Registration Categories & Basic Requirements
As proclaimed by the Newfoundland and Labrador Occupational Therapists Act (1988), all persons working in Newfoundland and Labrador as an Occupational Therapist MUST be registered with the Newfoundland and Labrador Occupational Therapy Board (NLOTB) BEFORE they commence employment. Failure to register is a violation of the Occupational Therapists Act and can result in disciplinary action and/or fines.
The practice of occupational therapy includes direct service, education, consultation, research and administration.
Registration with the Board qualifies occupational therapists to use the title “Occupational Therapist” or “O.T.”, and the designation “OT(R) NL”.
Registration indicates to the public that their occupational therapist has met entry-to-practice requirements, and meets the Board’s standards of practice and quality assurance requirements. In addition, it provides the public with a means of recourse, should they receive occupational therapy treatment they feel does not meet professional standards.
NLOTB has 2 Registration Categories:
- Full Registration
- Temporary Registration
Has met basic requirements of the profession and is able to practise in the profession in NL.
Applicants who meet all of the requirements for full registration, with the exception of successful completion of the National Occupational Therapy Certification Exam, may be granted registration on a provisional basis for up to one year provided they are registered to write the exam at the next available sitting. Provisional registrants are required to have a mentorship agreement with a fully licensed Occupational Therapist with NLOTB.
Temporary Registration (3 months)
This category is intended for those therapists who are registered in another Canadian jurisdiction, but enter the province of NL to practice temporarily. To register in this category, applicants must have: a valid certificate of registration from another jurisdiction, have an offer of employment that does not exceed three months within a twelve-month period and have professional liability insurance to cover the term of employment in NL.
To register, choose one of the following options: