Commonly asked questions

Below is a list of commonly asked questions at Questar III BOCES.

Still have a question? Please contact us at 518-477-8771 or

Apply for certification
Questar III BOCES is authorized by the New York State Education Department to evaluate and recommend certification for areas related to professional services. For more information or assistance, please contact Denise Geyer at (518) 479-6883 or

Much of the information requested by those who contact Questar III is available online at The State Education Department and the BOCES Regional Certification Office will NOT provide informal evaluations.

For more information, please visit the certification page.

Apply for a job
For more information on instructional, non-instructional and substitute openings at Questar III, please visit our employment page.

Questar III also coordinates superintendent searches when requested by boards of education. Please visit OLAS or NYSCOSS for current vacancies.

Questar III is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Attend a workshop or training
Questar III offers trainings and workshops on a wide variety of topics including instructional strategies, learning standards, safety issues and state aid/financial planning.

Please register online for all Questar III School Improvement workshops and trainings through MyLearningPlan.

Districts looking to attend State Aid & Financial Planning workshops should visit

Districts should refer to registration materials for specific information on other program offerings.

Contact BOCES staff
Please visit our contact page for more information. To reach a staff member at the main office, please dial 479 followed by the extension. Click here for a directory.

Contact the Help Desk
Questar III staff should contact the Help Desk at or 518-479-6835 with all technology-related trouble calls, questions, inquiries and requests.

Do business with Questar III
Interesting in bidding, surplus or RFP/contract information? Please contact Purchasing Agent Julie Best at for more information.

Enroll in a class

  • Adults – please contact Chris Foster at (518) 479-6913 or
  • Career and technical education (CTE) – please speak with your parent/guardian and school counselor. More information on how to enroll is available at our enrollment page.
  • New Visions – please speak with your parent/guardian and school counselor. More information on how to apply is available on the New Visions page.
  • Pre-Kindergarten – please contact your home district about the availability of pre-kindergarten programs.
  • Special education – please contact your school district’s Committee on Special Education (CSE). Children are placed in Questar III BOCES special education programs at the direction of the CSE.
  • Tech Valley High School® – please visit for more information.

Find a building
Questar III classrooms and offices are located throughout its three-county service region.

Obtain fingerprinting
School district staff should contact their school district/business office for more information on how to complete fingerprinting in accordance with the New York State SAVE legislation. Questar III BOCES is no longer able to fingerprint for districts due to statewide changes in the fingerprint process.  Please download this memo from NYSED regarding the change in fingerprinting procedures for schools.

Purchase a service
School districts looking to amend services must make a written request to Lynn MacDonald at prior to services and programs being provided.

Return textbooks
Questar III serves more than 1,500 private and parochial students through Questar III’s textbook coordination service for non-public schools. Please visit our textbook page to learn more about when, where and how to return books in June.

Review the BOCES budget
For more information on Questar III’s budget, please download the budget document found at our publications page.

Stay in touch with news
Questar III shares information through a wide range of electronic sources. Please consider using one or more of the following (in addition to the website):

Each month Questar III sends a monthly newsletter to superintendents, board members, staff and business partners. The organization also emails a number of community members that opt into this email. Sign up by visiting Your email address will not be shared with any third-parties.

Subscribe to Questar III’s RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds to get news delivered directly to your computer, Internet browser or mobile phone. Subscribe to our news feed at using Mozilla Live Bookmarks, Google Feedburner or other RSS reading apps, news aggregators or podcatchers.

Social media
Follow or like Questar III on Facebook and Twitter. You do not have to have an account to view the organization’s social media websites, but those liking or following these sites will receive real-time updates as they happen on their phones or computers.

Questar III BOCES serves 23 school districts in Rensselaer, Columbia and Greene counties (and hundreds of other districts across the state) by providing cost-effective shared services.

From special education and career training for students to professional development , Questar III is committed to meeting the needs of its districts and students.

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