The Building Operators Certification Program is a professional certification for staffs, which operate and maintain commercial and public buildings, and involves energy and resource efficient operation of building systems. The Office of Energy obtained a license for implementation of the program in Ohio and works in partnership with the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and Ohio Public Facilities Maintenance Association. The certification program leads to energy & cost savings - the average per participant energy savings is estimated at 28,600 kWh per year.
Building managers, facility operators or utility personnel can learn the latest technologies, trends and tools in the building operations market and gain confidence on implementing energy efficiency improvements in their building management practices by becoming certified through the Building Operator Certification (BOC) Program.
The BOC program is a competency-based training and certification program that educates facility operators and managers on energy efficiency for all aspects of building management and maintenance. BOC training is offered at two levels:
The BOC program is a nationally recognized standard that is led by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC), a non-profit business association of the energy efficiency industry with member companies throughout the Pacific Northwest. The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) administers BOC in the Midwest, including Ohio. The Ohio Development Services Agency has teamed up with MEEA to offer the BOC program in Ohio and it is administered by the Ohio Public Facilities Maintenance Association (OPFMA).
Information on the Midwest BOC program is available at: http://www.boccentral.org/index.php. Details available on the Ohio BOC program, including a list of upcoming courses, are available at: http://www.opfma.org/BOC_page.htm.