Registration Requirements for Internationally Educated Occupational Therapists

To practise as a regulated health professional in Ontario, you must be a member of your profession’s regulatory college and hold a certificate of registration. Regulated health professionals are required by law to deliver competent, ethical and professional services, and are accountable to the public through their respective colleges.

The College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO) is the regulatory body for occupational therapy practice in Ontario. The College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario is a self-governing body that protects the public interest and improves their health and well-being by registering, regulating, and supporting the ongoing competency of occupational therapists.

Ontario Registration Requirements

To practise occupational therapy in Ontario, internationally educated occupational therapists must hold a Certificate of Registration and meet the requirements set out by the College. To become eligible for the Certificate of Registration, internationally educated occupational therapists must meet the following registration requirements:

  1. Be legally entitled to work in Canada.
  2. Proof of graduation from an occupational therapy program from a school, college or university approved by the College.
  3. An academic assessment report by World Education Services (WES).
  4. Meet the current practice hours required by the College.
  5. Confirmation that you have passed the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) National Occupational Therapy Certification Examination (if applying for a general certificate).
  6. Evidence of language fluency, either in English or French.
  7. Meet the good conduct requirement of the College.
  8. Verification of registration in other jurisdictions.
  9. Have College-approved professional liability insurance, which includes a sexual abuse therapy and counselling fund endorsement.

To learn more about the registration requirements, please visit the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario website.


How the Access Centre Can Help

Visit Services for Internationally Educated Health Professionals for information about Access Centre services and how to participate.