What is Board Certification? Many professions evaluate individuals to ensure they meet the skill, experience, and ability requirements necessary to perform at the highest levels. Certifications are used in turn to help inform consumers in selecting professionals. A common board certification is in the medical profession. In seeking a doctor for heart surgery, a patient would want to ensure their cardiologist is board-certified. In the legal profession, board certification is less common but as important. The National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) is a nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of trial advocacy and aiding consumers in their selection of experienced legal representation. The NBTA’s goal is to inform and educate the public concerning legal representation by board-certified specialists.