OT CE Decision Tree
Effective 7/1/2016, the requirements for Type 2 CE and the designations of Type 1 and Type 2 CE have been removed from the OT Rules. The OT Rules now state that all CE must comply with the new definition of CE (see below). Each renewal cycle, licensees still must earn 30 hours of CE that meet the requirements in the OT Rules, Chapter 367.
Definition of Continuing Education: Professional development activities that are directly relevant to the profession of occupational therapy.
Note that the definition refers to activities that are directly relevant to the profession of OT, not activities that are about professionalism. Refer to §367.2(b) and the full Chapter 367 for further information regarding unacceptable activities that are not eligible for CE credit. Courses such as those related to general management and business, team building, leadership, patient abuse, patient privacy, HIPAA, FERPA, bloodborne pathogens, or similar courses, for example, are unacceptable activities that may not be counted for CE.
Now that the amendments are in effect, when you renew, you will not indicate Type 1 or Type 2 for your CE hours. Instead, you will just list your hours under the category "CE Hours."
If CE you have already completed for your current renewal period met the requirements of the OT Rules prior to these changes, you will be able to use it when you renew. Refer to the Act and Rules page for further information regarding the adoptions. From that page, you can also access a link to search for previous versions of the OT Rules.
Please read the OT Rules and Practice Act for CE information. Chapter 367 of the OT Rules details Continuing Education.
All Continuing Education taken for license renewal must be directly relevant to the profession of occupational therapy and meet further requirements as per the OT Rules.
Please see the additional resources and tabs below, in adddition to the FAQ page.
Mentorship Agreement (pdf) - Optional form for those completing a mentorship experience for CE
*All home study courses, educational teleconferences, Internet-based courses, and video instruction, as per §367.2(a)(4), must meet the requirements in Chapter 367. There is no maximum to the number of continuing education hours that may be earned through such courses.
These courses must have:
1. Specified learning objectives;
2. A post-test; and
3. A certificate of completion.
In addition, educational teleconferences or Internet courses must reflect a pre-determined number of contact hours.
Only courses in this category that meet such criteria may be counted for CE.
* When continuing education units (CEUs), professional development units (PDUs), or other units or credits are listed on the CE documentation, such must be accompanied by documentation from the continuing education provider noting the equivalence of the units or credits in terms of contact hours. This is not needed for AOTA CEUs, but be sure you know what such represent in hours. Remember that a contact hour is not the same as a learning credit, PDU, CAU, etc. When you renew, you must attest to your CE in contact hours.
* Licensees may earn up to 2 contact hours of CE for the completion of the NBCOT Navigator activities of Case Simulations, Balloon Match Games, Mini Practice Quizzes, and the PICO Game. For such activities, 1 NBCOT CAU is the equivalent of .25 CE hours. Documentation of this type of CE is a certificate of completion or letter of verification. The only online NBCOT activities eligible for CE are listed above. Refer to Chapter 367 for further CE requirements.