NBRC Policy Adjustments for COVID-19

During these unprecedented times, the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) has adjusted certain policies and procedures to ensure our respiratory therapists currently fighting the front lines of this global pandemic can continue their essential work. As the situation remains fluid, these adjustments are subject to change. Watch your email, nbrc.org, and our social media channels for updates as they become available. 

Credential Verification 

Required by most state licensure agencies and employers, this document is often necessary to begin working. Effective immediately, the fee to obtain this document has been waived at least through June 30, 2020, so any practitioner may immediately gain access to a credential verification for the licensing and/or employment process. 

Log in now for credential verification. 

Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) 


All credentials expiring this year beginning March 31, 2020, will be automatically updated to reflect a new expiration date of December 31, 2020. You do not need to contact us to take advantage of this exception; we have adjusted our records to reflect this.

Examination Candidates 

With the safety of candidates and staff in mind, our testing agency, PSI, has closed all testing facilities through April 30, 2020 (subject to change). Candidates who have paid for an examination, whether an examination appointment has been scheduled or not, will be eligible for testing through December 31, 2020. This will allow PSI adequate time to reschedule candidates who are unable to take examinations currently. Candidates applying for examinations through September 30, 2020, will also be eligible for testing through December 31, 2020. 

Additionally, candidates subject to the Three Year RRT Time Limit will not be restricted by this policy through December 31, 2020.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization continue to provide valuable resources and guidance for healthcare workers. 

The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) has created a dedicated space for respiratory therapists to share resources and dialogue about challenges and solutions during this outbreak. We encourage you to join the discussion here. 

This health crisis has reinforced how your knowledge, training, and expertise as a credentialed respiratory therapist remains indispensable to our healthcare system. You are truly the unsung heroes leading the way during this extraordinary time