Certificate of Excellence (COE)

Certificate of Excellence (COE)

coe-logo-small-for-webThe BOMA Certificate of Excellence Program (COE) introduced in 1999 by BOMA Toronto and adopted by several BOMA locals in the years following was “nationalized” in 2016 as part of a local level feeder program for BOMA Canada/BOMA International’s Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) awards.  The program sets the standards in the industry and recognizes excellence in property and facility management. Certificates acknowledge performance quality and the people behind it.

The program is delivered by as a “stand-alone” offering for BOMA members at the local association level or as a feeder program for The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) Awards.

Certification is based on meeting a minimum point score (70%).  Using the BOMA International TOBY requirements entrants must meet standards in building management, operation and design, tenant relations and community impact, energy management and conservation, environmental, regulatory and sustainability initiatives, and the training of building personnel.  Every building submitted for certification is subject to a building inspection. Certification must be renewed every 3 years to ensure that the standard of excellence is maintained and is valid for a 3 year term as long as the property owner or management firm does not change.


BOMA Local COE entries may be submitted via the online BOMA International TOBY portal www.toby.boma.org.  The sections within the online awards system correspond to the entry requirements outlined in National TOBY Requirements.  Strict adherence to the entry specifications is required.  Note:  the BOMA International online awards system is only available in English.

Local Recognition

A celebration recognizing the people and companies that have met the standard will take place at the annual BOMA Local Celebration of Excellence event.  Certification plaques, congratulatory banners, and BOMA (local) TOBY Awards will be presented. The individual(s) submitting the building/facility will be recognized along with building/ facility personnel who ensure this high standard of excellence is achieved.

The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY)

Local BOMA TOBY awards may be presented to the highest scoring Certificate of Excellence recipients in each of the TOBY categories.  Locals do have the option to provide additional non-TOBY category awards.  Winners of a Local BOMA TOBY Award may be eligible to advance to the National competition if they meet the eligibility requirements.