National Blindness Professional Certification Board offering New Certification: NCUEB

he National Blindness Professional Certification Board (NBPCB) would like to announce a new certification being offered beginning January 2015: the National Certification in Unified English Braille (NCUEB). Although this certification is intended primarily for professionals in the blindness field, anyone is welcome to take the test, and there are no prerequisites other than knowledge of the UEB code.

Since the Braille Authority of North America (BANA), the governing authority of the braille code in the United States, has set January 4, 2016 as the official conversion date to Unified English Braille (UEB), the National Certification in Literary Braille (NCLB) will no longer be offered as of January 1, 2015. Obviously, there will still be a great deal of material in circulation for many years to come that has been transcribed in Literary Braille, and we recognize that many professionals may be interested in becoming certified in both UEB and Literary Braille, so we have scheduled a number of testing opportunities for the NCLB certification in 2014. All registration information is located at: http://www.nbpcb.org/pages/NCLBcertificationexaminationprocess.php

2014 Test Dates for National Certification in Literary Braille (NCLB)

May 17 Southern Arizona Association for the Visually Impaired, Tucson, AZ

May 31 Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired, Richmond, VA

June 11 Iowa Department for the Blind, Des Moines, IA

Sept. 13 San Francisco Lighthouse for the Blind, San Francisco, CA

Sept. 27 BLIND Inc., Minneapolis, MN

Oct. 10 Embassy Suites LAX South, Los Angeles, CA

Anyone holding NCLB certification at the end of 2014 will continue to maintain their status until the expiration date on their most recent certificate. If your agency or organization would be interested in scheduling an exam in your area, please contact us.

The NBPCB, along with many other organizations whose work involves all aspects of the learning, teaching, and production of braille, are committed to ensuring that the transition from Literary Braille to UEB will be a smooth one. To this end, many workshops will be held throughout the country to offer an opportunity for both professionals and consumers to become familiar with UEB. Please consult our website often for information regarding scheduled workshops sponsored by the NBPCB.

For questions regarding any aspects of NCUEB or becoming dually certified in both the Unified English Braille and Literary Braille, please contact us at braille@nbpcb.org.

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