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NBCOT Certification Exams to be Delivered with Pearson VUE in 2024

Beginning January 2, 2024, the OTR® and COTA® certification exams will be administered at Pearson VUE’s highly secure network of fully-owned and operated Pearson Professional Centers (PPCs) across the U.S.

Registration and scheduling to take an exam in 2024 will open on October 4, 2023. Candidates who are testing now through December 18, will continue to test with NBCOT’s current test administration vendor.

Pearson VUE is a global leader in computer-based certification and licensure testing and has extensive experience supporting the health care credentialing sector, having delivered exams on behalf of over 120 health care certification programs worldwide across a range of different professions.

“We are excited and honored to serve NBCOT and its stakeholders beginning in January 2024,” said Eric D’Astolfo, Vice President, Business Development, Pearson VUE. “NBCOT is a leader in the credentialing industry and the authority in validating the knowledge needed for excellence in occupational therapy. We eagerly look forward to supporting NBCOT’s mission.”

NBCOT recognizes that candidates preparing for the OTR and COTA exams will want to learn more about this transition. Current information is available at, and more specific information related to the logistics of the transition for exams in 2024 will be communicated throughout the rest of this year.


The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT®) is a national not-for-profit organization that provides certification to over 213,000 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. For more information, please visit

About Pearson VUE

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