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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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Reinstatement Request

Certificants who did not renew their certification within their renewal year and allowed their certification to lapse must apply for reinstatement prior to using their OTR or COTA designation.

To be eligible for reinstatement, certificants must:

Important Notes:

  • A reinstatement application is valid for six (6) months from its initial submission date. Applicants who do not address deficiencies within that time will need to submit a new reinstatement application and fee in order to complete the renewal process. The original application fee is non-refundable.
  • Applicants should allow 20 days for processing once NBCOT receives their application.
  • Applicants should allow three to four (3-4) weeks from the date the application is processed to receive their certificate and wallet card in the mail.
  • Applicants should contact NBCOT within two (2) months of renewing their certification to be reissued a certificate at no cost.
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