Internationally Educated Applicants

Internationally educated occupational therapists looking to register for practice anywhere in Canada (except Quebec) must apply to the Association of Canadian Occupational Therapy Regulatory Organizations (ACOTRO) and proceed through the Substantial Equivalency Assessment System (SEAS). This includes Canadian citizens educated abroad.

Once you have completed SEAS, follow these steps to register with the College:

  • Complete the New Applicant Registration Form
  • Complete a BC Criminal Record Check. Please note that effective December 17, 2021 all applicants must provide notarized identification as part of their application. Further details are provided in the BC Criminal Record Check Process.
  • Request that ACOTRO send your SEAS Certificate of Completion and SEAS Determination Report to COTBC

For complete steps on completing registration with COTBC, see the Registering to Practise in BC (IEOT) infographic (PDF).

Email the College at if you need further assistance.