The National Occupational Therapy Certification Examination (NOTCE) is administered by the Canadian Association of Occupation Therapists (CAOT). The exam is held twice a year, once in July and once in November.

Information regarding COVID-19 and the exam updated on August 4, 2020:

  1. The in-person exam that was scheduled for November 14th, 2020 is being replaced by an online exam, overseen by a live, remote proctor. There is a choice of dates, January 20 or 21, 2021, with a back up date of January 22, 2021, Registrants currently booked for the November 14th exam will be automatically rescheduled for the January exam.

  2. September registrants have the option of postponing their exam date to either January 20 or 21, 2021 with a backup date of January 22, 2021. The January exam will be an online exam, overseen by a live, remote proctor.
For more information about the exam, including policies and resources, please visit the website.


Exam candidates have a maximum of three attempts to pass the exam. No further attempts will be permitted.

Cost to Attempt the Exam

$655 + HST.

Study Resources

CAOT offers several study resources including: the NOTCE Practice Exam, NOTCE Study Guide, NOTCE Online Prep Class and NOTCE Resource Manual. Visit their website to learn more.


If you require accommodation when writing the exam, please contact CAOT directly.


If you experience ill health during the exam and continue to write the exam, or believe that there were administrative issues on the examination day that significantly impaired your performance, you can appeal to CAOT on the basis of extenuating circumstances.

Appeals must be made directly to CAOT and consist of a letter, supporting documentation and an administrative fee of $50.00.

Appeals MUST be received in the CAOT office no later than 14 days after the exam day. Appeals are NOT considered once the exam results have been mailed to the candidates.

If an appeal is granted, you must notify the College and provide the appropriate documentation.