maintenance (two days)
BOC 204: HVAC Controls & Optimization
BOC 214: Introduction to Building Commissioning
BOC 212: Water Effficiency for Building Operators

  • 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 ELWD 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

Keep in touch

Phone: 808-984-3379