Helped to get my hand moving. Instill personal confidence and courage.
Occupational Therapy is a self-regulated profession. Each and every Occupational Therapist, as a member of the College, is responsible for managing his or her own professional practice within the College’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. Additionally, each Occupational Therapist is responsible to the profession and the public, and has the duty to report any unprofessional conduct. Self-regulation is an honour and privilege that is taken very seriously.
To practice as an Occupational Therapist in Alberta, registration with ACOT is compulsory under the Health Professions Act. Registration with the College assures the public that the Occupational Therapist has successfully completed all requirements of registration as defined in the Occupational Therapists Profession Regulation of the HPA. For a current listing of registered Occupational Therapists, see the Occupational Therapist Register.
Regulated members renew their registration annually. The College registration year is from March 1 to February 28/29.
Practice permit renewal requirements
As a condition of registration renewal each year, Occupational Therapists report the number of hours they have been engaged in the practice of Occupational Therapy. Occupational Therapists are also required to complete their online Continuing Competence Program each year prior to renewal.
Change of information
The Health Professions Act, RSA 2000 cH-7 s33 (3-4) and the Occupational Therapists Profession Regulation (AR 217/2006) s35 requires that regulated members must provide personal and employment information upon application and immediately that there is a change to that information.
While changes in contact information (including employment details) can be made online at member login, a change of name requires completion of a Change of Information form and proof of change of name (marriage certificate, driver’s license, etc.). The completed form can be faxed or mailed to the College. Fax 780.434.0658 or mail Alberta College of Occupational Therapists, 300, 10436 – 81 Avenue, Edmonton, AB T6E 1X6.
In what way does your OT impact your life?
Helped to get my hand moving. Instill personal confidence and courage.
New applicants to the College include applicants who are recent Canadian graduates, internationally-educated Occupational Therapists (IEOT), Occupational Therapists transferring from another Canadian jurisdiction, and Occupational Therapists who wish to re-enter the profession after a period of absence.
Information for New graduates Information for Canadian applicants Information for Internationally-educated Occupational Therapists (IEOT)
As of May 1, 2015, Occupational Therapists who have completed their OT education outside of Canada - including Canadians who traveled outside Canada for their OT education - and who want to register for practice anywhere in Canada (except Quebec), must first apply to the Association of Canadian Occupational Therapy Regulatory Organizations (ACOTRO). You must complete a new assessment process called the Substantial Equivalency Assessment System. Once deemed Substantially Equivalent by ACOTRO, applicants may apply to the provincial regulator of their choice to continue the registration qualification process.
What is SEAS?
SEAS is a new assessment process to determine the extent to which an internationally-educated Occupational Therapist's (IEOT’s) educational qualifications and competencies are substantially equivalent to those of a Canadian-educated Occupational Therapist. SEAS is a multi-stage assessment approach that:
SEAS has four main components:
As part of SEAS, all internationally-educated Occupational Therapists will also be required to demonstrate a minimum level of language proficiency, based on a standard that all ACOTRO members have agreed upon. The cost of SEAS is $3,100 per applicant.
For more information about the new assessment process and its associated requirements and fees, please visit ACOTRO at www.acotro-acore.org. For more information on how to register in Quebec, please visit www.oeq.org.
Please note: Internationally-educated Occupational Therapists who have applied for registration with this college prior to May 1, 2015, and whose applications are currently being processed by the college, will have one year within which to complete their registration process under the current system. They will not be required to be assessed through SEAS. Any current applicants who do not complete their registration within the one-year period must apply to ACOTRO to complete the new assessment process.
Occupational Therapists who normally reside outside of Alberta and wish to teach or provide Occupational Therapy services temporarily in Alberta must register with the Alberta College of Occupational Therapists. Applicants must have an unrestricted practice permit with another licensing/registering organization and have a time limitation attached to their tenure in Alberta. Other applicants may be registered on the Courtesy Register at the discretion of the Registrar. Registration must be completed prior to the start of any temporary employment in Alberta.
Professional protected titles in Occupational Therapy are determined by the Occupational Therapists Profession Regulation of the Health Professions Act. A professional who possesses the academic credentials in Occupational Therapy and is registered with ACOT has the right to use the protected titles.
A regulated member on the General Register or Courtesy Register may use the following titles and initials:
A regulated member registered on the Provisional Register may use the title Provisional Occupational Therapist.
The College registration year is from March 1 to February 28.
|Type of Fee||When do I pay?||How much?||Other Information|
|Application||When you send in the application for new registration to either the General or Provisional Registers||$150.00||Required for all new applicants. A reinstatement application to the College, following de-registration, is considered a new application. Application fee payment must be paid separately from the Register permit fee payment.|
|New permit General Register and Provisional Register||On or after March 1||$550.00||Fees are prorated for new registrants dependent on when they will begin practice. Fees must be paid in full; no monthly fee payments are acceptable.|
|On or after June 1||$412.50|
|On or after September 1||$275.00|
|On or after December 1||$137.50|
|Renewal of Permit general Register and Provisional Register||On or before February 28||$550.00||Renewal application and payment must be submitted online by the date specified.|
|Courtesy Register permit||When you send in the application||$40.00 per 30 day period||Fees must be paid in full for the duration of the tenure in Alberta|
Method of payment
Payment may be made by cheque, money order, Visa or MasterCard. Cheques or money orders should be made payable to Alberta College of Occupational Therapists or ACOT. All payments are required in Canadian funds. $25 is charged for cheques not honoured due to insufficient funds.
General Register and Provisional Register permit holders who choose to cancel their registration during the registration year may be eligible for a partial fee refund. Pending acceptance of a written request, the maximum refund available is 50% of the permit fee. All other fees are non-refundable. To be eligible for a fee refund:
What is your greatest success story with a client?
My greatest success is setting up a client with switches to use a computer, communication device and power wheelchair all through the same location at the head.
Occupational Therapy demands interaction with people on a day-to-day basis, and you might face situations with the possibility of charges of wrongdoing. Your clients could hold you responsible for damages they have received, resulting from a negligent act, error, omission or malpractice arising out of your professional capacity as an Occupational Therapist. The Health Professions Act requires all registered Occupational Therapists to hold a minimum of five million dollars professional liability insurance. This protects a therapist’s personal assets against lawsuits and defense costs, and ensures clients who have suffered damages can be compensated. Employer-provided policies typically cover the employee solely for the professional services rendered for that employer. If you provide Occupational Therapy services outside of your primary place of employment (e.g. provide professional services on a voluntary basis, as a private practitioner, or for other employers), the employer's policy may not protect you. The College recommends all registered Occupational Therapists obtain their own professional liability insurance, independent of any employer coverage. Regulated members are required to ensure liability insurance protection on all professional activities meet the College requirements.
Sources for professional liability insurance
The College does not endorse one provider or carrier over another. Professional liability insurance may be purchased through:
Are you a registered member needing to complete your Continuing Competence Program?
The Occupational Therapists Profession Regulation AR 217/2006 s13 (1, 2) states:
What you need to know about Continuing Competence: