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