Newfoundland & Labrador Occupational Therapy Board

Registration Categories & Basic Requirements

As proclaimed by the Newfoundland and Labrador Occupational Therapists Act (1988), all persons working in Newfoundland and Labrador as an Occupational Therapist MUST be registered with the Newfoundland and Labrador Occupational Therapy Board (NLOTB) BEFORE they commence employment. Failure to register is a violation of the Occupational Therapists Act and can result in disciplinary action and/or fines.

The practice of occupational therapy includes direct service, education, consultation, research and administration.

Registration with the Board qualifies occupational therapists to use the title “Occupational Therapist” or “O.T.”, and the designation “OT(R) NL”.

Registration indicates to the public that their occupational therapist has met entry-to-practice requirements, and meets the Board’s standards of practice and quality assurance requirements. In addition, it provides the public with a means of recourse, should they receive occupational therapy treatment they feel does not meet professional standards.

NLOTB has 2 Registration Categories:

  1. Full Registration
  2. Temporary Registration

Full Registration

Has met basic requirements of the profession and is able to practise in the profession in NL.

Applicants who meet all of the requirements for full registration, with the exception of successful completion of the National Occupational Therapy Certification Exam, may be granted registration on a provisional basis for up to one year provided they are registered to write the exam at the next available sitting. Provisional registrants are required to have a mentorship agreement with a fully licensed Occupational Therapist with NLOTB.

Temporary Registration (up to 4 months)

This category is intended for those therapists who are practicing in Newfoundland and Labrador for a short duration or when licensing is occuring in the final third of the licensing year (Nov 1-Feb 28/29) .

To register, choose one of the following options:

New Applicant: Canadian Educated
New Applicant: Educated Outside of Canada
Currently Registered in Another Canadian Jurisdiction
Reinstatement (Previous Licensed with NLOTB)
Current Member: Renewal

Virtual Care Registration

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