The National Blindness Professional Certification Board (NBPCB) was created to certify qualified specialists in work with the blind. At present, the Certification Board offers two certifications - the National Orientation and Mobility Certification (NOMC), and the National Certification in Literary Braille (NCLB). NBPCB certifications are performance-based.
The National Orientation and Mobility Certification (NOMC) emphasizes nonvisual instruction, and Structured Discovery learning. The National Certification in Literary Braille (NCLB) stresses a high standard for Braille literacy and certifies thorough knowledge of the literary Braille code including proficiency in the use of a Braillewriter and slate and stylus. The NBPCB has also developed an approval process for orientation training centers who utilize Structured Discovery methodology and a consumer-focused approach. This website contains information about orientation centers across the country that are recognized by the NBPCB for upholding the highest standards in consumer-focused rehabilitation and training.