Building Operator Certification Course Offered at UHMC


Building Operator Certification (BOC®) is a comprehensive, nationally recognized energy efficiency training and certification program in commercial building operations and maintenance, only offered on Maui once a year!

  • Dates: Eight Class Meetings: Fri. 10/17, 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)
  • Deadline for Application: Wednesday, October 1
  • For more on the program or to apply:

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.

Topics include measuring and benchmarking energy performance, efficiency in HVAC and lighting systems, indoor environmental quality, and common opportunities and building scoping for operational improvement.

Alex de Roode and John Bendon from Green Building Hawaii will be the instructors for the first day of class, ‘Energy Efficient Operation of Building HVAC Systems’.

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.