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Building Operator Certification (BOC) Level I

This eight-week course series teaches building operators to find practical, low-cost and no-cost efficiency solutions by working with existing systems. Independent research shows that BOC operators consistently save energy and money in their facilities, up to $20,000 per year, thanks to energy conservation projects, air quality improvements and other initiatives. Plus, the savings are instant and continuous.

BOC Level I provides an overview of the building envelope and reviews the design, operation and maintenance of energy-using systems and equipment.

BOC Success Story: Bethlehem Area School District

Earn the Credential

Candidates who have earned the BOC Training Certificate of Completion are eligible to sit for the BOC certification exam. Upon passing the exam, candidates can begin using Certified Building Operator (CBO) credential.

The Certified Building Operator (CBO) Exam is scheduled through the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC), the national BOC administrator, upon successful completion of the course series.

Exam fee: $285


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Eligibility is based on work experience and education.

Participants need a high school diploma or GED and must have one of the following:

  • two or more years of experience working in operations and maintenance of a commercial or institutional facility,


  • a minimum of one year of experience working in operations and maintenance of a commercial or institutional facility AND one year of technical college level education in commercial or industrial facilities operations and maintenance,


  • two or more years of experience in energy management of commercial, institutional, or industrial facilities with a focus on operations and maintenance.

The continuing education of building operators improves their ability to adapt to changing building equipment, practices, and technologies. To remain certified, a building operator must accumulate maintenance points (5 points/year) following the date of certification. Renewal notices are issued annually in January for re-certification. The fee is $65. Please visit BOC’s website for more information on maintaining your certification.

Please visit BOC's website to learn more about Building Operator Certification, or email for more information. 

Yes, private course can be arranged for groups of 10 or more. Please email for more information.