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

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


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Transcript & ACVF

After applying for the certification examination through MyNBCOT, candidates must submit:

  • An official final college or university transcript that indicates the date of graduation and degree title, OR
  • An Academic Credential Verification Form (ACVF) within six (6) months of the candidate's anticipated graduation date from an associate or master's degree program, and within one (1) year of the candidate's anticipated graduation date from a doctoral program.

Requirements to submit a transcript:

  • Must be sent directly from the registrar's office, transcript service, or clearing house.
  • Must indicate the date of graduation and degree title.

Candidates approved through the OTED process are not required to submit a transcript.

Requirements to submit an ACVF:

  • For candidates who have successfully completed all academic coursework and fieldwork, college/university requirements, and will graduate from an ACOTE-accredited OT program.
  • Must be completed by the candidate or Program Director.
  • Any candidate who has submitted an ACVF will not have their exam pass/fail status released until NBCOT has received an official final transcript from the candidate's college/university that confirms the degree date and degree title.
Purpose of the Academic Credential Verification Service:

This service is designed to allow candidates with a gap between the completion of their coursework/fieldwork and their actual degree conferral to continue moving forward in the certification process. If the completion of coursework/fieldwork happens immediately prior to degree conferral, this service does not apply, and an official final transcript should be submitted.

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NBCOT will accept transcripts electronically that are transferred using a secure and verifiable transcript service or clearing house. The documents should be sent to Mail transcripts and ACVF forms to:

12 S. Summit Avenue, Suite 100
Gaithersburg, MD 20877