The Alberta College of Occupational Therapists (ACOT) must establish, maintain, and enforce standards for registration, continuing competence, and standards of practice for occupational therapy in Alberta. Regulating competent and ethical occupational therapy services has been and will always be ACOT’s primary focus, to protect the public.
Each and every occupational therapist, as a member of the College 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.
In order to practice occupational therapy in Alberta, occupational therapists must meet all of the registration requirements including maintaining the required number of practice hours and complete all the components of the Continuing Competence Program (CCP) within a specified time.
Occupational therapists are expected to practice within their level of competence and actively participate in reflective practice and ongoing learning to maintain their competence and enhance the provision of professional services. Advancing their knowledge and skills is essential to meet the demands of changing practice environments and diverse client needs. The public can expect that the occupational therapy services they receive are provided by an occupational therapist who is competent to practice safely and effectively.