National Occupational Therapy Certification Examination (NOTCE)
As of May 1st, 2015, a new process for internationally trained occupational therapists (IEOT) will be implemented by the Association of Canadian Occupational Therapy Regulatory Organizations (ACOTRO), click here for details!
The purpose of the National Occupational Therapy Certification Examination (NOTCE) is to protect public interest by assessing the written application of academic knowledge and professional behaviour of individuals entering the occupational therapy profession in Canada. Successful completion of the National Occupational Therapy Certification Examination allows candidates to meet:
a) a criterion of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists membership and/or;(membership details: http://www.caot.ca/membership)
b) a registration requirement for regulatory organization(s).
Occupational therapists are regulated health professionals in all Canadian provinces. Each province has a provincial regulatory organization responsible for regulating the practice of occupational therapy. When you apply to become registered to work as an occupational therapist in a specific province, it is important to note that each provincial regulatory organization has its own set of regulatory requirements.Please contact the provincial regulatory organization for the province in which you wish to work to obtain its specific requirements.
There is no reciprocity amongst countries with regard to certification exams i.e. a successful outcome of the NOTCE will not allow you to practice in the US or elsewhere without meeting their requirements, including their certification exam. Click here for eligibility requirements.