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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®)

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Gaithersburg, MD 20877
(301) 990-7979

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


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Retired in Good Standing

Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants truly improve the lives of their patients and improve wellness for people of all ages. Retiring in Good Standing from NBCOT is the perfect end to a great career.

Completing this process enables certificants to use the appropriate designation "OTR, Retired" or "COTA, Retired" after their name.

Important Notes:

  • Certificants may only submit a Retired in Good Standing application within their renewal year.
  • Certificants are not able to submit a Retired in Good Standing application if their certification is not current with NBCOT.
  • NBCOT can provide certificants with a hard copy certificate, if desired.

Retired in Good Standing Form (PDF)