Certified occupational therapy professionals providing effective evidence-based services across all areas of practice worldwide.
The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT®) is a national not-for-profit organization that provides certification for occupational therapy professionals. NBCOT develops, administers, and continually reviews its certification process based on current and valid standards that provide reliable indicators of competence of occupational therapy practice. Above all else, our mission is to serve the public interest.
Initial certification from NBCOT is a requirement for licensure in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. We also work with state regulators and employers to provide information on credentials, professional conduct, and regulatory issues.
NBCOT's certification programs have received and maintained accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
NBCOT is governed by a board of directors composed of Occupational Therapists Registered (OTR®), Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTA®), and public members. The board is responsible for establishing the strategic vision and management oversight for the organization.
Dennis Tobin, MBA, MEd, OTR
Dee Berline, MBA, C/NDT, OTR/L
Mack Hill, MA
Sheila Baxter, BG (Retired)
Cesar Cespedes, OTR, MS
Brittany Curtis, OTD, OTR/L
Kate DeCleene Huber, OTD, MS, OTR
Joanne Foss, PhD, OTR/L
Ann Glore, COTA/L
Mashelle Painter, MEd, COTA/L
Pamela Richardson, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Mary Smith, Ed.D(C), MOT, OTR/L
Rae Ann Smith, OTD, OTR/L
George Tomlin, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Ben Wall, MD, MSPH
Audrey Wilson-Alston, MBA, COTA/L
Karl Yordy, MPA
NBCOT is seeking nominations for one (1) OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST REGISTERED (OTR®) to the Board of Directors.
The term appointment is for three years, with the possibility of re-appointment to a second term. This term will run October 2018 – October 2021.
Online Board Application (CLOSED)
Timeline for the nomination and election process:
- Call for Nominations Closes: April 6, 2018
- Interviews by Nominating Committee (selected nominees only): May 12, 2018
- Voting by OTR and COTA Certificants: July 9 – August 14, 2018
- Notification of Newly Elected Board Member: August 15, 2018
NBCOT encourages all current OTR and COTA certificants to vote.
NBCOT understands and is fully aware of the importance of impartiality in carrying out its certification activities. Our structure, policies, and procedures are designed to manage any conflicts of interest and to ensure the objectivity of our management system and certification activities.
NBCOT aims to inspire confidence in its certification activities by:
- Being impartial,
- Employing competent personnel,
- Being responsive to complaints,
- Being open,
- Providing access to relevant information gathered,
- Ensuring fairness,
- Maintaining transparency of processes, and
- Maintaining confidentiality.
Our certification processes are subject to continual review and improvements to increase the effectiveness of the management system.