BSSO Education Requirements

There are three options for obtaining your BSSO Designation until July 31, 2018.  As of August 1, 2018 the only option will be the Exam Based Path.

Course Based Path

Must be a Professional Member of OBEC

To become eligible, a member must have:

successfully completed the “Building Science Certificate Program” offered by The University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies which includes the following six (6) courses or their equivalents.

  • SCS 2339 Building Science I (No longer offered at U of T SCS; see course equivalencies below**)    
  • SCS 2340 Building Science II (No longer offered at U of T SCS; see course equivalencies below**)
  • SCS 2495 Building Envelope Materials Tue, 10 Oct - 12 Dec, 2017
  • SCS 2496 Wall Systems Wed, 17 Jan – 21 Mar, 2018
  • SCS 2347 HVAC Systems & The Building Envelope Tue, 1 May – 3 Jun, 2018
  • SCS 2352 Roof Systems Tue, Thu, 6 Mar – 12 Apr, 2018

To successfully complete the Building Science Certificate Program, a minimum final mark of 65% must be achieved in each of the above-noted courses.

AND

Have an engineering or architectural undergraduate degree and at least 2000 hours of practical experience directly related to the practice of building science

OR

Have an engineering or architectural diploma from a recognized college or polytechnical institute and at least 5000 hours of practical experience directly related to the practice of building science

OR

Have ten (10) year’s related work experience, in the opinion of the Advisory Committee, in building design, construction or maintenance.

Hybrid Path
(combination of courses & exam)

Must be a Professional Member of OBEC

To become eligible, a member must have:

successfully completed one of each parts A, B and C outlined below. A minimum final mark of 65% must be achieved in each of the following courses or exams.

 

U of T Courses

 

OBEC Exams

A

SCS 2339 Building Science I  (No longer offered at U of T SCS; see equivalencies below**)
SCS 2340 Building Science II 
 (No longer offered at U of T SCS; see equivalencies below**)

OR

Building Science Theory Exam

B

SCS 2496 Wall Systems - Tue, 10 Oct - 12 Dec, 2017
SCS 2352 Roof Systems - Wed, 17 Jan – 21 Mar, 2018

OR

Building Envelope Systems Exam

C

SCS 2495 Building Envelope Materials - Tue, 1 May – 3 Jun, 2018
SCS 2347 HVAC Systems & The Building Envelope - Tue, Thu, 6 Mar – 12 Apr, 2018

OR

Materials & Mechanical Systems Exam

AND

Have an engineering or architectural undergraduate degree and at least 2000 hours of practical experience directly related to the practice of building science

OR

Have an engineering or architectural diploma from a recognized college or polytechnical institute and at least 5000 hours of practical experience directly related to the practice of building science

OR

Have ten (10) year’s related work experience, in the opinion of the Advisory Committee, in building design, construction or maintenance.

Exam Based Path

Must be a Professional Member of OBEC

To become eligible, a member must have:

successfully completed all of the following exams offered by the Ontario Building Envelope Council.

  • Building Science Theory Exam
  • Building Envelope Systems Exam
  • Materials & Mechanical Systems Exam

A minimum final mark of 65% must be achieved in each of the above-noted exams.  Any or all of the courses in the “Building Science Certificate Program” at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies can be used to prepare for these exams.

AND

Have an engineering or architectural undergraduate degree and at least 2000 hours of practical experience directly related to the practice of building science

OR

Have an engineering or architectural diploma from a recognized college or polytechnical institute and at least 5000 hours of practical experience directly related to the practice of building science

OR

Have ten (10) year’s related work experience, in the opinion of the Advisory Committee, in building design, construction or maintenance.

 

**The following are approved equivalents of Building Science I and II:

  • Ryerson University BL8100 – Building Science Theory
  • University of Toronto CIV375 or CIV575 – Building Science
  • University of Waterloo CIVE507 – Building Science and Technology
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