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The National Board for Certification of Orthopaedic Technologists (NBCOT) Certification Examination for Orthopaedic Technologists measures entry-level knowledge and skills in Orthopaedic Technology.
The examination is a criterion-referenced exam, meaning it is designed to assess what a particular candidate knows or can do and not how the candidate performs in a relation to an outside reference group. The exam is based on a role delineation study, or a very detailed job description of the profession of an Orthopaedic Technologist, which is used to determine the exam content. NBCOT reviews and revises the role delineation peropdically to determine its continued relevance to the practice of Orthopaedic Technology. NBCOT solicits questions for the examination item banks from Certified Orthopaedic Technologists, Orthopaedic Physicians, and other professionals who have expertise in the areas that are measured on the examination. The certification examination is reviewed and revised by the NBCOT annually.
NBCOT's testing agency Schroeder Measurement Technologies (SMT) provides technical support to NBCOT in the development and revision of the examination, item writing, scoring and analysis of the examination.