NBCE Written Examinations
The written examinations are administered in March and September at test sites in the United States, Canada, England, France, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.
Examinations include Part I, Part II, Part III andPhysiotherapy.
Please click on the links at left to learn more about examination details, such as applicant eligibility, test plans, fees, etc.
For complete information about the NBCE written examinations, please refer to the most current NBCE Examination Information brochure.
Certificate of Attainment
Following successful completion of Part I, Part II, Part III, and Part IV, examinees receive a Certificate of Attainment free of charge from the NBCE. The NBCE issues a separate certificate upon successful completion of the Physiotherapy Examination.
Certificate recipients may, for an additional fee, order an engraved plaque. Order forms for this purpose are included with examinee grade letters. Examinees must observe order-form deadlines on this limited offer.
Examinees may send comments or suggestions in writing to the NBCE after testing is completed. Please be aware that final scores will not be altered or voided as a result of an investigation.
The term “DIPLOMATE” as used to describe a National Board of Chiropractic Examiners’ (NBCE) certificate holder is not a valid designation or term. This outdated term continues to be widely misused to describe individuals who successfully complete the National Board examinations and subsequently receive an NBCE Certificate of Attainment.
In 1982, the NBCE rescinded the “Diplomate” terminology to avoid any misunderstanding of the distinction as it applied to specialty health care councils. Only those individuals who received an NBCE Diplomate certificate issued upon successful completion of Parts I and II through the March 1983 administration may use the term “Diplomate” to describe a credential from the NBCE. Any other use of “Diplomate” in any manner, including advertising or promotional materials, whether intentional or unintentional, is misleading and confusing to the general public and is not permissible.
Today, examinees who successfully complete NBCE Parts I, II, III and IV are awarded an NBCE Certificate of Attainment. Because NBCE examinations are only one portion of the licensure requirements determined by individual states, mention of the NBCE name in promotional materials could be misleading if not fully explained to and fully understood by the public. States may view use of the term “NBCE Diplomate” as a misstatement of credentials and as a cause for action against licensure.
Even though the NBCE issues a certificate of attainment upon completion of Parts I, II, III and IV, use of the term "Board Certified by the NBCE" can be considered misleading as it may appear the doctor has a credential above another licensed doctor of chiropractic. In most states, successful completion of NBCE Parts I, II, III and IV is a prerequisite to licensure just as graduation from a chiropractic college is, but does not represent post graduate of added specialty status.
Therefore, please be advised that any inappropriate use of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners’ name may result in legal action being taken against the offending party.