339-020-0010 CE Requirements for Current Licensees
(1) All current licensees shall obtain a minimum of 30 points of CE from Board approved categories during the two years immediately preceding the date of the license renewal; or
(2) The Board recognizes the maintenances of continuous professional development hours as evidenced by current NBCOT Certification (National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy) as fulfilling the requirements for CE under (1).
Check to see if your NBCOT certification is current:
There is also a one-time Pain Management CE requirement (see Pain Management tab).
339-020-0020 CE Categories and Points
These numbers refer to a two year total of 30 points. Credit for CE shall be calculated on a point basis in the following categories and must relate to occupational therapy services. It is the responsibility of the licensee to demonstrate how specific classes contribute to the development of the occupational therapy skills. "Application to OT Services" (CE Log) must be included for credit. Unless stated otherwise, one point equals one contact hour. Sixteen to 30 required CE points must come from categories 1-11. A limit of 14 of the required CE points may be accrued from categories 12-18.
(1) Attendance at university, college or vocational technical adult education courses at or above practice level: Four points per credit hour. Documentation of successful completion required.
(2) Attendance at seminars, workshops, or institutes: One point per direct hour of content.
(3) Completion of educational telecommunication network or on-line courses: Points as awarded by certificate or per credit, see (1). Certificate of successful completion required.
(4) Attendance at educational sessions relating to occupational therapy sponsored by OTAO, AOTA, AOTA approved providers, and NBCOT or professional academic institutions relating to occupational therapy: One point per hour of attendance. Certificate of attendance required.
(5) Satisfactory completion of American Occupational Therapy Association approved courses/materials or courses/materials offered by AOTA approved providers: Points per certificate on completion. Documentation of satisfactory completion required.
(6) Publication -- Copy of publications required.
(a) Publication of article in non-peer reviewed publication (e.g. OT Practice, SIS Quarterly, Advance, etc.): Five points per article.
(b) Publication of article in peer-reviewed professional publication (e.g. journals, book chapter, research paper): Ten points per article.
(c) Publication of chapter(s) in occupational therapy or related textbook: Ten points per chapter.
(7) Professional presentation (person presenting): Presentation must be at practice level for credit, e.g. CNA training would not be acceptable: Two points per hour with no additional points for subsequent presentation of same content. Course outline must be provided.
(8) Development of alternative media (computer software, video or audio tapes): Three points/hr of finished product. Outline required.
(9) Completing requirements for occupational therapy specialty certification (initial or recertification one time only for each specialty): 12 points. Copy of certificate required.
(10) Research, provided an abstract of the research is retained to prove participation: Principal -- Eight points. Associate -- Six points.
(11) Development and implementation of a school approved Level II student program (one time only and completed within a year): Four points. Copy of program must be provided.
(12) In-service training: One point per hour of attendance.
(13) Attendance at videotaped presentations of educational courses, seminars, workshops or institutes (group viewing with discussion): One-half point per direct hour of viewing with additional points for discussion, not to exceed seven points.
(14) Student supervision, Level I and Level II Fieldwork: One point for 8 hours of supervision.
(15) Doctorate student supervision, OT Experiential level work: One point for 8 hours of supervision.
(16) Mentoring; as defined in OAR-339-010-0005(5): One point for every eight hours contract mentoring with documentation. Points may be obtained for both the mentor and the mentee.
(17) Professional leadership on a Board or Commission relating to OT -- Volunteer services to organizations, populations, and individuals that advance the reliance on and use of one's occupational therapy skills and experiences to the volunteer setting or experience: 10 hours equal two points. Up to four points a year with documentation.
(18) Re-Entry Supervisors: Therapists providing supervision under OAR 339-010-0016: One point for 8 hours.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.320(11) & (12)
Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.210(4), 675.240(1) & (2), 675.250(2) & (3), 675.300(1)(a) & 675.320(11) Hist.: OTLB 2-1994, f. 4-11-94, cert. ef. 6-1-94; OTLB 1-1999, f. & cert. ef. 10-27-99; OTLB 1-2003, f. & cert. ef. 3-4-03; OTLB 2-2003, f. & cert. ef. 9-11-03; OTLB 1-2005, f. & cert. ef. 8-11-05
Per OAR 339-020-0080 (2), the Board has the authority to audit license renewals for compliance with the Division 20 Continuing Education requirement. If you are selected for the random audit, you are required to complete the CE Log form and send it in along with copies of the CE completion certificates of courses that you attested to completing on your license renewal. You must have at least 30 points. The fax number is 971-673-0226.
Please send copies, do not send original certificates.
The Board will send you a return email verifying the review and acceptance of your CE.
Note: Failure to timely respond to the board request or those found to be not in compliance will be subject to disciplinary action by the Board.
Please note: Send in the log form and documentation only IF you are being audited.
You are required to retain your original CE certificates for 4 years from the date of the certificate.
10 contact hours is 1 CEU. **
**AOTA refers to CEUs and NBCOT refers to PDUs. PDUs weigh classes higher with eductaion provided by AOTA or an AOTA approved provider.
The Oregon Licensing Board requires 30 CE points.
In the Administrative Rules: 1 contact hour is equal to 1 point, but can vary based on the category of CE.
If it's an online course, points as awarded by the certificate. .2 contact hours would equal 2 points, etc.
Under OAR 339-020-0020(16) in order to receive mentorship
CE credit, a written mentorship agreement must be signed by both parties, the
mentor and the mentee, including a description of the planned
and collaborative experience and the goals to be achieved under the plan.
Points may be obtained for both the mentor and the mentee. One point is give for each eight hours of
contract mentoring with the documentation.
The definition of mentorship is found under OAR 339-010-0005(5) which states:
339-010-0005 Definitions (see
(1) "Supervision," is a process in which two or more people
participate in a joint effort to promote, establish, maintain and/or evaluate a
level of performance. The occupational therapist is responsible for the
practice outcomes and documentation to accomplish the goals and objectives.
Levels of supervision:
(a) "Close supervision" requires daily, direct contact in person at
the work site;
(b) "Routine supervision" requires the supervisor to have direct
contact in person at least every two weeks at the work site with interim
supervision occurring by other methods, such as telephone or written
(c) "General supervision" requires the supervisor to have at least
monthly direct contact in person with the supervisee at the work site with
supervision available as needed by other methods.
(2) "Leisure," as it is used in ORS 675.210(3) means occupational
behavior that is developed as part of an individual occupational therapy
evaluation and treatment process. This process is goal oriented toward the
maximum health of the patient by the interaction of self-care, work and
leisure, and is not used as an isolated recreation activity. The use in this
way does not include leisure activities as used by therapeutic recreation
(3) "Licensed occupational therapy practitioner," for purposes of
these rules, means an individual who holds a current occupational therapist or
occupational therapy assistant license.
(4) "Occupational therapy aide," as it is used in OAR 339-010-0055,
means an unlicensed worker who is assigned by the licensed occupational therapy
practitioner to perform selected tasks.
(5) "Mentorship," as it is used in these rules, is a
collaborative experience of direct contact between currently licensed
occupational therapy practitioners for the purpose of updating professional
skills. Mentorship may include, but is not limited to, mentee observation of
the mentor's practice, classroom work, case review and discussion, and review
and discussion of professional literature.
Under Oregon CE rules you can obtain
credit, but since have automatically met the state requirement if you are NBCOT
certified, here is the link to information about mentoring under NBCOT
This includes guidelines, mentoring form,
samples and evaluations for mentoring. Since the Oregon board adopted
Telehealth rules, they can also be used to help with mentoring situations in
distance situations when there are no local therapists available. Find
more information about Telehealth on the home page of the web site at www.oregon.gov/otlb at top center.
No Pre-approval of CE
The Board does not pre-approve CE. Licensees should look to the CE definition and determine whether the courses relate to OT practice and be prepared to demonstrate how the credit relates if requested.
You will have no problem if your continuing education comes from educational sessions relating to occupational therapy sponsored by OTAO, AOTA, AOTA approved providers, and NBCOT or professional academic institutions relating to occupational therapy. You can receive one point per hour of attendance, with documentation.
Waiver / Extension for CE
The Board may, in individual cases involving physical disability or illness, or undue hardship, grant waivers of the minimum CE requirements or extensions of time within which to fulfill the same or make required reports. Applications for waivers shall be made to the Board in writing at least two months prior to license expiration. If you are requesting a waiver for medical reasons, you must provide letter from treating physician.
Some requests approved by the Board:
- Extended illness
- Death in the family
- Pregnancy complications
Some requests not approved:
- High cost of CE
- Isolation, difficult to obtain CE
TIPS on CE AUDITS:
Keep the Board informed of changes to your contact information. We spend a lot of time on undeliverable letters and tracking down licensees to determine whether they wish to renew. It takes an inordinate amount of time which could be spent more effectively on other matters.
If your name changes, send in a copy of the legal document showing the name change along with any changes to address, phone, or e-mail in writing. We will be more efficient without having to ask for documentation during the busiest time of the year.
Do not leave it until the last minute.
If you have over the required 30 points in the last licensing period and obtained it in March, April or May, you can use these points for the next renewal period. You cannot use CE from March, April, May twice, so if you used these CE points for the previous renewal, you cannot use them again.
Here is a list of the problems that came up:
- CE must be related to OT practice and be at practice level: The following facility health related in-services are not approved: HIV/AIDS, incontinence, patient bowel and bladder needs, in-patient training protocols and restraint training, and emergency procedures. More information was needed for approval of Functional Independence Measurement training (too basic), Journal Club on Bone Density, and insurance reimbursement.
- Management: The Board recognizes that enhancing professional skills, although not clinically based in terms of patient care, demands more in terms of management so the Board approved some of the points for educational management courses. Medicare training may be approved depending on documentation and how it related to OT. Recently the board approved workers compensation classes on changes to Independent Medical Examinations and impairment findings for workers compensation claims.
- Documentation: Documented in-services might not be approved. Insurance reimbursement was not approved. For in-services make sure you keep track of the information needed in the log form, the date, who provided it, and how it specifically related to OT at the practice level. If your facility does not do this then you must obtain the documentation. Since you do not know ahead of time if you will be audited it is prudent for you to keep records in a file if you plan to use them for CE and are audited.
- CE for an in-service given by an OT Assistant at a facility on testing was not approved for an OT. Why? The OT Assistant's scope of practice in gather testing information and the in-service on this may be appropriate CE for an OT Assistant. However, an OT cannot get CE for the Assistant's in-service since it is not at practice level for the OT. The OT Assistant cannot interpret data since this would be beyond the OT Assistant’s scope of practice.
If you are audited you must send in the log form and the certificates: It is a random audit. Keep track of this information. The members of the Board are volunteering their time doing these reviews. The log form helps organize what kind of credit to give for CE and improperly filled forms or missing certificates increases the work at the busiest time of the year. It also delays issuing renewals on time. Yours is just one of many renewals the Board is dealing with. Keeping problems at a minimum means we can deal with the most important issues quickly, and get the last minute licenses issued before they lapse.
Also in filling out the log keep in mind:
- fill out the information in chronological order
- keep it legible
- include documentation, especially for facility in-services
- include evidence of student internship (e.g. copy of first page only of AOTA student evaluation with student scoring and comments removed)
- If you have doubt whether something qualified for CE contact the Board prior to registering for the course; don't wait until CE is due !
Finally, waivers or extensions to CE requirements for “physical disability or illness, or undue hardship” must be in writing two months prior to license expiration.
You are required by rule to keep your CE information for four years. Contact us if you have questions.
339-020-0025 Continuing Education in
Continuing Education in cultural competency is considered relevant for
the current practice of all licensees and may be used toward satisfying the
required Continuing Education hours.
Find an OHA-Approved CCCE Training
a growing list of OHA-approved training opportunities, based upon criteria for
high quality and standards of excellence in cultural competency education.
In order to provide a
service to applicants and occupational therapists, the board will give
information on some upcoming CE events. We try to let you know
of any free events that are coming up. Always confirm
with the facility putting on the event.
Association of Oregon (OTAO): For events and CE put on by your state
Association go to their web site at www.otao.com
The OTAO Annual Conference is held annually in October.
find listings by going to: www.otao.com and
clicking on: Calendar.
University School of Occupational Therapy invites you to check periodically for Continuing Education events sponsored
exclusively by the School of Occupational Therapy at Pacific University College
of Health Professions.
Pacific University offers an online program to earn a
Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. You may also earn a MHA along with
the Gerontology certificate. The two programs are now combined for this
option. In addition, you may take a Gerontology course as an elective for
continuing education. Options include:
1. GERO 625 Aging and Health Disparity (fall)
2. GERO 550 Aging Brain and Body (fall)
3. GERO 525 Health Literacy and Communication (spring)
4. GERO 575 Dementia and Memory (spring)
Each course is 7 weeks.
Please visit: https://www.pacificu.edu/future-graduate-professional/colleges/college-health-professions/areas-study/gerontology
Contact Linda Hunt 503 803 3963 or firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information
FREE 1 CEU-OTLB Ethics and Law Exam.
If you have not already taken the Ethics and Law Exam and you are already
licensed in Oregon, you can earn 1 free CEU. See Law/Ethics exam under
Applicants. The Board will receive your score automatically. Take
the exam and then send an email to OTLB.Info@state.or.us
and confirm with the Board.
classes on the Pain Commission: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPR/PMC/Pages/index.aspx
Rehabilitation Continuing Education: A wide range of
continuing education classes are available to all physical and occupational
therapists. You need to check if there is a charge.
March 27, 2017 Issue of OT Practice:
Every Day Ethics: Core
Knowledge for OT Practitioners and Educators, 3rd Edition by Deborah
Yarett Slater, MS, OT/L FAOTA. This important course provides a foundation
in basic ethics information that gives context and assistance with application
to daily practice for students, clinicians, educators, researchers and those in
other occupational therapy-related roles.
Seven over-arching learning objectives address critical information for
occupational therapy personnel, including recognition of the role of ethics as
part of our professional responsibility.
Context also addresses what is actually meant by ethics, with a
discussion on key ethical theories and principles that assist in analyzing and
resolving situations that present ethical challenges. Earn .3 AOTA CEU (3.75 NBCOT PDUs/3 contact
hours. Order #OL4953, Members $35, Nonmembers
Unlimited CE for $99, AOTA approved provider: http://www.occupationaltherapy.com/general/welcome-oregon-occupational-therapists
1 contact hour per webinar FREE!
How the New CPT® Evaluation Codes and the Occupational
Can Enhance Your Practice:
New evaluation codes causing stress? Confused about how to use the
occupational profile in practice? Get practical information and tips on how to
make the new codes and the occupational profile work for you and your
patients. FREE to AOTA members
Webinars take place on the 3rd Monday of each month at
June 19, July 17, August 21, September 18, October 16, November 20
& December 18
OHA-Approved CE on Cultural Competence:
-Cultural Competency and Ethics for Healthcare Professionals:
An in-person course on how to better customize care, engage culturally diverse patients in health care decisions,and have a non-judgemental, inclusive healthcare environment, among other topics.
This is a 1 day, 6 hour (6 Ethics credit hours) course
Course date: September 29, 2017, with registration beginning August 16, 2017.
-Building Foundations "Cross Cultural Care: A Person-Centered Approach":
A person-centered approach to cross-cultural care. Interactive exercises and case-vignettes create an engaging course that covers: core cultural competency concepts; common issues, such as mistrust and communication styles; language and interpreters; health literacy; health beliefs; and cross-cultural negotiation.
1 CEU point
Access via the web-24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Board does not endorse any specific CE classes, though the CE
approved by AOTA is automatically accepted.