The Importance of Being a Certified Orthopedic Technologist (OTC®) | National Association of Orthopaedic Technologists

The Importance of Being a Certified Orthopedic Technologist (OTC®)

The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ORTHOPAEDIC TECHNOLOGISTS ( is a Non-profit organization dedicated to the pursuit of excellence through education of orthopedic technologists, other related allied health care professionals, and the general public since 1982.

NAOT is the premier Association for Orthopedic Technologists. We offer many educational opportunities for all allied health professionals such as, numerous casting, splinting workshops and our annual clinical
symposium. Our symposium offers a diverse mix of Orthopedic lectures, hands-on workshops, roundtable discussions, and an exhibit hall.

NAOT receives questions as to the necessity of being Certified as an Orthopedic Technologist. We hope the following information will help you understand how VITALLY important it is to your practice, facility &/or organization.

  • Certification represents a declaration of a particular individual’s professional competence. This can protect the general public from incompetent and unfit practitioners. The OTC Certification meets the CMS requirements for Meaningful Use.
  • The certification of specialized skill-sets affirms a knowledge and experience base for practitioners in a particular field, their employers, and the public at large, ensuring a more productive and highly trained workforce for employers.
  • In many professions certification &/or licensure is a requirement for employment or practice. Doctors, mechanics, accountants, professional secretaries, nursing, and many others are all required to go through a certification process of some kind. Would you want to hire someone who had not met these requirements?
  • The OTC® Examination, which is offered through the National Board for Certification of Orthopedic Technologists, Inc. (NBCOT, Inc.), is the ONLY Orthopaedic Technologist Certification accredited by the National Commission for Credentialing Agencies (NCCA®).
  • The NCCA’s mission is to ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the public through the accreditation.
  • NCCA accreditation is the gold standard by means of demonstrating to your profession and your certificants that the certification has been reviewed by a panel of impartial experts that have determined that the program has met the stringent standards of NCCA.
  • The NBCOT OTC® Certification also requires the Orthopedic Technologists, Certified (OTC®) to maintain a level of knowledge through continuing education or re-examination.

Please note that certification of Orthopaedic Technologists (OTC®) is handled exclusively by the National Board for Certification of Orthopaedic Technologists, Inc. (NBCOT, Inc.).

  • The NBCOT, Inc. is a separate entity from the National Association of Orthopaedic Technologists (NAOT), which focuses on continued professional development and education of OTCs. Any questions and inquiries about existing policies, rules, regulations, verification and deadlines relating to certification or recertification should be addressed to NBCOT using the contact information listed below:

4736 Onondaga Blvd #166, Syracuse, NY 13219
National Association of Orthopaedic Technologists
Phone: 866-466-2268  Email:

Respectfully Submitted,
Robyn Masseth, NAOT President, OTC