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Are you looking for an exciting new career that will remain relevant in the future?

Are you a hands-on learner who thrives on practical training?

Are you a Green Energy enthusiast, looking to get your foot in the door of a rapidly expanding field?

Then RCC’s Center for Smart Building Technology offers many programs that could be a great fit for you!

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What is a Smart Building?

Smart buildings deliver essential automated building services such as lighting, cooling and heating, and air quality, at the lowest cost and environmental impact over the building lifecycle.  In order for smart buildings to run at maximum efficiency, the buildings must be maintained by skilled, technology-savvy facilities managers and technicians, trained on digital automated maintenance systems. 

The City of Boston is filled with smart buildings; but there aren’t enough technicians trained on smart building technology to ensure that the buildings are running properly.  Our SBT Program will provide you with the skills and certifications needed to fill these in-demand jobs.

Professional Certification Prep Courses

The courses listed below are courses designed to prepare working professionals for nationally-recognized certifications.  Courses are either offered fully online or through in-person instruction.  To review the guidelines for accessing classrooms and interacting on-campus, please visit rcc.mass.edu/campusaccess.

To register for any of these courses, please fill out the registration form and email it to enrollment.management@rcc.mass.edu.  Questions about the registration process should be directed to Assistant Dean Kandley Val at kval@rcc.mass.edu or 857-701-1207.  Questions about course content should be directed to Executive Director Frank Mruk FAIA, RIBA at 857-701-1564 or fmruk@rcc.mass.edu.

Building Operator Training (LEVEL 1 Certification Prep) - OnlineBOC green and white logo small

Building Operator Certification® (BOC) is the leading training and certification program for COMMERCIAL building engineers and maintenance personnel. Level I classes support the BOC operator skill standard by devoting significant content to the topics of HVAC controls, common opportunities for operational improvements, and building scoping for energy efficiency. The Level I course series provides building operators with knowledge and skill enhancement in the key activities associated with energy efficient building operations. BOC training is for building operators with two or more years experience in building operation and maintenance, who wish to broaden their knowledge of the total building system. Past participants have included building engineers, stationary engineers, maintenance supervisors, maintenance workers, facility coordinators, HVAC technicians, electricians, operations supervisors, operations techs, and others in the facility operation and maintenance field. Upon successfully completing BOC Level I course you will earn a BOC Training Certificate of Completion (TCOC) credential. You may also choose to sit for the Certification Exam to earn the BOC Certification and become a Certified Building Operator (CBO). The next BOC Prep course begins on September 2, 2020.  All classes for this course will be offered through online instruction. The cost of this prep course is $1,895.00.

Class Schedule

Course # Course Title Day Begin Time End Time Start Date
CSA 322* Energy Efficient Operation of Building HVAC Systems W R 8:00AM 3:00PM 9/2, 9/3
  Measuring and Benchmarking Energy Performance  F 8:00AM 3:00PM 9/4
  Efficient Lighting Fundamentals  W 8:00AM 3:00PM 9/16
  HVAC Control Fundamentals  R 8:00AM 3:00PM 9/17
  Indoor Environmental Quality  F 8:00AM 3:00PM 9/18
  Common Opportunities for Low-Cost Operational Improvement  R 8:00AM 3:00PM 10/8
  Operation and Maintenance Practices for Sustainable Buildings  F 8:00AM 3:00PM 10/9

Note: Students will register for one course: CSA 322. The class schedule above will be included in that one course.

Building Operator Training (LEVEL 2: Equipment Troubleshooting and Maintenance) – Online

Building Operator Certification® (BOC) is the leading training and certification program for building engineers and maintenance personnel. Enhanced BOC Level II coursework prepares building operators to evaluate the operational performance of their buildings with a focus on improving energy efficiency. Operators learn how to collect and analyze building data in order to prepare a building walk-through plan to identify opportunities to improve performance. Optimizing HVAC control systems for energy efficiency is highlighted with an emphasis on equipment sequence of operation and functional testing. Students apply the data collection and analysis steps to their own building through a 5-part set of project assignments completed between class sessions. The course culminates with a Project Peer Exchange day, where students will make short presentations to classmates and the instructor on a scoping report for their building. Specific building information is REQUIRED in order to complete project assignments. All classes for this course will be offered through online instruction. Please see Level II Project Requirements FAQ for details. Prerequisite: BOC Level 1 Training. Upon successfully completing BOC Level II course you will earn a BOC Training Certificate of Completion (TCOC) credential. The cost of this prep course is $1,895.00.

Class Schedule

Course # Course Title Day Begin Time End Time Start Date
CSA 322* Building Scoping for Operational Improvements W 8:00AM 3:00PM 9/24-9/24
  Optimizing HVAC Controls for Energy Efficiency R 8:00AM 3:00PM 910/15
  Introduction to Building Commissioning W 8:00AM 3:00PM 10/16
  Water Efficiency for Building Operators R 8:00AM 3:00PM 10/29
  Enhanced Automation and Demand Reduction R 8:00AM 3:00PM 10/30
  Project Peer Exchange: Presentations W 8:00AM 3:00PM 11/4

Note: Students will register for one course: CSA 451. The classes scheduled above will be included in that one course.

Building Science Principles (Certificate) – Online

The Building Science Principles certification prep provides a broad introductory background in Building Science Principles including Heat and Insulation, Air and Air Sealing, Moisture and Moisture Control, Mechanical Systems, and Energy Conservation Strategies. The class also prepares students to take the Building Science Principles Certification Exam, developed by the Building Performance Institute. Students acquire skills that can enhance their career options in smart building technology, facilities management and building energy management. BPI certifications are recognized nationwide for providing a common standard for professionals in the building performance industry and is recognized by states, municipalities, utilities, and contractors. All classes for this course will be offered on campus with COVID-19 spacing precautions and a class size of 10. The cost of this prep course is $204.00. 

Class Schedule

Course # Course Title Day Begin Time End Time Start Date
BPI CSA 329 E1 BPI Building Science Principles (Certification Prep) T W 6:00PM 9:00PM 9/15-9/16
BPI CSA 329 E2 BPI Building Science Principles (Certification Prep) M T 6:00PM 9:00PM 11/9-11/10

WELL (Certification Prep) – Online

The WELL Certification prep course provides an introduction to the leading tool for advancing health and well-being in buildings globally, the Well Certification process. The course provides an introduction to Well (v1), including: The Innovation, Air, Water, Nutrition, Light, Fitness and Mind Concepts. The class prepares students for the Well Accredited Professional exam developed by the International WELL Building Institute. Students acquire skills that can enhance their career options in sustainability management, and Well Building Certification. All classes for this course will be offered through online instruction. The cost of this prep course is $272.00. 

Class Schedule

Course # Course Title Day Begin Time End Time Start Date
CSA 460 E1 WELL M T 6:00PM 8:00PM 9/28-9/29,10/5-10/6
CSA 460 E2 WELL M T 6:00PM 8:00PM 11/16-11/17, 11/23-11/24

LEED Green Associate v4 (Certification Prep) - Online

The LEED certification prep course provides the first step in understanding the Leadership in Energy and Efficiency Building Certification process. The course provides an introduction to LEED(v4), including: Innovation in design & regional priority, location & transportation issues, sustainable sites, water efficiency, materials & resources, and indoor environmental quality. The class prepares students for the LEED Green Associate exam developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. Students acquire skills that can enhance their career options in sustainability management, and LEED Building Certification. All classes for this course will be offered through online instruction. The cost of this prep course is $272.00. 

Class Schedule

Course # Course Title Day Begin Time End Time Start Date
CSA 468 E1 LEED v4 (Certification Prep) M T 6:00 PM 8:00PM 10/19-10/20, 10/26-10/27
CSA 468 E2 LEED v4 (Certification Prep) M T 6:00 PM 8:00PM 12/7-12/8, 12/14-12/15

G|PRO Fundamentals of Building Green - Online

In GPRO Fundamentals of Building Green, you will learn how to see buildings differently and understand the strategies that make them efficient, healthy and resilient. GPRO Fundamentals is designed for a range of real estate, construction, architecture and engineering professionals. This entry level course is ideal for anyone who needs a better understanding of high-performance building including: • Sales or administrative staff who work in real estate, construction, architecture or engineering • Facilities and operations support staff • Workforce development providers • College students interested in entering the building and construction industry. All classes for this course will be offered through online instruction. The cost of this prep course is $238.00. 

Class Schedule

Course # Course Title Day Begin Time End Time Start Date
CSA 830 01 G|PRO Fundamentals of Building Green F 8:00AM 3:00PM 9/11
CSA 830 02 G|PRO Fundamentals of Building Green M 8:00AM 3:00PM 10/19

G|PRO Operations & Maintenance Essentials (Certificate) - Online 

The GPRO Operations and Maintenance Essentials is ideal for property managers and building staff in multifamily residential and high-rise commercial buildings, including: building superintendents, operators, facility and property managers, operating engineers and stationary engineers. Topics covered include: • Fundamentals of Building Green • O&M in Green Buildings • Building Performance Metrics • Building Envelope • Water Use • Heating, Cooling & Hot Water • Indoor Air Quality • Lighting • Waste Reduction • Resilience • Commissioning Existing Buildings • Action Plan. For more information, contact the Smart Building Technology Center, 3-338. All classes for this course will be offered through online instruction.  The cost of this prep course is $476.00. 

Class Schedule

Course # Course Title Day Begin Time End Time Start Date
CSA 831 01 G|PRO Operations & Maintenance Essentials R F 8:00AM 3:00PM 9/17-9/18
CSA 831 02 G|PRO Operations & Maintenance Essentials R F 8:00AM 3:00PM 10/22-10/23

FAA Drone Pilot (Certification Prep)– On Campus

In order to fly your drone under the FAA's Small UAS Rule (Part 107), you must obtain a Remote Pilot Certificate from the FAA. This certificate demonstrates that you understand the regulations, operating requirements, and procedures for safely flying drones. All classes for this course will be offered on campus with COVID-19 spacing precautions and a class size of 9. The cost of this prep course is $272.00.

Class Schedule

Course # Course Title Day Begin Time End Time Start Date
CSA 835 01 FAA Drone Pilot T 8:00AM 4:00PM 10/13
CSA 835  02 FAA Drone Pilot F 8:00AM 4:00PM 12/18

Passive House – On Campus

The Passive House Certified Builders Training provides construction professionals for PHIUS Certified Builder Certification. Students learn about superinsulation, air-tight envelopes, energy recovery ventilation, high-performance window installation, and sourcing components. Passive building comprises a set of design principles used to attain a quantifiable and rigorous level of energy efficiency within a specific quantifiable comfort level. The PHIUS Certified Builder designation is a recognized nationwide certification.  All classes for this course will be offered on campus with COVID-19 spacing precautions and a class size of 9.  The cost of this prep course is $1,850.00. 

Class Schedule

Course # Course Title Day Begin Time End Time Start Date
CSA 475 Passive House Training (Certification Prep) M T W R F 8:00AM 3:00PM 12/7 -12/11

HERS Training – On Campus

A Certified Home Energy Rater or Rater is a person trained to inspect and evaluate a home’s energy features, prepare a home energy rating and make recommendations for improvements that will save the homeowner energy and money. The Home Energy Rating industry is overseen by RESNET and is structured to ensure a high level of quality assurance. With that in mind, energy raters must work through a Rating Provider, who is responsible for their certification and quality assurance.  classes for this course will be offered on campus with COVID-19 spacing precautions and a class size of 10. The cost of this prep course is $1,899.00.

Class Schedule

Course #

Course Title

Day

Begin Time

End Time

Start Date

CSA 476

HERS Rater Training  (Certification Prep)

M T W R F

8:00AM

4:00PM

11/30-12/4

Building Automation Systems Fundamentals – Online

This Roxbury Community College course provides an introduction to automatic control systems for building mechanical systems and equipment and HVAC control sequences and programming. Students will learn about ways to target possible inefficiencies in their Building systems and to evaluate potential problems as part of an enhanced operation and maintenance program. Students will also work with controllers and programming software to sequence different operations which maximizes energy efficiency in buildings.  All classes for this course will be offered through online instruction. The cost of this prep course is $1,020.00. 

Class Schedule

Course # Course Title Day Begin Time End Time Start Date
CSA 329 Building Automation  W 6:00PM 9:00PM 10/7-12/09

Intro to Building Automation Controllers – On Campus

This Roxbury Community College course provides an introduction to the controllers and their software used in Building Automation Systems. This is a compressed 3 day, hands on class, which utilizes open source software to control and sequence equipment typically used in facilities. Students acquire skills that can enhance their career options in facilities management and HVAC management. All classes for this course will be offered on campus with COVID-19 spacing precautions and a class size of 9. The cost of this prep course is $1,050.00. 

Class Schedule

Course # Course Title Day Begin Time End Time Start Date
CSA 478 Intro to Building Automation M T W 8:00AM 3:00PM 12/14 – 12/16

How do I get started?

To learn more about SBT Center programs, fill out inquiry form below. You can also contact Executive Director Frank Mruk FAIA, RIBA at 857-701-1564 or fMruk@rcc.mass.edu for more information.