Roles and Responsibilities

ACOT, the Alberta College of Occupational Therapists is the licensing/regulatory body for occupational therapists in Alberta. The primary role of a regulatory body is to protect and serve the public interest. ACOT accomplishes this role through a variety of ways listed below:

  • Setting registration requirements; issuing practice permits
  • Informing the public about such topics as qualifications for “entry into practice”, registration requirements, etc.
  • Monitoring adherence to ACOT Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics
  • Establishing programs and guidelines that promote competent and ethical OT practice (e.g., Continuing Competency Program, practice guidelines)
  • Responding to concerns raised about registrants’ practice
  • Contributing to national OT core competency and standards’ documents
  • Publishing inter-provincial documents/agreements as appropriate (e.g., agreement on internal trade, memorandums of understanding)
  • Assisting OTs in interpreting applicable public protection legislation, public health orders, regulatory and professional legislation, standards of practice and code of ethics
  • Liaising with key partners (e.g. Annual Report provided to the Minister of Health)

Roles and Responsibilities for ACOT, SAOT and CAOT