BRAILLE FORMATS

The National Braille Association (NBA) is the only organization to offer a certification identifying a transcriber’s proficiency in applying the Principles of Print to Braille Transcription, 2016, as published by the Braille Authority of North America (BANA).

BRAILLE FORMATS CERTIFICATION

The Braille Formats Certification Exam is a test of a transcriber’s ability to properly apply the code to transcription projects.

To qualify for certification in Braille Formats, transcribers must first be certified by the National Library Service (NLS) in Literary Braille Transcription or by the CNIB Foundation. Information on the NLS certification can be found here, and information on the CNIB certification can be found here.

 

Having the most current certification in a specific area can be attractive to a potential employer. Some employers may even require that you obtain the most current certification. But it is NBA’s belief that someone who has obtained a certification in Braille Formats 2011 and a Letter of Proficiency in Unified English Braille has adequately demonstrated their ability to accurately transcribe textbooks into braille according to the latest codes and standards.

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ABOUT THE EXAM

The Braille Formats certification exam is completed by mailing the test materials. Those seeking to become certified will complete an application form, and submit the form with payment. The exam taker (or proctor) will then receive a version of NBA's own mini-textbook through the mail.

Individuals have eight weeks to complete transcription of this sample textbook and return all materials. Upon receipt, a grade accompanied by an error report will be returned to the exam taker within one month.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION

Quick Facts

  • The cost of the exam is $175.00
  • Individuals have eight weeks to return the completed exam back to NBA from the date they were originally shipped
  • Submitted materials must be in simbraille with numbered lines, in portrait oriented printing
  • The exam is open book so you may reference codes or study materials, but consulting with other individuals is prohibited

Grades of 80 or higher will be awarded certification. Grades below 80 will be documented as a failed attempt at certification. Any exam taker receiving a failing grade on their first attempt make retake the exam right away. The process for a second attempt at certification is identical to the initial application process.

Individuals who successfully certify are given an electronic certificate and are listed on our website as evidence of their proficiency in the current code.

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 to certify. Because of the sensitive nature of exam taking, some additional steps are required for those residing within an institutional setting. If you are incarcerated, or seeking information on behalf of someone who is incarcerated, please contact our office directly for more information.

RESOURCES

In addition to the codebook itself that is available from the BANA website, we have written and published the 2018 Braille Formats Study Guide to help you familiarize yourself with the code and its application prior to taking the exam. Purchase of the study guide is not required for certification, but many exam takers find it helpful in learning the code and applying its concepts.

In addition to these materials, NBA has published a number of publications to help learn the intricacies of the Braille Formats code. These publications are available in our website store.

Each month, NBA conducts a free, 15-minute webinar focusing on one aspect of the Braille Formats code. Attendance at our Formats Friday webinars are free and open to all. Recordings from Formats Friday webinars, as well as each of our webinars, is accessible to current NBA members.

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NEWS AND UPDATES

[March 2018]

We have 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.

[August 2018]

The newest exam has been finalized and is currently in beta mode! We expect that the exam will be available to the public sometime in early fall.

[November 2018]

The exam to certify under Braille Formats 2016 is available! Click here to read the announcement.

CERTIFIED TEXTBOOK TRANSCRIBERS

Principles of Print to Braille Transcription, 2016

The following people have received certification in Braille Formats through the National Braille Association based on the Braille Formats: Principles of Print to Braille Transcription, 2016.

Delaware
Robert Warrington

Georgia
Warren Hall
Spencer Martin
Charles Mize

Indiana
Robert Eutz
Oscar Foster III
Debra Krise
Gordon Northrup

Kentucky
Rebekah Freedman
Emily Grimany
Kimberly King
Sirena Peters

Michigan
George Luis DeJesus

Minnesota
Penny Carpenter
Cindi Laurent
Anna Werner

Ohio
Mitchell Geiogue
Michael Gunner
William Kellam, Jr.
William Luther

Texas
LaVerne Blaasee
Angela Brewer
Deborah Ting

Wisconsin
Claire Egan

Wyoming
Larry Allan

Principles of Print to Braille Transcription, 2011

The following people have received certification in Braille Formats through the National Braille Association based on the Braille Formats: Principles of Print to Braille Transcription, 2011.

ARIZONA
David Borg

CALIFORNIA
Patty Biasca
Alfredo Cruz
Terry Harris
Janis Hynd
Ann Kelt
Timothy Malone
Eric Nathaniel Marum
Katrina Ostby
Devin Otte
Kent Ray
Rolando Rodriguez
Robert Roldan
Lyale Shellman
Mark Taylor
Deborah Ting
Joanna Venneri
Kathleen Walker
Joyce Walling

COLORADO
Joan Bush
Wayne Thurman

FLORIDA
Lynnette Taylor

GEORGIA
Joseph Randy Davis
David Greiner
Charles Mize

IDAHO
Susan Baker
Eric Gallion

ILLINOIS
Michael Keary

INDIANA
Betsy Scott

IOWA
Jerry Lee Cole Jr.
John Romeo

KENTUCKY
Crystal Barlow
Jan Carroll
Mary Cook
Alicia Dam Ron
Kyle DeJute
William Freeman
Dena Garrett
Brenda Humphrey
Ella Renee Inman
Shara Lucio
Vicki-Lou Monroe
John Rippy
Lynn Sluder
Joy Watkins
Jason Wilson
Rose Zinious

MARYLAND
Deborah Brown
Kathy Haskins
Laurie Moynihan

MASSACHUSETTS
Sandy Smith
Rae Tyler

MICHIGAN
David Abdalla
Keil Mitchell
Tomas Kowalak
George Maki

MINNESOTA
Kathryn Grafsgaard
Cindi Laurent
Dorothy Worthington

NEBRASKA
James Darrell Russell
Wolfgang Rust
Mark Schnabel
Mark Wagner

NEVADA
David Rodius

NORTH CAROLINA
Cynthia Belue
Curtis Fields
James Locklear
Allen Mayes
Malcolm Pfeiffer-El

NORTH DAKOTA
Mary Denault

OHIO
Robert Clapper
Michael Gunner

SOUTH CAROLINA
Mary Bey
Tiffany Elmore
Denise Edgar Hagan
Hollie Knight
Kim Martin
Connie Murray Dumas
Rebecca Oswalt

SOUTH DAKOTA
Travis Davis
Toby Ferguson
Justin Goens
Todd Schmahl

TEXAS
Angela King Burley
Christine Dodson
Katy Dumdie
Angela Foshee
Evelyn Gaither
Carmen Gilchrist
Whitney Gregory
Cindy Harris
Clara Harris
Celeste Johnson
Melissa Klepper
Cynthia Mahaffey
Lucretia Manuel
Susan Moravec
Connie Stone
Carla Williams

VIRGINIA
Susan Harwood
Tracy Reeves

WASHINGTON
Theresa Beem
Gail Brashear
Connie Conley
Felicia Dixon
Kim Engel
Shonda Foster
Terri Fox
Robin Johnson
Teri Johnson
Pamela Lorenz
Nichole McCaslin
Ginger Pratt
Jennifer Rice
Rebecca Sherwood
Heather Van Hooser
Yvonne Wood

WISCONSIN
Susan Christensen
Julie Sumwalt
Lindy Walton

ONTARIO, CANADA
Rose Marie Durocher
Debbie Gillespie

Principles of Print to Braille Transcription, 1997

The following people have received certification in Braille Formats through the National Braille Association based on the Braille Formats: Principles of Print to Braille Transcription, 1997.

ARIZONA
David Borg
Beth Ann Harris
Twyla Painter

CALIFORNIA
Patty Biasca
Leo Cisco
Jon Crawley
Jeffrey Creagan
Alfredo Cruz
Terry Harris
Ann Kelt
Roman Martinez
Katrina Ostby
Jose Perez
Roger Quilalang
Dint F. Ray
Robert Roldan
Lyale Shellman
Sean Six
David A. Smith
Kathleen Talley
Arnoldo Trevino
Joanna Venneri
Kathleen Walker
Joyce Ann Walling

COLORADO
Joan Bush
Frederick J. VanAckeren

DELAWARE
Glenn MacDonald

FLORIDA
Florence Mathieson
Lynnette Taylor

GEORGIA
Angela Brewer
Randy Davis
David Shawn Greiner
Bobby J. Hertz
Kathy Williams Thompson

IDAHO
Timothy LaBelle
Eric Tracy

INDIANA
Velda Miller
Frances Scott
Rosemarie Zinious

IOWA
Jerry Lee Cole Jr.
John M. Romeo, Jr.

KENTUCKY
Mary Cissell
Wilma Druin
Dena Garrett
Hacker, Debbie
Jayma Hawkins
Shara Lucio
DeAnna Morrison
Terry Rogers

MARYLAND
Debra A. Adle
Kathy Haskins
Laurie D. Moynihan
Teresa M. Nocar

MICHIGAN
David Abdalla
William Freeman
Rosh Hashana Holmes
Mitchell Keil
Tomas L. Kowalak
George Maki
James Mitchell

MINNESOTA
Kathryn Grafsgaard
Cindi Laurent
Dorothy Worthington

NEBRASKA
Jeffery David Rasmussen
Mark A. Schnabel
Niccole Wetherell

NEW YORK
Karen Chauvin

NORTH DAKOTA
Mary Denault

OHIO
Robert Clapper

OREGON
Stefanie Buzek
Michael Gunner
Dave C. Ruble

PENNSYLVANIA
Joanne Jaindl
Jean Simpson
Carol Sue Stockdale

SOUTH CAROLINA
Donna Bailey
Cynthia D. Belue
Samantha Brooks
Chase Burnett
Melissa Burris
Myra Christenbury
Denise E. Hagan
Anita McCraw
Parenthia McDonald
Rebecca Viggiano

SOUTH DAKOTA
Matthew Cobb
Mary Czepyha
Toby Ferguson
Jordan Wixon

TENNESSEE
Dawn Bedard

TEXAS
Deborah Armstrong
Kathryn Biegler
Angela Burley
Cheryl Davis
Christine Dodson
Katy Dumdie
Evelyn Gaither
Angela Garrett
Don Gerber
Carmen Gilchrist
Whitney Gregory
Sailaja Hathaway
Sandra Hutto
Celeste Johnson
Melissa Klepper
Cynthia Mahaffey
Lucretia R. Manuel
Misty Martin
Patricia Miller
Susan Moravec
Connie Stone
Keisha Walker
Tracey Whitmire
Carla Williams

VIRGINIA
Susan Harwood

WASHINGTON
Kim Engel
Robin Johnson

WISCONSIN
Jeremey Becker
Mary Ann Damm
Jason Faber
David Feist
Joel Furst
Dennis Helwig
Jeffrey Hunter
Constance Risjord
Satyaki Saikia
Julie Sumwalt

ONTARIO, CANADA
Rose Durocher