Canadian Educated Applicants

To work as an occupational therapist in British Columbia you must register with the College of Occupational Therapists of BC (COTBC).

You may not begin working (or participating in orientation or training at the workplace) as an occupational therapist until you are registered with the College and have received written confirmation and a registration number.

To register with the College as a Canadian educated applicant, please see Application Guides & Forms.

Application Guides & Forms

Tip: Use the Registrant Application Checklist (found at the bottom of the New Registrant Application Form) to ensure your application is complete.

NEW! Effective December 17, 2021 all applicants must provide notarized identification as part of their application. Further details are provided in New Canadian Grads Registration Guide and the BC Criminal Record Check Process.

To facilitate timely processing, your application and all accompanying documentation must be mailed or emailed to the College. The application fee is required once your application is entered into our system. Once all requirements have been met, please expect four to seven days for your application to be processed.