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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.

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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

Email NBCOT at info@nbcot.org

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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 Renewal Activities Chart

Click on a category below to view competency assessment activities and professional development activities. Click here to download a printable version of the chart.


 
CA ID # Activity CAU
Value
Max Units Per 3-year Cycle Verification Documentation
1 In the NBCOT Navigator, take a multiple-choice Mini Practice Quiz to assess knowledge of contemporary practice grounded by evidence-based literature. 0.5 unit
per quiz
6 units Certificate of completion provided through Navigator (units will be automatically entered into Certification Renewal Log).
2 In the NBCOT Navigator, complete a Case Simulation and assess practice knowledge by interacting with a virtual occupational therapy case scenario. 1 unit
per case
6 units Certificate of completion provided through Navigator (units will be automatically entered into Certification Renewal Log).
3 In the NBCOT Navigator, assess broad areas of occupational therapy knowledge used in practice with the OT Knowledge Library, a stylized matching tool. 0.25 unit
per game
2 units Certificate of completion provided through Navigator (units will be automatically entered into Certification Renewal Log).
4 In the NBCOT Navigator, complete a PICO exercise to assess implementation of the PICO (Patient/Problem, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome) process in order to integrate evidence-based research into practice. 0.5 unit
per PICO exercise
2 units Certificate of completion provided through Navigator (units will be automatically entered into Certification Renewal Log).
5 Assess specific practice-related professional skills using the NBCOT Self-Assessment tool(s), or similar professional skills assessment tool (e.g., AOTA or employer-based professional development tool). 1 unit
per tool
7 units
(for 7 Self-Assessment tools)
Print score report from the Self-Assessment, or provide a copy of completed tool from another provider(s).
6 Develop a Professional Development Continuing Competency Plan based on the results of professional skills assessments. 1 unit 1 unit Use results of Self-Assessment tool(s) (see above) to develop goals relating to competence/skills.
Professional Service
PDU ID # Activity PDU
Value
Max Units
Per 3-year
Cycle
Verification Documentation
7 Volunteer for an organization, population or individual that adds to the overall development of one's practice roles. 5 hours =
1 unit
18 units Verification of hours via letter from organization and a report describing the hours and outcomes of volunteer service. Volunteering Guidelines & Log is available here.
8 Peer review of practice-related research article or textbook. 5 units per review 18 units Letter from publishing organization.
9 Mentor an OT colleague or other professional to improve skills of the protégé, including role as a disciplinary monitor (mentor must be currently certified with NBCOT). 2 hours =
1 unit
18 units Goals, objectives and analysis of mentee performance. Mentoring Guidelines & Log is available here.
Workshops/Courses/Independent Learning
PDU ID # Activity PDU
Value
Max Units
Per 3-year
Cycle
Verification Documentation
10 Attend employer-provided workplace continuing education (may include CPR training). Does not include new staff orientation and/or annual mandatory workplace trainings (e.g., annual policy review and corporate compliance). The same workshop may be claimed only once for PDU. 1 hour =
1 unit
36 units A certificate of attendance or a letter from the sponsor/employer verifying contact hours or CEU, dates, event title, attendee name, and workshop agenda (if available). Sign-in sheets will not be accepted as sole proof of attendance.
11 Attend workshops, seminars, lectures, professional conferences, or online courses that are approved by one of the following:
  • Regionally accredited college/university;
  • State regulatory board for licensure renewal;
  • Continuing-education providers (e.g., state associations, continuing education companies);
  • Third-party entity.
The same workshop may be claimed only once for PDU.
1 hour = 
1 unit
36 units A certificate of attendance or a letter from the sponsor/employer verifying contact hours or CEU, dates, event title, attendee name and workshop agenda (if available).
12 Successfully complete education (e.g., workshops, seminars, lectures, online courses, or conference) with an assessment component at the end of the program (e.g., scored test, project, paper) provided by:
  • AOTA;
  • AOTA-approved providers;
  • IACET-authorized providers;
  • Regionally accredited colleges/universities.
1 hour =
1.25 units
36 units A certificate of attendance or a letter from the education provider (AOTA, AOTA-approved providers, IACET-authorized providers or regionally accredited colleges/universities) verifying dates, event title, attendee name, agenda and successful completion of assessment component at the end of the program (e.g., scored test, project, paper).
13 Read a peer-reviewed, practice-related professional journal article and/or textbook chapter, and write a report describing the implications for improving skills in one’s specific role. Cannot claim for PDU purposes if the textbook is required reading for academic coursework/audited course. 2 articles or 2 chapters = 1 unit 36 units Annotated bibliography AND a report with analysis of how the article/textbook has assisted with improving skills in one’s role. Journal/Textbook Reading form is available here.
14 Successfully complete academic coursework. Course must relate to practice area. 1 credit hour per semester = 10 units 36 units Official transcript with registrar's seal from accredited college/university. Transcript should be in a sealed envelope with 'RENEWAL' noted on the exterior. Send transcript with your renewal application. DO NOT SEND TRANSCRIPT SEPARATELY.
15 Receive mentoring from a currently certified occupational therapy practitioner or other professional in good standing to improve the skills of the protégé. 2 hours =
1 unit
18 units Goals and objectives established in collaboration with the mentor and self-analysis of performance. Mentoring Guidelines & Log available here.
16 Participate in a professional study group/online study group designed to advance knowledge through active participation. 2 hours =
1 unit
18 units Group attendance records verifying time spent, study group goals and analysis of goal attainment and learning. Study Group Report form is available here.
Presenting
PDU ID # Activity PDU
Value
Max Units
Per 3-year
Cycle
Verification Documentation
17 Serve as the primary or co-presenter at a state, national or international workshop, seminar or conference. One-time presentation per topic. Time spent on preparation cannot be included. 1 hour = 
2 units
36 units Copy of presentation OR copy of program listing. Presenter name, presentation times or length of session, and title of the presentation must be indicated on the documentation.
18 Serve as the primary or co-presenter for a poster presentation at a state, national or international workshop, seminar or conference. One-time presentation per topic. Time spent on preparation cannot be included. 2 units per poster 18 units Copy of presentation OR copy of program listing. Presenter name, presentation times or length of session, and title of the presentation must be indicated on the documentation.
19 Serve as adjunct faculty, teaching practice area-related academic course per semester. Must not be one's primary role. One-time per course title. Time spent on preparation cannot be included. For a one-time lecture, use PDU ID #21. 1 credit
hour =
6 units
36 units Letter of verification from school that includes dates, lecture/course title, length of session, and course/lecture goals and objectives or a copy of the course syllabus.
20 Provide professional in-service training, instruction, or guest lecture as a primary or co-presenter for occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, or related professionals. One-time presentation per topic. Time spent on preparation cannot be included. 1 hour =
1 unit
18 units Copy of attendance record and outline of presentation or letter from supervisor on letterhead verifying the presenter's name and the date/time/length of the presentation.
21 Serve as a primary or co-presenter for a local organization/association/group on practice area-related topic (e.g., energy conservation, back care and prevention of injury). One-time presentation per topic. Time spent on preparation cannot be included. 1 hour =
1 unit
18 units Copy of presentation OR program listing. Documentation must include the presenter name, presentation date/time/location and the contact person for the organization.
Fieldwork Supervision
PDU ID # Activity PDU
Value
Max Units
Per 3-year
Cycle
Verification Documentation
22 Level I fieldwork direct supervision. Must not be one's primary role. 1 unit
per student
18 units Letter of verification or certificate from school that includes dates of fieldwork and name of fieldwork student.
23 Level II fieldwork direct supervision. Must not be one's primary role. 1 unit per
1 week of
supervision
per
student
supervised
18 units Letter of verification or certificate from school that includes the dates of fieldwork. DO NOT submit student evaluation form as verification. Co-supervision is acceptable; record dates and times when acting as primary student supervisor. Supervision of more than one student at a time is acceptable; record dates and times of supervision provided to each student. Apply appropriate PDU value based on time spent supervising.
24 Entry-level or post-doctoral advanced fieldwork direct supervision. Must not be one's primary role. 1 unit per
1 week of supervision
per student supervised
18 units Letter of verification or certificate from school that includes the dates of fieldwork. DO NOT submit student evaluation form as verification. Co-supervision is acceptable; record dates and times when acting as primary student supervisor. Supervision of more than one student at a time is acceptable; record dates and times of supervision provided to each student. Apply appropriate PDU value based on time spent supervising.
Publishing
PDU ID # Activity PDU
Value
Max Units
Per 3-year
Cycle
Verification Documentation
25 Primary or co-author of practice area-related article in non-peer-reviewed professional publication (e.g., OT PracticeSIS QuarterlyAdvance). 1 article =
5 units
36 units Copy of published article.
26 Primary or co-author of practice area-related article in peer-reviewed professional publication (e.g., journal or research paper). 1 article =
10 units
36 units Copy of published article.
27 Primary or co-author of practice area-related article in lay publication (e.g., community newspaper, newsletter). 1 article =
2 units
36 units Copy of published article.
28 Primary or co-author of chapter in practice area-related professional textbook. 1 chapter =
10 units
36 units Copy of published chapter OR letter from editor.
29 Primary or co-primary investigator in extensive scholarly research activities or outcome studies, or externally funded service/training projects associated with grants or post-graduate studies. 10 units
per study
18 units Grant funding number OR abstract/executive summary OR copy of the completed research/study that indicates certificant as primary/co-primary investigator.