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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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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
  • Submit an official final college or university transcript that indicates the degree date and title OR an Academic Credential Verification Form (ACVF) within 90 days 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