Regulating competent and ethical occupational therapy services has been and will always be ACOT’s primary focus.
Each and every occupational therapist, as a member of the College and is responsible for managing their own professional practice within the College’s Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics and the Competencies for Occupational Therapists in Canada.
The Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics are undergoing a refresh in 2022, see below for details.
In order to practice occupational therapy in Alberta, all occupational therapists must meet all of the registration requirements including maintaining the required number of practice hours and completion of continuous learning activities.
Occupational therapists are expected to continually improve their skills. Advancing their knowledge and skills is essential to meet the demands of changing practice environments and diverse client needs. The Continuing Competence Program (CCP) uses a reflective practice approach where OTs assess and reflect on how their practice adheres to the College’s Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics and the core competencies. Each year they set goals and select learning activities to achieve those goals. Throughout the year, they reflect on and record how the learning activities undertaken have enhanced or evolved their practice.
Registrants must complete all components of the CCP prior to renewing their practice permit each year. See the Meeting CCP Requirements page for more details on what is included in the ACOT CCP.
Standards of Practice (SoP) and Code of Ethics (CoE) Refresh 2022
Refresh Consultation Sessions concluded in April 2022. For an overview of the project and the work the Working Groups and Steering Committee will be undertaking over the next several months – you can view either the recording or slide deck of the introductory presentation.
SoP/CoE Refresh Background Documents