The National Blindness Professional Certification Board (NBPCB) has established rigorous standards for certifying competent professionals who wish to demonstrate their knowledge and proficiency in reading and writing the literary braille code. Successful applicants who earn the National Certification in Literary Braille (NCLB) are entitled to all rights and responsibilities therein as long as he or she maintains active certification status.
Candidates who fulfill all application requirements and successfully pass the National Literary Braille Competency Test (NLBCT) are awarded the National Certification in Literary Braille. The NLBCT is used to measure the level of a person’s ability to read and write contracted literary braille. Although the test can be taken by anyone, it is intended primarily for teachers of braille and future teachers of braille.
The following pages have been created to help you find the information you need to navigate through the NCLB process in an efficient and effective manner.
Upcoming Test Dates
To find dates and locations for upcoming NCLB exams, and to make application for a test, click this link. Tests are also scheduled in Ruston, Louisiana on a monthly bases, and you may request a testing administration to be set up in your area. For more information about these options, contact NCLB Coordinator at 318-257-4554, or email@example.com
Individuals who are interested in learning more about the background, structure, history, and general information about the NCLB should click on the NCLB Overview page for more information. At any time, you can also go to our Downloads page to obtain the complete NCLB Candidate Manual and other forms that can be downloaded.
The Initial Certification page has been designed to walk applicants through the process of applying for the exam. Here you will find more about the structure of the exam, the application process, test accommodations, what to expect on the day of the test, how to prepare for exam day, and other relevant information that pertains to the initial certification process. You will also find the complete Candidate Manual, which is a comprehensive manual that all interested persons should download and read carefully before making application to the NBPCB for certification.
Exam Preparation Materials
The Exam Preparation Materials page has been added to provide a place for candidates to get information to help them prepare for the NCLB exam. On this page, you will find a document titled, “How to Study for the Exam,” which provides guidelines on getting ready for the test. Also, “What to Bring,” is a checklist that has reminders of what you will need to bring with you on the day of the test.
For direct access to the English Braille, American Edition (EBAE) manual for purchase or download, please visit the following link: http://www.brailleauthority.org/literary/literary.html
In addition, this page will take you to a complete Sample Test, which is a shortened version of what you can expect the NCLB exam to contain. Finally, we have included a Practice Materials section on this page that provides you with the instructions that you should follow, along with practice passages for the braillewriter, slate & stylus, and proofreading sections, including answer keys for you to check your work.
The Fees page will provide you with up to date information on the cost for the test, forms of payment that are accepted, and more information about services we provide.
All individuals who successfully obtain NCLB certification will hold active status for five years after the date of the initial test. After that time, each individual must recertify in order to maintain active NCLB status. Click the Recertification page for more information and options.
Policies and Statistical Reports
For individuals who are interested in the validation report of the National Literary Braille Competency Test (NLBCT), or for more information on statistics and policies related to Braille competency, check our Policies and Statistical Reports page.
Find NCLBs by State
If you are an employer, consumer, or interested stakeholder, and you want to know if there is currently a NCLB certified individual in your area, you can visit our “Find NCLBs by State” page. Here you can look up all actively certified individuals by state, last name, or by NCLB certification number.
Finally, if you can not find what you are looking for, or if you have specific questions, you can contact the NBPCB Office at: 318-257-4554, at firstname.lastname@example.org , or by writing to us at 101 South Trenton Street, Ruston, LA, 71270.
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