[Nfbc-info] Fw: [rehab] Upcoming NCLB Examination dates

Lisamaria Martinez, NOMC lmartinez217 at gmail.com
Thu Jan 8 16:22:21 UTC 2009

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Edward Bell" <ebell at latech.edu>
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Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2009 6:03 AM
Subject: [rehab] Upcoming NCLB Examination dates



As you may be aware, the National Literary Braille Competency Test (NLBCT) 
of the National Library Service (NLS) has been transferred to the 
administration of the National Blindness Professional Certification Board 
(NBPCB). With the NLBCT as its cornerstone, the NBPCB has established the 
National Certification in Literary Braille (NCLB), which is a complete 
professional credential that requires recertification on a five year cycle. 
Individuals who were certified with the NLBCT prior to 2006 will need to 
retest through the NBPCB; however, the initial fee may be waived if the 
applicant can show proof of original NLBCT credential.

The NCLB is currently the only nationally recognized certification in 
literary Braille. The examination has not been substantially changed from 
its earlier version once administered by the NLS, however a five year 
recertification requirement has been instituted in the interest of 
maintaining high standards. The exam is not aimed at transcribers. Rather, 
it is a valid test of a person’s ability to competently read, write, and 
understand contracted, literary Braille, and is being targeted to all 
individuals who teach Braille professionally, and/or those seeking to be 
credentialed in this area.

The next exams scheduled for 2009 are:


Date:                Saturday, February 7, 2009

Time:                8:00am-5:00pm (Doors close 8:30am)

Location:          Holiday Inn Capitol (Columbia II)

550 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

Cost:                $250 combined application/testing fee

Deadline:          Friday, January 9, 2009 (or $275 late registration 
January 10-25)


Date:                Sunday, March 15, 2009

Time:                8:00am-5:00pm (Doors close 8:30am)

Location:          Lighthouse International (6th Floor Studio/Jr. Ballroom)

111 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022-1202

Cost:                $250 combined application/testing fee

Deadline:          Sunday, February 15, 2009 (or $275 late registration Feb 
16-Mar 1)

To apply online go to:


or to download the NCLB Candidate Guidelines please visit:


Subsequent NCLB examinations will be convened wherever an appropriate venue 
can be procured, and sufficient applicant numbers make it possible. For 
additional information please visit the NBPCB website at: www.nbpcb.org, 
call the NBPCB office at (318) 257-4554, or contact Louise Walch, NBPCB 
Coordinator, at: braille at nbpcb.org.

Edward C. Bell, Ph.D., CRC, NOMC
Director, Professional Development and Research
Institute on Blindness
Louisiana Tech University
210 Woodard Hall
PO Box 3158
Ruston LA  71272
318.257.4554 (Office)
318.257.2259 (Fax)
ebell at latech.edu
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died in cotton fields and sweatshops."
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