We had the opportunity to sit down with Erik Westerholm of the Northwest Water & Energy Education Institute (NWEEI) to discuss the resource available to facilities professionals through this organization. Erik works in conjunction with the Lane Community College Energy Management Program which offers a certificate program in Energy Management that can be completed as a regular course or as a 2 week summer style program. The purpose of our meeting was to discuss and acquire a fuller understanding of the Building Operator Certification which is now accredited by third party ANSI.
What is BOC? The training is of value to building operators in understanding how to optimize efficiency, to facilities managers in understanding peak performance for comfort as well as for building owners and executives in overall savings and employee productivity. Listening to BOC certification testimonials may be helpful for parties considering this resouce (HERE), this page includes feedback from Jess Miller, Director of Facilities and Security at Umpqua Community College, discusses the impact of BOC’s holistic approach to building management and why it is “absolutely critical to help you improve.”
The nuts and bolts of the Building Operator Certification program - there are 7 classes over 8 days total which starts with a 2 day course and then 8 hour classes about 1 month apart, about an 8 month total commitment on average. Many of these courses are offered in Portland or Tigard depending on how many people sign up for the course. Erik has expressed that LFMC could potentially be recognized as an organization and qualify for a 10% discount and if we had enough of a commitment, about 12-15 applicants we could host the courses here locally. The Oregon Energy Trust offers a $600 scholarship which participants can apply for to reduce costs.
To understand more about the program please look over there website, if we have enough interest we may set up an additional meeting and/or presentation with Mr. Westerholm - the website is www.theboc.info, or you can reach out to Erik as well through cell 541.337.3199 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please keep in touch with LFMC if this is an interest as we can collaborate together to develop a course track in our local area with the potential for a group discount.
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