REGISTRATION

In order to practice as an occupational therapist and to use the title: 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. Individual OTs registering with SSOT demonstrate their respect the public’s right to safe, competent, and ethical care, and recognizes SSOT’s role in supporting and monitoring practice.

Occupational therapists are entitled to use the designation OT. Reg. (SK) if their name is on the Register and they hold a practicing license with SSOT. Individuals who are provisionally registered use the designation O.T. Res. (SK) until they become fully registered as a practicing member.

All registered OTs must renew their license on an annual basis and ensure that all their information on the SSOT register is kept up to date.

Occupational therapists must be registered and hold the applicable practice license before commencing employment, including workplace orientation.

Occupational Therapists who currently have a practicing license with another Canadian OT regulatory body require a practicing license with SSOT prior to providing telepractice services to Saskatchewan residents who are physically located within the province.

All applicants must receive confirmation from SSOT, that they are registered and are able to work in Saskatchewan. Any applicants who have NOT received such communication from SSOT are NOT registered.

INITIAL REGISTRATION  

Canadian Educated Occupational Therapists (CEOT)

New Canadian Graduate

Individuals who have graduated from an approved occupational therapy education program in Canada will have 18 months following graduation to submit practice (currency) hours in order to receive and maintain a practicing license with SSOT. Individuals who have not accumulated sufficient practice hours after the initial 18-month period are required to register with SSOT through the Re-entry program. Visit the Re-Entry Program webpage for additional information and details.

New applicants must complete the application form. The application and all accompanying documentation must be received by SSOT with full payment prior to receiving a license. Applicants should anticipate at least seven days for the application process.

Electronic Application Form

All required documents must be provided to complete the registration process. Incomplete applications will not be processed until all correct documentation and fees have been received.

The following documents are required for registration:

  • Name change verification (if the applicant’s legal name has changed since receiving their degree)

  • Notary Public - Notarized copy of the applicant’s occupational therapy educational degree or transcripts sent to SSOT directly from the university. If a notarized copy of the degree is not immediately available, SSOT will accept as an interim verification, an original letter from the occupational therapy program head or designate, confirming that the applicant has met all the requirements (including fieldwork) for graduating with a degree in occupational therapy. Once the applicant has received their degree, they must provide SSOT with a notarized copy.

  • National Occupational Therapy Certification Examination (NOTCE) Results

  • Prior to successful completion of the NOTCE, graduates can apply for SSOT’s Level 2 Restricted License for up to 20 months, depending on the date of commencement of their Restricted License. Level 2 Restricted Licensees are required to have a Designated Occupational Therapist or an Approved Supervisor and will need to submit reports to the Credentials Committee contact person bi-monthly until successful completion of the NOTCE. Additional information and details are provided on the Licensing and Membership Categories webpage and in the Restricted License Handbook.

  • Additional Documents Required

Information about processing and licensing fees can be found on the Processing and Licensing Fees webpage.

SSOT members who hold a practicing or restricted license are required to have $5 Million liability/malpractice insurance. SSOT does not endorse any insurance providers. Insurance may be provided by an employer or purchased through:

  • An independent insurance broker: a listing of Saskatchewan members is available through the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (www.ibac.ca)

  • The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (www.caot.ca)

Returning to Practice

Applicants returning to practice who have not worked 1000 hours in the last five years or 600 hours in the last three years as a licensed Occupational Therapist in a regulated province or country, are required to complete the SSOT Re-Entry Program prior to being eligible for a Practicing License. Additional information and requirements can be found on the Re-Entry Program webpage.

Applicants returning to practice who have worked 1000 hours in the last five years or 600 hours in the last three years as a licensed Occupational Therapist in a regulated province or country do not need to complete the Re-Entry Program.

New applicants must complete the application form. The application and all accompanying documentation must be received by SSOT with full payment prior to receiving a license. Applicants should anticipate at least seven days for the application process.

Electronic Application Form

All required documents must be provided to complete the registration process. Incomplete applications will not be processed until all correct documentation and fees have been received.

The following documents are required for registration:

  • Name change verification (if the applicant’s legal name has changed since receiving their degree)

  • Notarized copy of the applicant’s occupational therapy educational degree or transcripts sent to SSOT directly from the university.

  • National Occupational Therapy Certification Examination (NOTCE) Results

    • CAOT members can contact CAOT directly to have NOTCE results forwarded to SSOT

  • Regulatory History

    • Regulatory History forms from all jurisdictions (including international jurisdictions) in which the applicant has practiced occupational therapy or been registered as an occupational therapist, sent directly from the regulatory body to SSOT. The following Regulatory History Form can be sent to each of the previous regulatory or licensing organizations for completion.

Applicants returning to practice who meet the practice hours requirement but have not successfully completed the NOTCE, may apply for SSOT’s Level 2 Restricted License while they wait to write the exam. Level 2 Restricted Licensees are required to have a Designated Occupational Therapist or an Approved Supervisor and will need to submit reports to the Credentials Committee contact person bi-monthly until successful completion of the NOTCE. Additional information and details are provided on the Licensing and Membership Categories webpage and in the Restricted License Manual.

Additional information about the NOTCE can be found on the National Exam Information webpage.

Information about processing and licensing fees can be found on the Processing and Licensing Fees webpage.

SSOT members who hold a practicing or restricted license are required to have $5 Million liability/malpractice insurance. SSOT does not endorse any insurance providers. Insurance may be provided by an employer or purchased through:

  • An independent insurance broker: a listing of Saskatchewan members is available through the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (www.ibac.ca)

  • The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (www.caot.ca)

Student Membership

Canadian Occupational Therapy students currently enrolled in a University program are eligible for a free student membership. Students are only required to submit one application for the duration of their academic program.

Having a student membership is a great way to start communicating with SSOT and learning about occupational therapy in Saskatchewan. SSOT student members will receive member communications.

Student Application Form completed in full is required for consideration

One of the following is required directly from the student’s Canadian Occupational Therapy University program:

  • a letter stating that the student is currently enrolled in their program with the end date of the program listed OR

  • a student enrollment list provided by the University with the end date of the program listed.

SSOT student members are not eligible for a practicing or restricted license to work as an occupational therapist in Saskatchewan. Having a SSOT student membership does not change the registration process for a practicing or restricted license once the student has graduated.

Internationally Educated Occupational Therapists (IEOTs)

Substantial Equivalency Assessment System

Applicants who have successfully completed an entry-level university degree (Baccalaureate or Professional Master’s) in occupational therapy outside of Canada 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 the Substantial Equivalency Assessment System (SEAS)

What is SEAS?

SEAS is an assessment process used to determine the extent to which an internationally educated occupational therapists (IEOT’s) educational qualifications and competencies are substantially equivalent to those of a Canadian-educated occupational therapist (CEOT). 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:

As part of SEAS, all internationally educated occupational therapists will be required to demonstrate a minimum level of language proficiency, based on a standard upon which all ACOTRO members have agreed.

Additional information about the SEAS process and associated fees can be found on the ACOTRO website.

The SEAS application process can be found on the SEAS website.

Provincial Regulatory Body Registration

Once applicants have successfully completed SEAS, they can apply to a Canadian provincial occupational therapy regulatory body, such as SSOT, for registration.

IEOT’s who have not worked 1000 hours in the last five years or 600 hours in the last three years as a licensed Occupational Therapist in a regulated province or country, are required to complete the SSOT Re-Entry Program prior to being eligible for a Practicing License. Additional information and requirements can be found on the Re-Entry Program webpage.

IEOTs who have worked 1000 hours in the last five years or 600 hours in the last three years as a licensed Occupational Therapist in a regulated province or country do not need to complete the Re-Entry Program.

New applicants must complete the application form. The application and all accompanying documentation must be received by SSOT with full payment prior to receiving a license. Applicants should anticipate at least seven days for the application process.

Electronic Application Form

All required documents must be provided to complete the registration process. Incomplete applications will not be processed until all correct documentation and fees have been received.

The following documents are required for registration:

  • Name change verification (if the applicant’s legal name has changed)

  • National Occupational Therapy Certification Examination (NOTCE) Results

  • Regulatory History

    • Regulatory History forms from all jurisdictions (including international jurisdictions) in which the applicant has practiced occupational therapy or been registered as an occupational therapist, sent directly from the regulatory body to SSOT. The following Regulatory History Form can be sent to each of the previous regulatory or licensing organizations for completion.

  • IEOT’s returning who meet the practice hours requirement but have not successfully completed the NOTCE, may apply for SSOT’s Level 2 Restricted License while they wait to write the exam. Level 2 Restricted Licensees are required to have a Designated Occupational Therapist or an Approved Supervisor and will need to submit reports to the Credentials Committee contact person bi-monthly until successful completion of the NOTCE. Additional information and details are provided on the Licensing and Membership Categories webpage and in the Restricted License Manual.

    Additional information about the NOTCE can be found on the National Exam Information webpage.

Information about processing and licensing fees can be found on the Processing and Licensing Fees webpage.

SSOT members who hold a practicing or restricted license are required to have $5 Million liability/malpractice insurance. SSOT does not endorse any insurance providers. Insurance may be provided by an employer or purchased through:

  • An independent insurance broker: a listing of Saskatchewan members is available through the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (www.ibac.ca)

  • The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (www.caot.ca)

Occupational Therapist currently registered in another Canadian Jurisdiction

Occupational Therapists who are licensed in another Canadian jurisdiction may have their qualifications recognized for registration in Saskatchewan under the Labour Mobility Support Agreement (LMSA).

Applicants who do not wish to use the Labour Mobility Support Agreement (LMSA) process to apply for a practicing license with SSOT can apply through the process outlined in the Returning to Practice section above.

Eligible applicants must use the following LMSA confirmation form and forward it to their current regulatory organization for completion.

LMSA Confirmation Form

Eligible applicants must forward the following regulatory history confirmation form to their current regulatory organization for completion.

Regulatory History Confirmation Form

New applicants must complete the application form. The application and all accompanying documentation must be received by SSOT with full payment prior to receiving a license. Applicants should anticipate at least seven days for the application process.

Electronic Application Form

  • National Occupational Therapy Certification Examination (NOTCE) Results

    • Notarized copy

    • CAOT members can contact CAOT directly to have NOTCE results forwarded to SSOT

  • Notarized copy of the applicant’s occupational therapy educational degree or transcripts sent to SSOT directly from the university.

  • Name change verification (if the applicant’s legal name has been changed)

Information about processing and licensing fees can be found on the Processing and Licensing Fees webpage.

SSOT members who hold a practicing or restricted license are required to have $5 Million liability/malpractice insurance. SSOT does not endorse any insurance providers. Insurance may be provided by an employer or purchased through:

  • An independent insurance broker: a listing of Saskatchewan members is available through the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (www.ibac.ca)

  • The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (www.caot.ca)