[nfb-talk] Braille Test Deadline January 9

Braille Certification braille at nbpcb.org
Sun Jan 4 00:23:35 UTC 2009

Hello all,

Thanks for helping us get the word out about the upcoming NCLB 
Braille test at Washington Seminar. I'm writing to let you know that 
the deadline has been extended to this Friday, January 9th. The flyer 
is below and is also attached as a Word document. Please forward this 
information to those you think will be interested. Thanks for your 
efforts on our behalf.

Best regards,


Louise G. Walch
NBPCB Coordinator
<mailto:Braille at nbpcb.org>Braille at nbpcb.org


Application Deadline Extended to January 9



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 (<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 
ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />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)

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: 
<http://www.nbpcb.org/>www.nbpcb.org, call the NBPCB office at (318) 
257-4554, or contact Louise Walch, NBPCB Coordinator, at: 
<http://mail.nbpcb.org/src/compose.php?send_to=braille%40nbpcb.org>braille at nbpcb.org.

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