General Examination Information

Benefits To Military Applicants

Out of respect to our Active Duty Military Applicants, the NBCOT will offer the 

OTC ®  and the OT-SC Examinations 12 months throughout the year.

In addition, the $75.00 Application Fee will be waived to all active duty applicants.

Examination Dates & Deadlines

The OTC® and OT-SC™ Examination is administered 5 times a year during the entire months of: February, April, June, September and November. 


February Cycle: December 20th by 12 Noon EST. Applications received between December 21st through the 22nd, must include the $100.00 Late Fee.


April Cycle: February 20th by 12 Noon EST. Applications received between February 21st through March 22nd, must include the $100.00 Late Fee.


June Cycle: April 20th by 12 Noon EST. Applications received between April 21st through May 22nd, must include the $100.00 Late Fee.


September Cycle: July 20th  by 12 Noon EST. Applications received between July 21st through August 22nd, must include the $100.00 Late Fee.


November Cycle: September 20th by 12 Noon EST. Applications received between September 21st  through October 22nd, must include the $100.00 Late Fee.

Any Applications received by our office AFTER 12:00 pm EST on the Early Registration date posted, delivered by any US Mail authorized carrier, MUST include the non refundable $100.00 late fee.  Late Fees are NOT WAIVED OR REFUNDED FOR ANY REASON.

Mail is accepted and signed for in the NBCOT office 6 days a week and on holidays.

If a posted deadline falls on a Sunday, the next day (Monday at 12 Noon EST) is the cutoff.

Examination and Processing Fees

TESTING FEES FOR THE UNITED STATES

OTC® and OT-SC™ 

Examination Fee: $400.00

Payable in U.S. Currency ONLY

(Late registration fee is an additional $100.00 and is not waived for any reason) 

Accepted forms of payment:

Bank Issued Check (i.e.: Teller, Cashier's, Official Check), Corporate Check (ie: issued by employer), or Money Order. MasterCard® or Visa®

Application fee: $75.00


Application fee must be paid by the following with no exception:

  • All new candidates.
  •  Any candidate that is retesting beyond 6 months of his/her initial application
  •  Any candidate that has allowed their OTC® or OT-SC™ Certification to lapse.
  • Any candidate that is recertifying by exam (and has not lapsed) are exempt from the application fee.


NO CREDIT CARDS OR PERSONAL CHECKS ARE ACCEPTED FOR THE APPLICATION FEE.

A chargeback fee of $40.00 will be assessed for any check or Money Order issued to the NBCOT, Inc. that is returned to the NBCOT for any reason by the bank.

NO PERSONAL CHECKS ARE ACCEPTED FOR TESTING OR APPLICATION FEES OR LATE REGISTRATION

FEES.

PERSONAL CHECKS WILL BE RETURNED WITH APPLICATION UNPROCESSED.



Find A Test Site Near You

The link below is for information purposes only.  Any attempt to schedule your examination before obtaining your ID and Password will nullify your ability to schedule an appointment in the future once you've been approved.  Please note that test site locations may change at anytime.

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ADA Guidelines

In compliance with the current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the National Board for Certification of Orthopaedic Technologists, Inc. (NBCOT) provides reasonable and appropriate Special Testing Accommodations for candidates with a documented disability/disabilities that are covered under the current ADA Guidelines. The applicant must be deemed eligible for certification in all circumstances.

Click the link at the bottom of this page (ADA Guidelines and Forms)

What To Expect At The Testing Center

Click the link at the bottom of this page (At The Test Center) for important information.

Appeals Procedures

Click the link at the bottom of this page (Appeals Procedures) for important information regarding filing an appeal)

Appointment, Rescheduling, Cancellation and Refund Policy

Click the link at the bottom of this page (Appointment Rescheduling, cancellation and refund Policy) to learn how to reschedule or cancel your appointment.  

NOTE: Rescheduling or cancellation fees apply.

Re-Examination Limits

A new complete application and proper testing fees must be submitted each time a candidate applies for consideration.

A Candidate may take the  OTC®/OT-SC   Examination a total of three (3) consecutive times.  If after three (3) consecutive attempts the candidate is still unsuccessful, the candidate must wait a total of six (6) calendar months from the date fo the last attempt before becoming eligible to reapply.

Candidates cannot retake any examination during the same month they failed.

Message to all immigrants, including Orthopaedic Surgeons from another country

Employment as an Orthopaedic Technologist in an American Hospital for a minimum of two (2) calendar years must be completed before you can apply for consideration.

The NBCOT does not assess foreign credentials before or after you arrive in America.

The NBCOT is not a source for training or for employment services.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How long is my Certification valid for?

Answer: Certification is valid from the day that you pass your examination through December 31st - 6 years later, as long as you remain in good standing.  


Question:  What is the "date" of the next Examination?

Answer: The OTC® and OT-SC Examinations are administered during the entire months of February, April, June, August and November.  Once an application has been received complete with no issues, is validated and accepted by the NBCOT, the applicant will be notified by e-mail by ISO-Quality Testing that they may now make their own appointment for the testing cycle (month) that they applied for.  Appointments are made by the candidate using the information found in the e-mail they received.  The NBCOT does not make or cancel appointments.  It is up to the applicant to make their own appointment to take the examination.  Fees apply if the applicant needs to change or cancel an appointment after it has been made.


 Question: Why do the locations of testing centers change?

Answer: For security of all the Examinations that our Testing Administrator handles, they may rotate sites randomly during the year.  


Why won't the NBCOT accept personal checks?

Answer: The policy not to take personal checks was put into place after receiving a rash of bad personal checks both for testing and continuing education submissions.  The NBCOT incurred heavy bank bank charge back fees and legal fees to collect the funds due.  In the interest of all concerned, this policy will not change.


Question:  I have half of my testing fee that I can send in now with my application to avoid a late filing fee.  Can I pay the balance over time?

Answer: NO.  Only a properly completed application sent with all the appropriate fees submitted will be considered and processed after it has been accepted.