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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.

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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
Fax (301) 869-8492

Email NBCOT at info@nbcot.org

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Character Review

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:

  1. Have you ever been convicted of a felony? (NOTE: Applicants must answer affirmatively if records, charges, or convictions have been pardoned, expunged, released, or sealed.) Documentation Checklist (PDF)
  2. 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? Documentation Checklist (PDF)
  3. 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? Documentation Checklist (PDF)
  4. Have you ever been suspended and/or expelled from a college or university? Documentation Checklist (PDF)

If an applicant answers "Yes" to any of the above questions, the corresponding checklist and required documentation must be submitted.