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Pennsylvania State Board of Occupational Therapy Education and Licensure Requirements

Beginning with the July 1, 2013—June 30, 2015, biennium, an occupational therapist shall complete a minimum of 24 contact hours in each biennial period in acceptable continued competency activities listed in §42.55 (relating to acceptable continued competency activities) as a condition of licensure renewal. Excerpts from §42.55 are listed below. For complete details on acceptable continuing competency activity descriptions, visit the Pennsylvania State Board of Occupational Therapy Education and Licensure website.

Irrespective of the provider, contact hours will only be awarded for continued competency activities that are relevant to the practice of occupational therapy including direct care, management, education and research. Contact hours will not be awarded for activities related to marketing, office management, financial gain or self-promotion.

The following activities are acceptable:

  1. Educational courses.
  • For continuing education courses, contact hours equal the number of instructional hours.
  • For academic courses, one credit equals 15 contact hours.

Acceptable documentation of educational courses consists of an official transcript or certificate of completion indicating the name and date of the course and a description of the course from the school catalog or brochure.

  1. Mentorship.
  2. Fieldwork supervision.
  3. Professional writing.
  4. Editing.
  5. Presentation and instruction.
  6. Unpaid service.

License must be renewed June 30th of every odd numbered year.

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2015, all persons applying for issuance of an initial license shall be required to complete 3 hours of DPW-approved training in child abuse recognition and reporting requirements as a condition of licensure.
Additionally, EFFECTIVE WITH THE FIRST LICENSE RENEWAL AFTER JANUARY 1, 2015, all health-related licensees and funeral directors applying for the renewal of a license issued by the Board shall be required to complete at least 2 hours of Board-approved continuing education in child abuse recognition and reporting requirements as a condition of renewal.

For more information visit the Pennsylvania State Board of Occupational Therapy Education and Licensure