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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
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Support Your OTR and COTA Employees with Groundbreaking Competency Resources, At No Cost

In a dynamic field such as occupational therapy, advances in therapeutic approaches and technology are constantly improving the level of care available to your clients. Client demand is strong for high quality occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants who bring the greatest knowledge and skill to their practice.

NBCOT is the standard of excellence in occupational therapy certification and an essential partner in OT practice.

Competency is a constant process. It is imperative to provide employees with access to the latest research, tools, and resources. At NBCOT, we are here to help.

We provide competency assessment tools and professional development resources to help your OTR and COTA employees stay at the top of their game. All of our continued competency resources reflect the most up-to-date practice standards.

The adoption of the following tools by your OT professionals may also help support your facility accreditation efforts. And, they are provided at no cost to you!

Encourage your OTR and COTA employees to take advantage of these offerings by including them as part of professional development planning.

Research Access

No subscription, no problem. To support our certificants in evidence-based practice, we offer access to ProQuest, a hub for all the latest research in OT practice. This is a service provided exclusively to NBCOT certified professionals.

Online Self-assessments

OT professionals can gauge practice strengths and weaknesses by completing online self-assessment tools. You and your employee can use the results to help build an effective professional development plan.

NBCOT Navigator® Continuing Competency Tool Suite

The NBCOT Navigator is a suite of competency tools built upon the latest practice standards and evidence-based research. The resource includes engaging virtual scenarios and games that span all practice areas including pediatrics, rehabilitation, home health, mental health, skilled nursing, orthopedics, school-based, health & wellness, work & industry, administration & management, and education & research. These tools are hosted on MyNBCOT. See how the tools were created!

Are You Hiring an OTR or COTA?

Verify OTR and COTA credentials on the NBCOT homepage by using our public online credential verification system.