Internationally Educated Occupational Therapists (IEOT)
International applicants are Occupational Therapists applying to SSOT with academic credentials from outside of Canada. International applicants must have successfully completed an entry-level university degree (Baccalaureate or Professional Master's) in occupational therapy that is recognized by SSOT Council or equivalent education.
In order to practice as an Occupational Therapist in Saskatchewan, registration with SSOT is compulsory under the Occupational Therapist’s Act, 1997. Registration with SSOT assures the public that the Occupational Therapist has successfully completed all requirements of registration as defined in the legislation. It is advisable to begin your registration application early, as you must be registered and hold the applicable practice permit before commencing employment (including workplace orientation).
Among other requirements, to be eligible to practice in Saskatchewan you must have worked as a licenced occupational therapist in a regulated province or country for 1000 hours in the last five years, 600 hours in the last three years or have graduated from an approved occupational therapy education program within the last 18 months. If you do not meet this requirement go to the website page for Occupational Therapists returning to practice.
How many times can I attempt the CAOT exam? - Please refer to CAOT’s policy on number of attempts allowed to successfully complete the National Occupational Therapy Certification Examination (NOTCE).
If the applicant has not successfully completed the National Occupational Therapy Certification Examination (NOTCE) the applicant may be eligible for a Restricted Licence while they wait to write the examination. Please review the SSOT Restricted Licence Manual below for more details.
Resticted Licence Manual
Starting May 1, 2015 - New Process to evaluate IEOT applicants
As of May 1, 2015, occupational therapists who have completed their OT education outside of Canada – including Canadians who travelled outside Canada for their OT education – and who want to register for practice anywhere in Canada (except Quebec), must first apply to the Association of Canadian Occupational Therapy Organizations (ACOTRO) to complete a new assessment process called the Substantial Equivalency Assessment System (SEAS). The process has several steps and associated fees.
Once applicants have been assessed through SEAS, they can apply to a Canadian provincial occupational therapy regulatory body for registration. In other words, SEAS will be the first step in the registration process for anyone educated outside of Canada.
SEAS is a new assessment process to determine the extent to which an internationally-educated occupational therapist's (IEOT’s) educational qualifications and competencies are substantially equivalent to those of a Canadian-educated occupational therapist. SEAS is a multi-stage assessment approach that: examines the education that IEOTs originally completed allows IEOTs to demonstrate what they know and can do, and ensures IEOTs are familiar with the Canadian legislation, ethics and standards of practice that comprise the framework for occupational therapy practice in Canada.
SEAS has four main components:
- Review of the Academic Credential Assessment (ACA)
- Profession-specific Credential Assessment (PSCA)
- Jurisprudence Knowledge Assessment Test (JKAT)
- Competency Assessment
As part of SEAS, all internationally-educated occupational therapists will also be required to demonstrate a minimum level of language proficiency, based on a standard upon which all ACOTRO members have agreed.
Please visit the SEAS portal to begin your application process: http://www.icomphost.com/seas
To learn more about the Substantial Equivalency Assessment System, visit the ACOTRO website at: http://www.acotro-acore.org/seas-introduction
Please note: Internationally-educated occupational therapists who have applied for registration with a Canadian provincial regulator prior to May 1, 2015 and whose applications are currently being processed by the college, will have one year within which to complete their registration process under the current system, and will not be required to be assessed through SEAS. Any current applicants who do not complete their registration within the one-year period must apply to ACOTRO to complete the new assessment process. If your application is already in process, please contact the appropriate provincial regulator should you require more information on your current application.
SSOT’s membership year is from March 1 to the last day of February. There is a non-refundable application fee required with your application. New applicants registering with the College during the registration year are required to pay the annual registration fees listed below.
Renewal of your registration is required on February 15 each year. The annual registration form and fee must be received by SSOT no later than February 15 to avoid a late fee penalty. If your annual registration form and fee are not received by the last day of February at 5 pm you will not be licensed to work in Saskatchewan as an Occupational Therapist and your employer will be notified.
Insurance and Frequently Asked Questions
Bylaws to require $5 Million liability/malpractice insurance for all SSOT practising members have been approved by the SSOT membership and the Minister of Health. This insurance is now required for all new SSOT practicing and restricted license applicants and will be required by all current SSOT members by February 28, 2009. SSOT does not endorse one provider or carrier over another. This insurance may be purchased through: