In order to earn the BOC Certification and become a Certified Building Operator (CBO), you must pass a comprehensive exam. Individuals are eligible to site for the exam when:
- They have completed the BOC Level I training (or equivalent) program AND
- Submitted their exam application and received notice of approval
What is the Certification Exam?
The Certification Exam is a 3 hour test that addresses the following work functions for which building operators should demonstrate knowledge and skills. You must score 67% to pass.
|Critical Work Functions||100%||100|
|Section A. 31 Items||31%||31|
|Maintain Energy Using Building Systems, Equipment, and Envelope to Minimize Energy Use|
|Section B. 41 Items||41%||41|
|Operate Energy Using Systems for High Performance|
|Section C. 15 Items||15%||15|
|Perform Technical and Administrative Duties|
|Section D. 13 Items||13%||13|
|Maintain Indoor Environmental Quality to Standards|
|Total Items =||100|
How to prepare for the exam
All critical work functions that make up the Certification Exam are part of the BOC Level I training course. In addition, we offer the following exam preparation resources:
- A series of Exam Resource Guides.
- Practice quizzes and the newest versions of BOC handbooks, available from the BOC Shop, and/or refresh yourself with BOC handbooks from your course.
- Recorded technical webinars on a wide range of topics are also available for purchase in the BOC Webinar Library.
The chart below shows which BOC course materials correspond with which Critical Work Functions covered in the Certification Exam.
|Critical Work Functions||Corresponding Training|
|Section A: Maintain Energy Using Building Systems, Equipment, and Envelope to Minimize Energy Use||BOC Classes 1001–1007, 1009 and 201|
|Section B: Operate Energy Using Systems for High Performance||BOC Classes 1001–09 and 201|
|Section C: Perform Technical and Administrative Duties||BOC Classes 1001, 1003–07, 1009, 201 and 2015 Recorded Webinars #1-#4|
|Section D: Maintain Indoor Environmental Quality to Standards||BOC Classes 1001, 1003, and 1005|
Ready to take the exam and become a Certified Building Operator?
Due to COVID-19 concerns and CDC guidance, our exam administrators have closed testing sites effective immediately, March 17, 2020. Operations at in-person testing sites will resume based on state recommendations. We are now offering a Remote Proctoring option that will allow students to test from home or office. If you have questions or would like to register to take the exam after May 1st, please contact our Credential Specialist, Amy Price at 407-256-2757 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
BOC aligns with ISO 17024
We have undertaken an initiative to align the BOC program with an international standard for organizations that certify personnel. Learn details about the ISO 17024 alignment. Part of this change is the addition of this comprehensive exam. Learn more about the Certification.