Continuing education means planned, organized learning activities designed to maintain, improve, or expand a licensee’s knowledge and skills in order for the licensee to develop new knowledge and skills relevant to the enhancement of practice, education, or theory development to improve the safety and welfare of the public.
Continuing Education Requirements for Renewal/Reinstatement
- Each Occupational Therapist must complete 20 hours of continuing education within the 24 month renewal period, beginning August 1 each even-numbered year through August 1 the following even-numbered year.
- Each Occupational Therapy Assistant must complete 15 hours of continuing education within the 24 month renewal period, beginning August 1 each even-numbered year through August 1 the following even-numbered year.
Acceptable Continuing Education
Content of the continuing education activity must relate to Occupational Therapy whether the subject is research, treatment, documentation, education, management, or some other content area.
The Board of Occupational Therapy Practice does not pre-approve continuing education course offerings, but will accept a continuing education activity, when:
- It constitutes a formally organized and planned program of learning which directly contributes to the professional competency of the licensee;
- The objectives of the continuing education activity relate to the practice of Occupational Therapy;
- It has a date, location, course title, number of contact hours, signed certificate of attendance and is open to all licensees; and
- The instructor has specialized experience or training to meet the objectives of the course.
Non-acceptable continuing education
Continuing education credit will not be awarded for programs where the content does not relate to Occupational Therapy whether the subject is research, treatment, documentation, education, management, or some other content area, including but not limited to:
- Medical terminology courses;
- Occupational Therapy on-the-job training;
- Occupational Therapy orientation programs, including orientation to new policies, procedures, equipment, forms, responsibilities, services, etc.; and
- CPR or other related training.