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Mission

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. 

Vision

Certified occupational therapy professionals providing effective evidence-based services across all areas of practice worldwide. 


Verifying Practice Excellence Through Certification

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).


Board of Directors

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.

Chairperson

Dennis Tobin, MBA, MEd, OTR

Vice-Chairperson

Dee Berline, MBA, C/NDT, OTR/L

Secretary/Treasurer

       Mack Hill, MA                       

Public Member

          Sheila Baxter,           BG (Retired)

Board Member

Cesar Cespedes, OTR, MS

Board Member

Brittany Curtis, OTD, OTR/L

Board Member

Kate DeCleene Huber, OTD, MS, OTR

Board Member

Joanne Foss, PhD, OTR/L 

Board Member

Ann Glore, COTA/L

Board Member

Mashelle Painter, MEd, COTA/L

Board Member

Pamela Richardson, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Board Member

Mary Smith, Ed.D(C), MOT, OTR/L

Board Member

Rae Ann Smith, OTD, OTR/L

Board Member

George Tomlin, PhD, OTR

Public Member

Ben Wall, MD, MSPH

Board Member

Audrey Wilson-Alston, MBA, COTA/L

Public Member

Karl Yordy, MPA


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