Your online application can be submitted prior to having met all requirements. However, your College registration will not be issued until all requirements have been met.

You may not begin working* as an OT until you are registered with the College and have received written confirmation and a registration number. *Working as an OT includes participating in orientation or training at the workplace.

Applicants are subject to the requirements in place at the time of application.

Important Information

Every applicant must submit the results of a Vulnerable Sector (VS) Check as part of their application to the College. The College’s mandate is public protection and VS Checks are an important step in the process to support that mandate.

Depending on where you live, it may take 1 to 12 weeks, or longer, to obtain the results of a VS Check. As registration will not be issued until results are received, we suggest applying for the VS Check well in advance of your required registration date. The College accepts VS Checks issued within the past 6 months.

Application Timelines

  • Once all documents are received, applications take approximately 10 days to process.
  • If there is doubt about whether you meet all of the registration requirements, your application will be referred to the Registration Committee for review. If your application requires a review, you will be contacted by College staff and provided with details about the reason for the review. You will also be given the opportunity to make submissions to support your application. In cases where applications are referred to the Committee, longer timelines will apply. The Registration Committee usually meets every 10 weeks.
  • Applications for registration are valid for one year.

Application Fees

For more information about application fees, including who fees are payable to and which steps of the process you complete in Canada or your home country.

View the registration process chart.