Instructors needed for the Building Operator Certification Program

SPEER is seeking qualified professionals to provide classroom instruction in the Building Operator Certification program. By becoming a BOC-approved instructor, you can gain increased visibility among practicing facilities professionals, access to a network of fellow instructors and teaching resources, and the opportunity to earn CEU’s. Applicants must have classroom instruction and field experience in one or more of the subject areas of focus. Listed below is a more detailed description of applicant requirements.

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Building Operator Certification (BOC) is energy efficiency training and certification for operators of commercial buildings, offering improved job skills and more comfortable, efficient facilities. BOC training covers a broad range of subject areas including HVAC systems, lighting, electricity, codes, indoor air quality, and energy conservation techniques. Each class comes with a fully developed curriculum designed to cover the subject in a one-day, seven-hour training session. Instructors are encouraged to supplement the curriculum with their own experiences, classroom discussion and exercises, and their own relevant teaching material to provide “real world” examples of the concepts taught.

Minimum qualifications:
Applicants must meet the following minimum criteria.

  • Three or more years experience providing instruction to working professionals in the field of commercial building energy management, facility management, building engineering, operations and maintenance, or a closely related field.
  • Two or more years employment in the field or industry related to the training topic(s) for which the applicant is seeking qualification (e.g. HVAC systems, electrical systems, indoor air quality, etc.)
  • A bachelor’s degree. (Note: Work experience may be substituted for degree. One year of work experience in instruction or industry is equivalent to one year of college degree work.)
  • Two or more references that may be contacted who have observed the applicant provide instruction.
  • Familiarity with state and local codes and standards.
  • Willingness to travel to locations where BOC training is held.

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience observing a BOC class in session.
  • A teaching certification, or evidence of participation in a “Train-the-Trainer” session within the last three years.
  • Training evaluation results from recently taught classes.

BOC Class Topics

Level I – Building Systems Maintenance

1001 – Energy Efficient Operations of Building HVAC Systems
1002 – Measuring and Benchmarking Energy Performance
1003 – Efficient Lighting Fundamentals
1004 – HVAC Controls Fundamentals
1005 – Indoor Environmental Quality
1006 – Common Opportunities for Low-Cost Operational Improvement

Level II – Equipment Troubleshooting and Maintenance

BOC 201 – Preventive Maintenance & Troubleshooting Principles
BOC 202 – Advanced Electrical Diagnostics
BOC 203 – HVAC Troubleshooting & Maintenance
BOC 204 – HVAC Controls & Optimization
BOC 210 – Advanced Indoor Air Quality
BOC 211 – Motors In Facilities
BOC 212 – Water Efficiency For Building Operators
BOC 213 – Mastering Electric Control Circuits
BOC 214 – Introduction to Building Commissioning
BOC 215 – Electric Motor Management description
BOC 216 – Enhanced Automation and Demand Reduction