Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists


Welcome Occupational Therapy Support Personnel!

CAOT is pleased to provide you with the Practice Profile for Support Personnel in Occupational Therapy (2009).

This Support Personnel Profile is complementary to and builds upon the revised and updated Profile of Occupational Therapy Practice in Canada (2007).

The Support Personnel Profile will be of great use to:

  • Occupational therapy support personnel for career planning;
  • Occupational therapists for appropriate assignment of occupational therapy service components;
  • Managers and supervisors for performance appraisals;
  • Employers and managers for workforce planning;
  • Employers for assessing qualification requirements for particular practice settings;
  • Education programs for providing a qualifications recognition process for support personnel;
  • Education programs for providing quality education for occupational therapy support personnel;and
  • CAOT for accreditation of occupational therapy support personnel education programs in Canada.

Development of a practice Profile for Occupational Therapy Support Personnel in Canada

Background Paper (2007)

Support Personnel Practice Profile: Conceptual Design and Design Elements  (2007)

Support personnel may join CAOT as an Support Worker Associate. Visit our membership section to the benefits you would receive as a CAOT member.

Resources for Support Personnel

Canadian OTA PTA Educator’s Council (COPEC) Terms of Reference and COPEC Contacts


2005 CAOT Conference Poster presentation on The Occupational Therapy Assistant: Facts on Formal Education in Canada

OT Works: Canada’s Occupational Therapy Resource Site

Project Summary Report - Profile of Performance Expectations for Canadian Support Personnel in Occupational Therapy (2003)

The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists is a partner organization in the development and administration of the Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Education Accreditation Program. More information concerning this program can be found at this website.

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