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Occupational Therapist

Occupational therapists enable clients to participate in the activities of everyday life. Their clients experience obstacles due to impairments of body structure, changes in function, mental or emotional challenges, or barriers in the social and physical environment.



Alberta College of Occupational Therapists (ACOT)
Suite 312
8925 – 51st Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta T6E 5J3

Call: 780-436-8381
Toll-free in Alberta: 1-800-561-5429
Fax: 780-434-0658



Under Alberta’s Health Professions Act [pdf], Health Professions Restricted Activity Regulation [pdf], and Occupational Therapists Profession Regulation [pdf], registration with the Alberta College of Occupational Therapists (ACOT) is mandatory. Only registered members may provide restricted activities specified in the Regulations. This includes those who:

  • Meet identified competency requirements and provide professional services directly to the public
  • Teach the practice of the profession to members or students of the profession
  • Supervise registered members
  • Are students who provide services to the public
  • Use the titles and initials: registered occupational therapist, occupational therapist, or OT

What You Need

To become a registered occupational therapist (O.T.) in Alberta, you need:

There are other registration categories for occupational therapists.

A provisional occupational therapist:

  • Has met all requirements for an OT except completion of the NOTCE
  • Must work under the supervision of an OT
  • Can use the title provisional occupational therapist

Applicants who have been out of practice for a period also may have to demonstrate that they are currently competent to practice.

For details about all registration requirements, contact ACOT or visit the ACOT website.

Working in Alberta

Occupational therapists registered by and in good standing with a regulatory body elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for registration in Alberta if their scope of practice and competencies are similar.

For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory in Canada? and the ACOT website.

Internationally educated occupational therapists must first complete the Substantial Equivalency Assessment System (SEAS) process of the Association of Canadian Occupational Therapy Regulatory Organizations (ACOTRO). After successful completion of SEAS, they can apply to ACOT.

For more information, visit the ACOTRO website.

The certification information in this profile may change at any time and without notice. Before making any career decisions, we advise you to contact the regulatory organization or visit their website for the most updated information.

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