Before you start the application, please carefully review the Guide to Online Application and registration requirements that pertain to you:

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.

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.

Applications are not considered complete until the application fee has been received.

Applications can be submitted prior to having met all requirements; but  registration cannot be issued until all of the registration requirements have been met.

All applications to the College are valid for one year. 

Supporting Documentation

  • As you go through the online application, pop-up text will appear in red informing you of the supporting documentation you will be required to submit.
  • Within 3-5 days of applying you will receive an email from the College notifying you to log in and follow your progress online.
  • Supporting documents can be scanned and emailed to application@coto.org. Be sure to include your full name and application ID number in the email subject line.
  • Transcripts and Vulnerable Sector results must be sent to the College by mail, faxes and scanned copies will not be accepted.
  • You will be contacted via email if any of your documents are unacceptable and you will receive information to help you obtain the correct documents.

Please note: the online application tool is not currently optimized for use on tablets or mobile phones.