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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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Certification Eligibility Requirements

To be deemed eligible to sit for the NBCOT certification examination, U.S. candidates must have graduated with one of the following accredited/approved entry-level occupational therapy degrees:

  • Associate degree in occupational therapy (COTA® Exam)
  • Entry-level master's degree in occupational therapy (OTR® Exam)
  • Entry-level doctoral degree in occupational therapy (OTR® Exam)

Key Requirements:

  • Complete all fieldwork requirements
  • After applying for the NBCOT Certification examination through MyNBCOT, submit an official final college or university transcript that indicates the degree date and title OR an Academic Credential Verification Form (ACVF) within six (6) months of the candidate receiving his/her final degree. The pass/fail status of candidates who submit an ACVF will not be released until NBCOT receives an official final transcript.
  • Agree to abide by the NBCOT Practice Standards/Code of Conduct
  • Attain a passing score on the NBCOT certification exam