For OT educators seeking information on the Early Determination and Character Review process, please refer to the overview tabs below.
An individual who is considering entering, or who has already entered, an occupational therapy educational program can have his/her background reviewed prior to actually applying for the exam by requesting an Early Determination Review.
In this Early Determination Review process, NBCOT may give early or prior approval to take the certification exam, as it pertains to good moral character, provided that the information reviewed is not found to be a violation of any of the principles of the Practice Standards/Code of Conduct.
Each early review case is reviewed on an individual basis. After NBCOT has completed its review, the individual is notified in writing regarding whether he/she would be eligible to sit for the NBCOT exam, provided all eligibility requirements are met.
Early Determination Review Form (PDF)
Early Determination Documentation Checklist (PDF)
NBCOT's Character Review program enables the organization to protect the public from those certificants whose behavior falls short of standards for personal and professional conduct as outlined in the Practice Standards/Code of Conduct.
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.
For more information, please refer to our Character Review homepage.