Frequently Asked Questions

Please review the following questions and answers. If you don’t find the answer please email us and we will be happy to help you.

1. I am taking a leave of absence from work (e.g. maternity leave, sick leave) and will not be working past June 30, 2017, what should I do?

2. I am working for only a couple of weeks in July as an occupational therapist in BC (e.g. moving out of province, maternity leave). What should I do?

3. I will only be working as an occupational therapist in BC for a few months in the next registration year, can I receive a refund for the remaining months?

4. I am working only part-time, is there a part-time registration fee?

5. What is my User ID?

6. What is my Password?

7. I am renewing my registration in the Full Practicing category, do I need to send a copy of my Professional Liability Insurance receipt to the College?

8. I am changing my status to Non-practicing or cancelling my registration, do I need to maintain Professional Liability Insurance and complete the Annual Continuing Competence Review (ACCR)?

9. I thought I was cancelling my registration as of June 30 but now plan to continue using title and working as an occupational therapist. Do I need to complete the Annual Competence Review (ACCR)?

1. I am taking a leave of absence from work (e.g. maternity leave, sick leave) and will not be working past June 30, 2017, what should I do?

If you will not be working or using title as an occupational therapist after June 30, 2017 then you have the following options:

a. Renew in the Full Practicing category. This allows you to return to practice at any time throughout the 2017-2018 registration year. You are still required to meet the currency hours of 600 hours in the past three years or 1,000 hours in the past five years.

b. Renew in the Non-Practicing category for the 2017-2018 year. You will remain on the mailing list of the College and continue to receive all College mailings.

c. Cancel your registration. You would then be a former registrant in good standing with the College.

If in the future you wish to resume practice or use title as an occupational therapist in BC you must apply to have your registration reinstated. You would need to contact the College and request that Registration Reinstatement information and forms be sent to you. The Registration Committee approves applications for reinstatement.

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2. I am working for only a couple of weeks in July as an occupational therapist in BC (e.g. moving out of province, maternity leave). What should I do?

Your registration with COTBC will expire on June 30, 2017. Your registration is cancelled for non-payment of dues after July 31, 2017.

Individuals remain on the College register during the month of July until the College is notified by you to cancel your registration. If you do not pay the annual fee on or before July 31st your registration is cancelled. If you continue to practice as an occupational therapist in BC after July 1st (and do not renew for the 2017-2018 year) you would be practicing without registration.

It is important to note that if you seek registration with another provincial occupational therapy regulatory body, COTBC would provide information indicating your registration expired as of June 30, 2017 because you did not renew your registration for the 2017-2018 year.

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3. I will only be working as an occupational therapist in BC for a few months in the next registration year, can I receive a refund for the remaining months?

No, we do not pro-rate the annual registration fees.

4. I am working only part-time, is there a part-time registration fee?

No, the fee is the same whether you are working full- or part-time.

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5. What is my User ID?

It is your registration number.

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6. What is my Password?

Your password remains unchanged from last year. If you cannot remember it please click on Forgot Your Password and enter the information and a password will be emailed to you.

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7. I am renewing my registration in the Full Practicing category, do I need to send a copy of my Professional Liability Insurance receipt to the College?

No. On your registration form you declare that you have valid professional liability insurance that covers you up to $1 million per occurrence.

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8. I am changing my status to Non-practicing or cancelling my registration, do I need to maintain Professional Liability Insurance and complete the Annual Continuing Competence Review (ACCR)?

No, but it is highly recommended to maintain professional liability insurance. Professional liability insurance policies are “claims made” policies so you need to hold insurance at the time a claim is made. It is important to maintain coverage while on leave or while retired to protect yourself in the event that a complaint is made to the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia or lawsuits are brought forth over situations that may have occurred in the past, when you were practicing.

If you are currently non-practising, moving to non-practising or cancelling your registration, as of July 1, 2017, you do not need to complete the ACCR but you are welcome to do so. If you don’t plan to do the ACCR, email qaprogram@cotbc.org, with your intended registration status as of July 1, 2017, and your name will be removed from the reminder list.

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9. I thought I was cancelling my registration as of June 30 but now plan to continue using title and working as an occupational therapist. Do I need to complete the Annual Continuing Competence Review (ACCR)?

Yes. Completing the ACCR is the continuing competence requirement for renewing your registration by June 30. Until your ACCR is done and submitted, your registration cannot be finalized.

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