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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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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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Professional Conduct

NBCOT has a responsiblity to promote and maintain standards of professional conduct in the practice of occupational therapy.  In order to protect the public, those applying for NBCOT certification must abide by the Candidate/Certificant Code of Conduct.

Certificants or certification applicants who violate one or more Principles of the Code of Conduct are subject to the Procedures for the Enforcement of the NBCOT Candidate/Certificant Code of Conduct. These procedures enable NBCOT to protect the rights of candidates and certificants while upholding NBCOT's responsibilities as a certifying agency to the public.

When renewing certification, certificants must agree to abide by the NBCOT Certificant Attestation .

For an overview of NBCOT’s disciplinary action process, see the graphic below.