BSSO Exam Information

OBEC is continuously looking to improve access for all members who wish to obtain their BSSO designation. OBEC has introduced a series of professional examinations which will allow members to demonstrate that they meet the educational requirements of the BSSO designation.  While there are a number of reasons for this change, the primary reason for developing these standardized exams is to provide opportunities for OBEC members across Ontario to achieve the BSSO designation.  To further broaden access to the educational foundation for the BSSO, OBEC is also working with colleges and universities across Ontario to provide more options for building science education in other parts of the province.

How many exams are there?

There are three exam sessions each offered once per year.  The 2018 exams are scheduled as follows: 

Building Science Theory   February 9th, 2018, 1-4pm
Building Envelope Systems May 11th, 2018, 1-4pm
Materials & Mechanical Systems October 19th, 2018, 1-5pm (2 two-hour exams)

The 2019 exams are tentatively scheduled as follows:  

Building Science Theory   February 8th, 2019, 1-4pm
Building Envelope Systems May 10th, 2019, 1-4pm
Materials & Mechanical Systems October 18th, 2019, 1-5pm (2 two-hour exams)

A minimum final exam mark of 65% must be achieved in each of the above-noted exams to be considered a "pass".

What will the exams cover and how can I prepare for them?

Detailed learning objectives and reference material posted on the OBEC website list everything you need to know to self-study for the exam. 

For an in-class experience, instructor-led the School of Continuing Studies will continue to offer Building Science courses, which teaches the fundamentals of building science and building envelope design and can help you prepare for the exams. OBEC has collaborated with the School since 2009 to create courses that are relevant to industry standards and can assist learners in achieving their professional designation.

Where can I write the exams?

Exams will be written simultaneously at centres in Toronto, Ottawa and Waterloo (see the BSSO Exam Application for specific exam centre locations and addresses). Additional locations will be added based on demand throughout the province.  


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