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Summary of Certification Activities

A summary of certification activities for the OTR and COTA exams for the last three years are outlined below.

OTR Certification Activities: New Graduate Testing

The table below shows information about the pass rates for new graduates, defined as candidates who test within one year of their graduation date.

All New Graduates1 2022 2021 2020
Total candidates 9,168 8,705 7,654
Pass rate 96% 98% 87%
First-Time New Graduates2 2022 2021 2020
Total candidates 9,145 8,810 7,574
Pass rate 77% 81% 84%

1The total number of candidates who tested within one year of their graduation date and the percentage who passed the exam, regardless of the number of attempts.

2The total number of candidates who tested within one year of their graduation date and the percentage who passed the exam on their first attempt

OTR Certification Activities: Total Number of Exams Administered

The table below shows the total number of exams administered in each year. These numbers represent the number of exam administrations, not the number of people tested (i.e., the numbers below include multiple testing attempts by a single individual).

2022 2021 2020
13,121 11,657 9,726

OTR Certification Activities: Total Certificant Population

The total number of individuals holding the OTR certification in 2022 was 156,657.

COTA Certification Activities: New Graduate Testing

The table below shows information about the pass rates for new graduates, defined as candidates who test within one year of their graduation date.

All New Graduates1 2022 2021 2020
Total candidates 3,966 4,407 3,524
Pass rate 85% 92% 84%
First-Time New Graduates2 2022 2021 2020
Total candidates 3,884 4,601 3,292
Pass rate 71% 75% 79%

1The total number of candidates who tested within one year of their graduation date and the percentage who passed the exam, regardless of the number of attempts.

2The total number of candidates who tested within one year of their graduation date and the percentage who passed the exam on their first attempt

COTA Certification Activities: Total Number of Exams Administered

The table below shows the total number of exams administered in each year. These numbers represent the number of exam administrations, not the number of people tested (i.e., the numbers below include multiple testing attempts by a single individual).

2022 2021 2020
6,291 6,672 4,798

COTA Certification Activities: Total Certificant Population

The total number of individuals holding the COTA certification in 2022 was 61,541