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As regulated health care professionals, occupational therapists (OTs) make a commitment to continuous improvement. Every OT in Ontario is required to take part in the College’s Quality Assurance (QA) program. The QA program is designed to help OTs reflect on their roles and responsibilities, and identify new learning required to ensure they can provide safe, effective, ethical care. The QA program also measures knowledge and performance to ensure OTs are meeting professional standards. 

The QA program is one of the ways that the College gives members of the profession the tools and feedback to continually improve their competence. That adds to public protection.

QA Program Requirements

In occupational therapy, the demands of the practice environments and client needs constantly change. Completing the requirements of the QA Program helps OTs keep their knowledge and skills current.

The College has three mandatory requirements for all OTs:

  1. Self-Assessment. This requirement promotes reflection by the OT about their practice. Are they meeting the Essential Competencies? Do some areas need improvement? OTs must complete this assessment every other year, between June – October 31, or when a change in practice occurs.
  2. Prescribed Regulatory Education Program (PREP). Each year, OTs complete a self-directed learning module. This enhances OT knowledge of current professional practice standards.
  3. Professional Development Plan. Every year, OTs must document their learning goals, activities and results of the learning.


Compliance Policy

View the Compliance with Quality Assurance Program Requirements Policy.

Competency Review and Evaluation

The Competency Review and Evaluation (CRE) process is currently under review. Our goal is to ensure we are accurately identifying occupational therapists who could benefit form additional support to meet the standards and essential competencies of practice. Watch for updates in 2019.