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Serving the public interest by advancing client care and professional practice through evidence-based certification standards and the validation of knowledge essential for effective practice in occupational therapy.


Certified occupational therapy professionals providing effective evidence-based services across all areas of practice worldwide.

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The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT®)

12 South Summit Avenue
Suite 100
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
(301) 990-7979

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Business Hours
Monday-Thursday: 9 am – 5 pm, Lunch: 12 pm – 12:45 pm

Friday: 9 am – 4 pm, Lunch: 12 pm – 1 pm


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Apply for the Exam

Ready to apply for the NBCOT certification exam? Before getting started, follow the steps below: 

  1.  Read the Exam Handbook.
  2.  Register for your account through MyNBCOT using a valid email address. Use the "Access MyNBCOT" link below.
  3.  Complete and submit the exam application and pay using a major credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover).
  4.  Have your school registrar submit an official final transcript or Academic Credential Verification Form (ACVF).

Please Note: You must complete the exam application in one sitting.  You cannot exit the screen, login, and start where you left off.

Please see the 2016 Year-end Holiday Schedule to review 2016 exam application deadlines and other key exam details.

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