Annual Renewal Period 2024-2025
Occupational therapists must renew their registration with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC) every year. The registration year begins on July 1 and expires on June 30.
The Province of British Columbia has passed new legislation to modernize the provincial framework for health profession regulation. The College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC) is amalgamating with six other regulatory colleges effective June 28, 2024. For more information on Amalgamation, please see Amalgamation 2024.
Given that the timing of the upcoming Amalgamation would coincide with ACCR and registration Renewal, COTBC has made the decision to do things differently this year. This year, ACCR 2024 and registration renewal will be two separate processes.
Below are the dates that you need to know for ACCR 2024 and Registration Renewal for the 2024/2025 year:
Please see Quality Practice for more information on the ACCR.
As in past years, registrants will receive renewal information through email correspondence by mid-May. This year, renewals can be completed online from May 13 to June 30. To renew after June 30 requires reinstating your registration. A late penalty fee is applied to renewal registrations received after June 30.
COTBC Bylaws require occupational therapists to provide evidence that they 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. Use our currency calculator to see if you have sufficient hours.
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.
Thank You for Registering!
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 information) is up-to-date on the College register so you receive these notices.