• Access your certification status
  • Apply for the exam
  • Review order history and current contact details with NBCOT
  • Instantly access ProQuest and RefWorks
  • More features coming soon!
Access MyNBCOT


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.

Learn More

Contact Us

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

Business Hours
Monday-Thursday: 9 am – 5 pm, Lunch: 12 pm – 12:45 pm

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


OTR® & COTA® Credential Verification

Go Now


Professional Conduct

NBCOT has a responsibility to promote and maintain standards of professional conduct in the practice of occupational therapy.  In order to protect the public, those applying for NBCOT certification must abide by the Practice Standards and Candidate/Certificant Code of Conduct.

Certificants and certification applicants who violate one or more Principles of the Code of Conduct are subject to the Procedures for the Enforcement of the NBCOT Candidate/Certificant Code of Conduct.  These procedures enable NBCOT to protect the rights of candidates and certificants while upholding NBCOT's responsibilities as a certifying agency to the public.

When renewing certification, certificants must agree to abide by the NBCOT Certificant Attestment .

Code of Conduct

Understand the principles to which certificants are required to adhere

Practice Standards

Guidelines to determine what an OTR or COTA should and should not do when providing services to clients

Procedures for Enforcement

Outlines the process NBCOT adheres to when investigating and reviewing cases

NBCOT Disciplinary Action Summary

Review disciplinary actions taken by NBCOT

Disciplinary Action Overview

Provides a graphical overview of NBCOT’s disciplinary action process