Braille Formats

Our Braille Formats Committee is working diligently on readying the newest version of the Braille Formats Exam.

In March 2018, we released the newest Braille Formats Study Guide in both print and ebook editions. Both editions are available in our online store for $50.00. For more information and to purchase, visit the product link here.


The National Braille Association is the only organization to offer a certification identifying a transcriber’s proficiency in applying the Principles of Print to Braille Transcription, 2011 formats code published by the Braille Authority of North America (BANA).

To become a certified Formats transcriber, individuals have eight weeks to complete an exam transcribing a unique minibook provided by our office. The cost to take the exam is $175.00. In addition to the codebook itself that is available from the BANA website, we have written and published the 2012 Braille Formats Study Guide to help you familiarize yourself with the code and its application prior to taking the exam.

For those who are incarcerated and wish to become certified, we have developed a process to ensure that you will have access to the same opportunities as anyone else taking the exam, but a couple additional steps are required. Please contact our office directly for more information.

View a list of Transcribers Certified in 2011 Code

View a list of Transcribers Certified in 1997 Code