Building Operator Certification

Building Operator Certification is a nationally recognized certification which helps prepare operating engineers to manage mechanical and electrical systems for higher energy efficiency and better overall performance. Over 2,300 New York City technicians and engineers have successfully become BOC certified through BPL since 2009. And as an approved provider of BOC training by NEEC, the BOC certifying body, our BOC program now carries up to 6 CEUs.

The BOC program is oriented toward working facilities professionals, and coursework involves facility-based projects.  The skills and knowledge provided by the curriculum are key to making significant improvements in a building’s energy and systems performance.

Not Just Another Certification: BOC is proven to develop the skills that lead to change

Heroes in basementHeroes in the Basement, a YouTube series produced by the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services, Energy Management Division, features examples of the kind of Energy Conservation Measures that BOC credential owners implement as a result of the training. (DCAS’s Energy Management Institute is by far our biggest BOC client.)

Read other testimonials from BOC trainees, instructors, and training partners here.

The BOC Program: Continuous Skills Development

Building Operator Certification Level 1 (BOC-1)
The BOC program has two levels of training available – Level 1 is an introductory training aimed at giving participants a better understanding of mechanical and electrical systems and how they work as an integrated system within a building, and also provides a basic platform for how to use and manage energy data for more sound decision-making around implementation of energy efficiency measures.  To be eligible for the BOC-1 certification you must have a minimum of 2 years of work and/or educational experience in a facilities-management related field.

Building Operator Certification Level 2 (BOC-2)
The Level 2 program is a more in-depth training that focuses on specific processes for ensuring high energy performance of a building over the long term, including preventive maintenance and retro/ongoing commissioning.  This training is for advanced professionals in the field of facilities management, and completion of BOC-1 or equivalent experience is required.  To be eligible for the BOC-2 certification requires a minimum of 5 years of work and/or educational experience.

In order to be eligible for the national certification, participants are required to meet a sufficient level of work and/or educational experience in the field of facilities management, HVAC, building operations, etc. and achieve satisfactory completion of the BOC-1 and/or BOC-2 training program (passing grade of 65%).  For more information about eligibility requirements, please visit the BOC National website

Maintenance of Certification Fair for Building Operators (MOC)
To maintain your BOC credential requires keeping up-to-date with changes and new developments in the field of facilities management and O&M.  Our popular day-long Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Fair provides continuing education activities that are required for maintaining your certification and includes the completion of necessary re-certification paperwork.  Open to any BOC credential holders in the greater NYC region.

Case Study: One MetroTech

We’ve partnered with a variety of training partners, including the Dept. of Citywide Administrative Services, property management firms, hospitals, and labor unions such as the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 94. Building engineer and BOC graduate Thomas Klein, a member of Local 94, developed and implemented an energy-saving project at One MetroTech Center, a large commercial and educational center in Brooklyn.

The thinking he put into it — with input from his BOC instructor, Zach Stern — is an excellent example of what BOC students can do with the technological capability and problem-solving skills that the curriculum delivers. BPL student interns Carol Brito and Lalaberg Khan created a case study about the project — which can be downloaded here.