For occupational therapists to practise in BC and use the reserved title “Occupational Therapist” or “OT” they must be registered with the College. Each year, occupational therapists must also renew their registration with the College.
When an individual first applies to be registered with the College, the Registration Committee checks to see that he or she meets the education and practice standards. If these are met, the registration can be processed, and once the new registrant pays the required fee he or she is registered to practise in BC and may use the title ‘Occupational Therapist’ or OT (common short form).
Registering with the College demonstrates that this individual respects the public’s right to safe, ethical and effective care, and recognizes the College’s role in supporting and monitoring practice.
There are several different paths to registration and renewal. Find the path that applies to you to learn more and get started.
Registration Renewal is Now Open
New Canadian educated occupational therapy graduate? Learn more about the College registration process and your path to employment.
Current COTBC Registrants
View how to renew your registration with the College, including important deadlines, steps, and fees.
Canadian Educated Applicants
Learn more about the COTBC application process for Canadian educated OTs, and access all application forms.
Internationally Educated Applicants
Learn how to apply for registration with the College if you’re an internationally educated occupational therapist.
OTs Registered in Another Province
Learn how to register with the BC College of Occupational Therapists if you’re an OT already registered in another province.
Returning to Practice
If you were formerly registered with the College in BC, learn how to start your registration reinstatement process.
Currency Hour Requirements
Currency refers to required practice hours, considered one indicator of an occupational therapist’s continued competence.
Application Guides & Forms
Access registration application forms and a checklist to ensure your application is complete.