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Professional Conduct

NBCOT has a responsibility to promote and maintain standards of professional conduct in occupational therapy practice. 

In order to protect the public, certificants and exam applicants must abide by the Practice Standards and Code of Conduct. Those who violate the Code of Conduct are subject to the Procedures for the Enforcement of the NBCOT Code of Conduct. When renewing certification, certificants must agree to abide by the NBCOT Certificant Attestation.


Code of Conduct

Certificants and exam applicants are expected to comply with NBCOT's Code of Conduct.

The NBCOT Code of Conduct enables NBCOT to define and clarify the professional responsibilities for present and future NBCOT certificants. In order to earn and maintain the confidence and respect of recipients of occupational therapy, colleagues, employers, students, and the public, it is vital that NBCOT certificants act in a professional manner consistent with the Practice Standards and responsibilities set forth in the Code of Conduct.

NBCOT Candidate/Certificant Code of Conduct


Practice Standards

Practice standards in occupational therapy are the baseline for quality occupational therapy care, holding certificants accountable for delivering consistent, high quality health care services.

The NBCOT Practice Standards provide guidelines that can help certificants determine what they should and should not do when providing services to clients. These Standards represent the expectations of NBCOT and may be used to evaluate performance for ongoing professional development and/or disciplinary action. 

OTR Practice Standards 

COTA Practice Standards


Procedures for Enforcement

The purpose of NBCOT's Qualifications and Compliance Review program is to protect the public from certificants and exam applicants whose behavior violates NBCOT's Code of Conduct.

The Procedures for the Enforcement of the NBCOT Code of Conduct enable NBCOT to protect the rights of certificants and exam applicants who have violated the Code, and to act fairly in the performance of its responsibilities as a certifying agency to the public.

NBCOT has jurisdiction over all: 

  • Individuals who have been certified as an OTR® or COTA®
  • Individuals who have applied for certification
  • Individuals who have applied for OTED®
  • Individuals who have applied for Early Determination Review

For an overview of NBCOT's disciplinary action process, review this graphic.

Presumptive Denial - Effective 2019

Learn more about an upcoming NBCOT policy that pertains to eligibility for certification renewal for individuals convicted of serious crimes.


Disciplinary Action Summary

NBCOT maintains a list of final disciplinary actions taken by the organization.

This summary is a national resource for consumers of occupational therapy services, the general public, regulatory agencies, and employers. 

NBCOT Disciplinary Action Summary

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