[Nfbmo] Fw: NCLB Braille Certification at Washington Seminar

Gary Wunder gwunder at earthlink.net
Fri Dec 19 21:17:22 UTC 2008

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Braille Certification 
To: Louise Walch 
Sent: Friday, December 19, 2008 2:59 PM
Subject: NCLB Braille Certification at Washington Seminar

NFB Affiliates,


Thank you once again for your help thus far in letting people know about the National Certification in Literary Braille. Testing will be held on Feb 7, the Saturday right before Washington Seminar. Please find the flyer attached.


Best regards,



Louise G. Walch
NBPCB Coordinator
Braille at nbpcb.org


Braille Test in Washington, DC, Feb 7, 2009





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 scheduled exam open for certification and recertification in 2009 is:


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:        Sunday, January 4, 2009

                        (or $275 late registration January 5-25)


Subsequent NCLB examinations will be convened wherever an appropriate venue can be procured, and sufficient applicant numbers make it possible. Please contact the NBPCB for more details.


To apply online go to:




or to download the NCLB Candidate Guidelines please visit:




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.

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