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Optivation offers certification course

BEMIDJI - Beginning June 13, a 74-hour classroom and hands-on Building Operator Certification course will be offered by Optivation.

The certification course comprises seven courses between June 13 and Sept. 5. Six of the seven courses are one-day courses, while the seventh is a two-day course. Training runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at Northwest Technical College's Sustainable Environment Technology Center, 808 Paul Bunyan Drive South.

Participants must register by June 6. The cost is $1,200, but participants who manage a facility served by privately owned energy utilities, such as Minnesota Power, Otter Tail Power Company or Minnesota Energy Resources, may be eligible for a $600 tuition rebate; interested participants should check with their local utility for details.

Online registration is at

Topics to be covered in the course include building systems overview (June 13), energy conservation techniques (June 27), facility electrical systems (July 11), HVAC systems and controls (July 24-25), efficient lighting fundamentals (Aug. 8), indoor air quality (Aug. 22), and operations and maintenance practices for sustainable buildings (Sept. 5). Descriptions of each course are available at

Building Operator Certification is a nationally recognized training and certification program focusing on energy efficient building operations and preventative maintenance procedures.

The Level I training course is designed for individuals with two or more years of experience in building operations and maintenance, but also is an effective overall training course and resource for those new to the industry. Participants get a total of 74 instruction hours and 7.4 continuing education units. To gain certification, participants must pass an exam at the end of each day of training and complete assigned projects.