Building Environmental Systems Operator Class II (Accelerated Stream)

Seneca College Certificate


The Building Environmental Systems Operator Class II (Accelerated Stream) program for Internationally Trained Engineering Professionals provides specialized training and professional networks to help you break into the Ontario job market and launch your professional career in Building Operations & Maintenance industry in the shortest time possible.

The BES ™ Operator Class II Certificate is recognized by the Toronto Building Managers and Operators Association (TBMOA) and will equip you with the skills & knowledge to operate and maintain complex buildings of any size efficiently, economically, and sustainably.

The BES ™ Operator Class II Certificate will provide students with an understanding of the interrelated complexities of building environmental systems such as heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting and electrical power supply. Students will also learn about the required codes and by-laws that regulate commercial, office, institutional and residential buildings in Canada - all of which require a trained professional to operate.

Benefit from access to:

  • Expert Employment Consultants
  • Opportunities for Professional Accreditation
  • Top Industry Instructors
  • Training Subsidies and Financial Aid Options
  • Intensive Career Search Training
  • Opportunities to Secure Paid Employment
  • Access to Seneca's Employer Network


Please contact us at or (416) 491-5050 ext. 77337 to be registered for an upcoming Information Session.

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Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.

Individuals interested in learning more about the Seneca's Bridge Training Program are encouraged to attend an upcoming information session to learn more about the programs, the benefits of participation, and how to apply. You can register online, by phone 416-491-5050 ext. 77337 or email us at

Career Opportunities

At Seneca, we take your success seriously and have designed every component of the BES ™ Program to lead you to professional employment. The BES ™ Program will provide you with the skills and qualifications to manage complex buildings of any size, including hospitals, schools, shopping malls, or industrial complexes.

Dedicated, experienced, expert staff including Employment Consultants and Job Developers will work with you individually to guide you on your search to secure paid employment in the rapidly growing field of Building Environmental Systems / Facilities Operations & Maintenance. Leverage Seneca's extensive industry network to connect with employers and maximize these career opportunities through personalized coaching.

Entry Requirements

In order to apply to the BES ™ Certificate Program you must demonstrate the following:

  • Relevant Degree or Diploma from an accredited Institution outside of Canada
  • Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Assessment Level 7
  • Presently unemployed or underemployed
  • Permanent Resident, Protected Person as defined in Section 95 of the IRPA, or Internationally Educated Canadian Citizen and a Resident of Ontario

How to Determine if You are the Right Fit for the BES ™ Program:

  • You are mechanically and technically inclined
  • You have a background in engineering (particularly mechanical, electrical, or civil), construction, facilities management, the trades, or a related field
  • You enjoy problem solving and troubleshooting complex issues
  • You like fixing things and understanding how things work
  • You have an interest in sustainability and energy efficiency
  • You enjoy interacting with others, particularly clients and customers

International students, temporary foreign workers, and individuals lacking post-secondary credentials are not eligible for this program.

Application Process

Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis & spaces are limited. Apply Today!

To apply for Seneca's Bridge Training Programs, you will be required to complete and email the following documents to

Application Form:
Please answer every question on the Application Form in full and to the best of your ability. For legibility, please type rather than handwrite your responses.

Letter of Interest:
Your letter of interest should be 1 page single spaced (maximum) and address the following questions:

  • Why are your interested in the BES ™ Program?
  • What do you hope to gain from your participation in the BES ™ Program?
  • Why do you think you are a good candidate for the BES ™ Program?

Your resume must be detailed and updated (2 full pages is ideal, 3 pages maximum in 11 or 12 point font). It must be in a chronological format, beginning with your current or most recent employment. Please be sure to include the following:

  • All employment that you have held, whether in your field or not, with clear bullet point explanations of your responsibilities and accomplishments
  • All academic qualifications (exact names of degrees, certificates, diplomas, etc), including any education completed in Canada, with dates
  • Professional memberships, licenses, designations, certifications, etc
  • Any professional training or skills upgrading that you have completed in or outside of Canada including names of institutions and dates attended.

CLB Assessment:
You will need to provide proof of completion of a Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment at a minimum Level 7. CLB Assessments should be obtained within the last 12 months from the date of application to be valid. CLB Assessments accepted by the BES Program include the following:

  • CLBA
  • WLA

CLB Assessments are free for Permanent Residents, Convention Refugees and Canadian Citizens. For more information and to book an appointment, please contact the YMCA at 416-928-9622 or visit the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks for a list of Assessment Centres in Ontario.

Immigration Status:
You will be required to submit a copy of one of the following: Citizenship Card, Canadian Passport, Permanent Resident Card, or Proof of Refugee Status.

Copies of Academic Qualifications:
Please provide a photocopy of all of your academic credentials in your submission, including any diploma(s), degree(s) and/or certificate(s).

Credential Assessment:
If you are accepted into the program, you will be asked to provide the results of a credential assessment from an approved agency. If you have these available at time of submission, please include a copy of these results in your application. For more information on approved credential assessment services, please visit Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials.

Please be advised that there is considerable demand for this program and due to the limited number of seats, selection of students follows a competitive process and shortlisted candidates will be invited meet with program staff to assess if they are a right fit for the program.


The BES ™ Certificate Program meets the highest standards of the Facilities and Building Management sector. Partners in the development of this Certificate Program include Natural Resources Canada, Office of Energy Efficiency, The Interprovincial Facility Training Accreditation Council (IFTAC) and the International Energy Efficiency Training Network (IEET).

Course Name

  Building Systems
  Air Conditioning
  Air Handling
  Water Treatment
  Building Environmental Systems Practical Skills.
  Advanced Career Management
  Communication Skills for Building Operator Professionals


Course Descriptions

Building Systems: Practical Overview
This course provides an introduction to, and an overview of building systems, enabling students to relate to the operation of a building in a safe, energy efficient and environmentally conscious manner.
The Heating course of the Building Environmental Systems program is designed to prepare students to operate heating systems in buildings in a safe, energy efficient, and environmentally conscious manner.
Air Conditioning
The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration course is designed to prepare students to operate air-conditioning and refrigeration systems in buildings in a safe, energy efficient, economical and environmentally conscious manner.
Air Handling
The Air Handling course (incorporating waste management) is designed to prepare students to operate air handling systems in a safe, energy efficient, and environmentally conscious manner as well as to manage waste in a safe, efficient, cost effective and environmentally friendly manner.
This course covers the design, operation and maintenance of electrical systems in buildings. Topics include the application of Ohm's Law, the components of electrical distribution systems in buildings, their operation and their maintenance. Students also learn how to calculate utility charges and to reduce electrical loads. Safety and energy efficiency are emphasized in this subject.
This course covers the key concepts of commercial building pneumatic HVAC controls.
Water Treatment
This course covers the key concepts of the field of water treatment as applied to the protection and operation of building systems to provide the best use of energy for conservation and safety practices.
Building Environmental Systems Practical Skills
This course provides hands-on exposure to equipment and systems used in the field of Building Operations. Students will be prepared to use diagnostic and troubleshooting skills in the work environment. Tours of Seneca College building systems and facilities will be included so that participants better understand the breadth of the field of Building Environmental Systems.
Advanced Career Management
This course is designed to introduce self-marketing techniques to international professionals seeking employment. Students will prepare a career development campaign including sample resumes and over letter and will also engage in practice interviews and follow-up techniques. The focus is industry-specific to their fields with emphasis on integrating Canadian industry knowledge with international experience and skills.
Communication Skills for Building Operator Professionals
This course is designed for internationally trained professionals who wish to improve their oral and written communication skills in the Canadian workplace as Building Operators.  Students learn how to manipulate language and functional skills to communicate effectively.  Students practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing in a variety of common formal and informal workplace situations.  Emphasis is placed on language development, Canadian workplace etiquette, and cultural influences in professional communication.

Program Outcomes

BES ™ Operator Class II

Upon successful completion of this program, students are able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of all the systems and system components which make up the operation of a building
  • Discuss the design, components, purpose and operation of each of the following building systems: heating, air conditioning, air handling, electrical, HVAC controls, water treatment and one of: pipe systems, air systems, hospital building systems
  • Operate each system studied in a safe, comfortable, energy efficient and environmentally conscious manner
  • Manage waste
  • Work safely and protect the safety of building occupants
  • Perform calculations to achieve a desired outcome for a specific building system
  • Use a physchrometric chart
  • Identify factors which contribute to building safety, comfort and energy efficiency
  • Interpret and analyze charts and graphs commonly used in building operations
  • Troubleshoot and maintain building systems studied
  • Analyze large building operations from an energy efficiency perspective and create proposals to achieve more efficient utility consumption

Tuition and Financial Aid

The cost for the BES ™ Certificate program is approximately $1,839.00 for the core courses plus the cost of materials and a $500 program fee.

You may be eligible to have the cost of the core courses and materials covered through a range of bursaries and supports available including the Ontario Bridging Participant Assistance Program (OBPAP). Please visit the OBPAP website for more information.

Additionally, the following microloan programs are available to internationally trained professionals pursuing training, education, or certification for re-entry into their professional field:

Immigrant Access Fund

WIL Employment Connections, Internationally Trained Worker Loan Program

Please contact us at (416) 491-5050 ext. 77337 or for more information.


Upon successful completion of the BES ™ Operator Class II Program and with the addition of 2 courses, students may upgrade their designation to BES ™ Operator Class I, the most highly recognized Building Operator Certification available, as well as professional designation as a System Maintenance Technician (SMT ®) with the Building Owners and Managers Institute (BOMI)and registration on the Energy Training Ontario Registry and the Inter-Provincial Facility Training Accreditation Council (IFTAC).

A note to prospective students: If you choose to obtain your SMT ® designation through Seneca College, you'll be exempt from paying BOMI's $1000 SMT ® license application fee.

Program Contacts

Contact us via this form or using the phone number(s) below:

416.491.5050 x77337

Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.