The National Blindness Professional Certification Board (NBPCB) was created to certify qualified specialists in work with the blind. At present, the Certification Board offers three certifications - the National Orientation and Mobility Certification (NOMC), the National Certification in Literary Braille (NCLB), and the National Certification in Unified English Braille (NCUEB).
The National Orientation and Mobility Certification (NOMC) emphasizes nonvisual instruction, and Structured Discovery Cane Travel ™.
The National Certification in Literary Braille (NCLB) is specifically intended for teachers working with blind children or adults. All those who are certified will hold valid certification until their expiration date; however, it will no longer be offered as of January 1, 2015.
The National certification in Unified English Braille will begin being offered as of January 1, 2015, and will replace the NCLB credential. This certification is specifically intended for professionals working with either blind children or adults. UEB (Unified English Braille) will be the recognized literary code by the Braille Authority of North America as of January 4, 2016.
The NBPCB has also developed an approval process for orientation training centers who utilize Structured Discovery methodology throughout their programs and a consumer-focused approach.