An individual who represents him/herself as having obtained COTA certification has met the following criteria:
An individual who represents him/herself as having obtained OTR certification has met the following criteria:
Interested parties can verify an individual’s certification status by requesting a NBCOT Certification Verification Letter. This certification information is reported on letterhead and carries the NBCOT official stamp. The letter is mailed directly from NBCOT to the addressee (e.g., employer, regulatory entity). The fee for this service is $35.
NBCOT does not provide verbal/e-mail verifications to employers or other parties. However, for employment agencies only, NBCOT will verify a certificant’s status by facsimile.
NBCOT is an independent national credentialing agency and not a governmental entity. NBCOT certification is a nationwide recognition that an occupational therapy practitioner has met certain professional requirements and certification standards
In contrast, a state license/registration/certification grants an occupational therapy practitioner permission to practice in that state or jurisdiction. State regulations regarding the practice of occupational therapy and continuing education vary from one state to another.
NBCOT certification is a prerequisite to licensure in all states and the U.S. territories. However, NBCOT does not have jurisdiction over state regulatory entities and their requirements. The application process for NBCOT certification is separate and apart from the application process for state licensure.
OTR and COTA are recognized as a world-class standard and share the attributes of certification programs in other healthcare professions, including:
NBCOT certification programs are accredited by the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA), the leader in setting quality standards for credentialing organizations.
Complaints must be submitted in writing. You can use the NBCOT Complaint Form to assist you in submitting your complaint along with any supporting documentation you wish to provide.
A complaint cannot be made anonymously; the individual accused has a right to know the nature of the complaint, and the identity of the person who filed the complaint.
In addition you can go to the NBCOT web page under Qualifications and Compliance Review where you will find the “Candidate/Certificant Code of Conduct,” “Procedures For The Enforcement of The Candidate/Certificant Code of Conduct,” and the Complaint Form, in addition to other information.
The answer is, "Yes, provided that upon review of your background, it appears that the circumstances of your criminal record are not found to be in direct violation of any of the principles of the Candidate/Certificant Code of Conduct.”
NBCOT's certification examination application contains good moral character questions that must be answered by all exam candidates applying for the certification examination. Applicants who answer “yes” to any of these questions must submit an explanation and official documentation regarding their background to NBCOT’s Credentialing Services Department at the time of application. This information will be reviewed by the NBCOT on an individual basis prior to determining exam eligibility.
Also, an individual who is considering entering an educational program or has already entered an educational program can have his or her background reviewed prior to actually applying for the exam by requesting an early determination review. The fee for this review is $100.
For additional information contact the Credentialing Services Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.