[vendtalk] Braille Test at Washington Seminar

Gary Wunder gwunder at earthlink.net
Wed Dec 10 09:09:14 UTC 2008

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From: Braille Certification
To: Louise Walch
Sent: Monday, December 08, 2008 5:42 PM
Subject: Braille Test at Washington Seminar

Dear NFB State Presidents,

Please find attached a flyer announcing that testing for the National 
Certification in Literary Braille will be held on the Saturday prior 
to our Washington Seminar. Please pass this information along to your 
membership and others you think might be interested.

Thanks in advance.


Louise G. Walch
NBPCB Coordinator

Braille at nbpcb.org


Braille Test at Washington Seminar

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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