With COVID-19, many people have faced interruptions to employment and may have experienced a decrease in hours worked. To renew, College Bylaws require registrants to meet one the following currency hour requirements:
- Successful completion of at least 600 hours within the scope of the profession in the preceding three years,
- Successful completion of a re-entry program within the preceding 18 months,
- Graduation from a recognized Canadian occupational therapy program or being deemed substantially equivalent, having obtained an academic qualification from a program or institution outside Canada, within the past 18 months.
Given registration renewal will be for the 2021/2022 period, the hours completed during the following years will be eligible towards meeting the 600 hours in the preceding three years currency hour requirement: 2018-2019, 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. Please review your currency to ensure you will be eligible for renewal in June.
The College website offers a currency calculator to help you tally your hours.
If you are short on currency, the Registration Committee will consider hours you spent in other activities that support your continuing competence and the delivery of safe, ethical, and effective care. These activities may include participation in volunteer work and continuing professional development (both formal and informal study) from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021.
Note these hours cannot exceed 25% of the 600 required hours (i.e., 150 hours), and cannot have been accumulated while your registration status was non-practising or cancelled, or while you were participating in a re-entry program.