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Mission

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.

Vision

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

Email NBCOT at info@nbcot.org

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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Are you interested in becoming an NBCOT Volunteer? 

Volunteering with NBCOT offers:

  • An opportunity to give back to the OT profession
  • A professional opportunity to interact with peers from different parts of the country
  • An opportunity to gain or strengthen social or professional contacts
  • Personal satisfaction and professional recognition
  • An opportunity for a different experience in your professional development
  • An opportunity to help shape the future of the OT profession

If you would like to be part of a growing list of OTR, COTA, and public volunteers at NBCOT, simply fill out and submit the Volunteer Application. With your involvement and expertise, you are a vital asset to NBCOT in fulfilling its mission of serving the public interest.

 

 

 

  • Item Writer Program: Help develop examination items for the OTR or COTA examination.
  • OTR Certification Examination Development and Validation Committee-Multiple Choice Group (OTR only)​: Serve on a committee that reviews and validates multiple choice items for the OTR examination.
  • OTR Certification Examination Development and Validation Committee-Clinical Simulation Group (OTR only): Serve on a committee that develops, reviews, and validates clinical simulation test items for the OTR examination.
  • COTA Certification Examination Development and Validation Committee (COTACE): Serve on a committee that reviews and validates items for the COTA examination.
  • Continuing Competency Project Development Committee (OTR only): Serve on a committee that develops tools and products for the continuing competency program.
  • Ad-hoc opportunities as they arise

Application Criteria:

  • Current OTR or COTA certification
  • Three to five years of experience in a specific occupational therapy practice area (Mental Health, Physical Disabilities, Pediatrics, School-based)
  • Good writing, reviewing, and editing skills
  • Commitment to work within a scheduled timeline
  • Ability to work well in teams
  • Computer literate
  • Willing and able to travel to meetings, if necessary

Notes:

1.  There may be additional criteria dependent on the nature of the product or committee work involved.
2.  NBCOT selects volunteers based on a variety of key factors.  To protect the confidentiality and intellectual property of NBCOT products, any perceived or real conflict of interest could affect selection onto an NBCOT committee.

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