To ensure that occupational therapy practitioners meet standards of professional conduct prior to entering the profession, all applicants for certification are required to provide information and documentation related to affirmative responses to character questions on the examination application.
The character review consists of four key questions:
- Have you ever been convicted of a felony? (NOTE: Applicants must answer affirmatively even if convictions have been pardoned, expunged, released, or sealed.)
- Have you ever had any professional license, registration, or certification denied, revoked, suspended, or subject to probationary conditions by a regulatory authority or certification board?
- Have you ever been found by any court, administrative, or disciplinary proceeding to have committed negligence, malpractice, recklessness, or willful or intentional misconduct which resulted in harm to another?
- Have you ever been suspended and/or expelled from a college or university for non-academic reasons?
NBCOT uses a third-party vendor to provide background checks for applicants with affirmative responses to character questions. The following required documentation must also be submitted:
- A detailed, written explanation regarding the incident(s). Please describe your involvement and behavior in the incident(s), including how your actions were discovered.
- If you have been on parole or probation at any point within the last seven (7) years, you must include documentation confirming your compliance with or completion of all terms and conditions imposed by the court. This can be a letter from your probation officer, or other official court documentation.
For details on NBCOT’s disciplinary action process, visit the Professional Conduct page.