Building Operator Education

Turn Employees Into Experts

To optimize energy efficiency, a building operator must understand the complexities of interdependent building systems—HVAC motors, frequency drives, lighting—and how they work together.

Building operator education courses provide the tools and knowledge necessary to keep your building running at its cost-efficient, energy-efficient best.

Incentives covering up to 80% of enrollment costs or a maximum of $1,000 per course make signing up an easy decision.

Available Courses

Commercial Building Re-tuning—Instructor Led




Energy Savings M&V Fundamentals & IPMVP (PMVA)


The Design, Operation, and Maintenance of Building Systems, Part I


The Design, Operation, and Maintenance of Building Systems, Part II


Air Handling, Water Treatment, and Plumbing Systems


Energy Management and Controls


Refrigeration Systems and Accessories


Electrical Systems and Illumination


Performance Sustainable Building Principles


High-Performance Sustainable Building Practices


High-Performance Sustainable Building Investments


Fundamentals of Facilities Management


Boilers, Heating Systems, and Applied Mathematics

Association of Energy Engineers

Association of Energy Engineers

  • Certified Energy Manager
  • Certified Energy Manager in Training
  • Certified Building Commissioning Professional
  • Certified Lighting Efficiency Professional
  • Existing Building Commissioning Professional
  • Certified Business Energy Professional
  • Certified Energy Auditor
  • Energy Efficiency Practitioner
BOMI International

BOMI International

  • The Design, Operation, and Maintenance of Building Systems, Part I
  • The Design, Operation, and Maintenance of Building Systems, Part II
  • Air Handling, Water Treatment, and Plumbing Systems
  • Energy Management and Controls
  • Refrigeration Systems and Accessories
  • Electrical Systems and Illumination
  • High-Performance Sustainable Building Principles
  • High-Performance Sustainable Building Practices
  • High-Performance Sustainable Building Investments
  • High-Performance Sustainable Building: HVAC Optimization
  • Fundamentals of Facilities Management
  • Boilers, Heating Systems, and Applied Mathematics
Clean Energy Center

Clean Energy Center

  • Building Operator Certification® Level I
  • Building Operator Certification® Level II
  • Fundamentals of Energy Efficient Building Operations
  • Commercial Building Re-Tuning

Ready to Learn?

Follow the steps below to apply for your incentive.

    • Determine which training you want to take.
      • Choose one or more courses from the list of approved options.
      • Or, you can propose a course or certification not currently offered. Submit the course information and all necessary documentation to SMECO at Pre-approval is required. Please allow approximately 10 business days to receive notice of course eligibility.*
    • Complete the BOE incentive application and submit it to SMECO at, along with all necessary documentation. SMECO will review your eligibility to participate.
    • After you’re approved, you may attend the courses.
    • Within 30 days of completing the courses, submit the invoice and provide a copy of the certificate of completion or other documentation from the instructor, organization, school, or company administering the course.
    • Once SMECO receives all necessary documentation, an incentive payment will be processed. Payment typically occurs 6–8 weeks after final approval.
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*Only courses with a concentration on electrical energy conservation within buildings are eligible for incentives; those focusing on energy sources such as gas or water conservation are not. Courses may be offered outside the local area.

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