Occupational therapists must renew their registration with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC) every year. Registration begins on July 1 and expires on June 30 each year.
Registrants will receive renewal information through email correspondence by mid-May of each year. Renewals can be completed online from June 1 to June 30. To renew after June 30th requires reinstating your registration. Please contact the College for assistance. A late penalty fee is applied to renewal registrations received after June 30th.
Changes to the currency hour requirement now require occupational therapists to have worked 600 hours within the scope of practice of the profession in the 3 years immediately preceding the date of registration renewal or their application for reinstatement. The option of 1000 hours in the past 5 years is no longer adequate. Use our currency calculator to see if you have sufficient hours.
Online Receipts AVAILABLE HERE
No more scrambling around to find the receipt for your income tax. Once you’ve renewed, paid your fees and met all requirements for renewal, you’ll be able to login and download your registration card and official tax receipt. Previous years receipts will also be available.
As a registered occupational therapist, the general public is re-assured that you hold the qualifications to provide safe, ethical and effective care. While registration is a requirement to practise occupational therapy in BC, registration also ensures you will get timely updates from COTBC regarding new regulatory resources and legislative changes affecting practice. Make sure your contact information (including employer info) is up-to-date on the College register so you receive these notices.