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.

Exam BlueprintPercentItems
Critical Work Functions100%100
Section A. 31 Items31%31
Maintain Energy Using Building Systems, Equipment, and Envelope to Minimize Energy Use 
Section B. 41 Items41%41
Operate Energy Using Systems for High Performance 
Section C. 15 Items15%15
Perform Technical and Administrative Duties
Section D. 13 Items13%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 FunctionsCorresponding Training
Section A: Maintain Energy Using Building Systems, Equipment, and Envelope to Minimize Energy UseBOC Classes 1001–1007, 1009 and 2010
Section B: Operate Energy Using Systems for High PerformanceBOC Classes 1001–09 and 2010
Section C: Perform Technical and Administrative DutiesBOC Classes 1001, 1003–07, 1009, 2010 and 2015 Recorded Webinars #1-#4
Section D: Maintain Indoor Environmental Quality to StandardsBOC Classes 1001, 1003, and 1005

Ready to take the exam and become a Certified Building Operator?

Our certification exam administrator is opening testing sites based on local and state guidelines. In addition, we now offer a Remote Proctoring option that allows candidates to conveniently test from home or office. If you would like to register to take the exam or have questions, please contact our Credential Specialist, Amy Price at 407-256-2757 or boc.creds@gmail.com 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.