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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®)

12 South Summit Avenue
Suite 100
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
(301) 990-7979

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Friday: 9 am – 4 pm, Lunch: 12 pm – 1 pm


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OT Educators

OT Educators

We are your all-inclusive resource for OT Educators on everything NBCOT, from the certification examination application, study tool information, checking your program's scoring data, to renewing your certification with a practice area of emphasis.

Process Overviews

Overview of the key processes for OTR® and COTA® certification

Determining Eligibility

Key information on determining a candidate's eligibility status


Quick access to exam preparation resources

Testing Accommodations

Test centers, scheduling, accommodations, and more

Certification Application

Exam application process, key steps, and requirements

Post Exam

Important information for candidates and educators on the post exam process

Certification Renewal

Essential resources for the certification renewal process

School Performance

View pass rates for all accredited OT programs in the U.S.

Program Director Portal

Online tools for accessing your program scoring information and ordering OTKE