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.
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".
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, the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto will continue to offer the Building Science Certificate program, 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.
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.