Renewal is Approaching – Time for a Currency Check

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.

To apply for consideration fill out the online form and/or contact the College for next steps at:  registration@cotbc.org

Developing One Set of competencies for OTs in Canada

CORECOM is a pan-Canadian initiative (across the academic, association and regulatory sectors) to develop one set of occupational therapy competencies for occupational therapists in Canada. This month we see the launch of a validation survey for input from all OTs in Canada. (The College sent registrants an email on March 8 with information on how to participate in the validation survey and contribute to the evolution of this new single set of competencies for occupational therapists in Canada.)

This new single set of competencies for the profession will ultimately replace the Essential Competencies of Practice for Occupational Therapists in Canada (3rd Edition) that we rely on for many of our regulatory functions. COTBC will develop an implementation plan to incorporate this new set of competencies across all college programs.

Other partners will be similarly addressing the impact of the new competencies on the activities of their respective organizations including the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) and the Association of Canadian Occupational Therapy University Programs (ACOTUP). The COTBC Registrar serves as one of the regulatory representatives on the CORECOM Steering Committee.

New Practice Standard for Infection Prevention and Control

The College recognizes that March 2021 signifies one year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. This past year has brought the principles of infection prevention and control to the forefront of providing safe, effective and ethical occupational therapy practice.

The new COTBC Practice Standard for Infection Prevention and Control was developed following the recommendation of the Patient Relations, Standards and Ethics Committee and in consultation with the Provincial Infection Control Network of British Columbia. While we acknowledge registrants are already immersed in this work, please take a moment to review the new standard to ensure you are meeting practice expectations.

February Update on Board Members

The College thanks Gayle Nye, a public member of the Board, for her valuable contributions. Mary O’Callaghan, and Ian Wanke, have been re-appointed as public members. Mary’s term ends on January 31, 2022 and Ian’s term ends on Jan 31, 2023.

Learn more about our members’ backgrounds on our Board page.

COTBC Board Election Results Announced

COTBC is pleased to announce that Carin Plischke, Debbie Ruggiero, and Jeff Boniface have been re-elected to the College Board. In their role, they serve alongside three members of the public appointed by the government as well as three other elected occupational therapists. Together, they will lead the College in overseeing the regulation of the profession and fulfilling its mandate to serve and protect the public.

Accountable regulation depends on the commitment of the professions’ registrants to take on the roles of governing the profession in the public interest. Many thanks to those that put their name forward to serve on the Board as well as those that nominated their colleagues for the important role.