Occupational Therapy Licensing Board



Limited Permits
 

Limited Permits are available only once for those who are applying to take the NBCOT examination.  The Limited permit costs $25 and is eligible for 90* days from the date of your NBCOT Authorization to Test notification. 


*Currently the time frame has been extended to 180 days.


If you are a new graduate waiting to take the NBCOT and you would like a limited permit, go to the License Portal, activate your account, apply for your OT or OTA application and click that you would like a limited permit.


Requirements of a limited permits include the following:

  •  Official transcripts sent by the school 
  •  Authorization to Test (ATT) letter from the NBCOT.  You can forward the email to us at otlb.info@state.or.us​.
  •  Fingerprint background Check  (currently waived through 8/31/20 due to Covid-19).*
  •  Before you can start working you must record your OT Supervisor in the LIcense Portal.  The OT Supervisor must also log in and   confirm that they are supervising you.
  •  If your fail the exam you must surrender the limited permit immediately and you cannot get another one.

    *Due to the risks of exposure to COVID-19, the Occupational Therapy Licensing board has filed temporary rules to waive the fingerprinting requirement for new applicants, effective April 8 - August 31, 2020.  In lieu of the FP background check, the board will run LEDS checks during this time.



Oregon laws - Limited Permit holders  

675.320 Powers of board; fees; rules. The Occupational Therapy Licensing Board shall have the following powers in addition to powers otherwise granted under ORS 675.210 to 675.340 or necessary to carry out the provisions of ORS 675.210 to 675.340:
  (11) To establish minimum requirements for limited permit to be complied with by all applicants prior to issuance of limited permit. A limited permit shall be issued to a person at the discretion of the board upon application and payment of a permit fee of $25.

    

339-010-0040 Limited Permit  (1) Students who have successfully completed the educational and field work requirements and students who receive their eligibility to take the NBCOT certification examination, but do not yet have their test results, may apply for a limited permit to practice occupational therapy under at least routine supervision (as defined in OAR 339-010-0005(1)(b)) of an Oregon licensed occupational therapist.

 (4) An Oregon licensed occupational therapist must sign the limited permit application verifying a supervisory role to the applicant.

(5) A limited permit may not be issued to applicants who have taken and failed the certification examination, and limited permits may not be renewed.

(6) A person who fails the exam must immediately surrender the limited permit upon receipt of examination scores.

(7) The Board may grant an extension of a limited permit to persons who, because of extenuating circumstances, are unable to take the scheduled certification examination. Request must be made in writing to the Board.

 

Supervision under OAR 339-010-0005(1)(b) follows: 

(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 communication;                                                                                                                                                   

(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.

From the AOTA Supervision guidelines: ​

1. Purpose:  The purpose of this Model State Regulation for Supervision, Roles, and Responsibilities During the Delivery of Occupational Therapy Services is to provide a template for use by state agencies and occupational therapy regulatory boards when drafting or revising regulations to govern the clinical supervision of occupational therapy assistants, limited permit holders, and aides. The model is intended to help safeguard the public health, safety and welfare by establishing guidelines that are consistent with professional standards and accepted practice in the profession. . . .

2. Definitions  A.  In this section, the following terms have the meanings indicated.

  1.  “Board" means the Oregon Occupational Therapy Licensing Board.
  2. Competence" refers to an individual's capacity to perform job responsibilities.
  3. Competency" refers to an individual's actual performance in a specific situation.
  4. Limited permit holder" means an individual who has completed the academic and fieldwork requirements of this Act for occupational therapists or occupational therapy assistants, has not yet taken or received the results of the entry level certification examination, and has applied for and been granted limited permit status.
  5. "Occupational therapist" means an occupational therapist who is licensed by the Board.

    (7) "Occupational therapy assistant" means an occupational therapy assistant who is licensed by the Board to provide occupational therapy services under the supervision of and in partnership with a licensed occupational therapist.

    (8) "Supervision" means a cooperative process in which two or more people participate in a joint effort to establish, maintain, and/or elevate a level of competence and performance. Within the scope of occupational therapy practice, supervision is aimed at ensuring the safe and effective delivery of occupational therapy services and fostering professional competence and development.

     

5. Supervision of a Limited Permit Holder

A.  An occupational therapist limited permit holder or occupational therapy assistant limited permit holder who has not yet taken or received the results of the entry-level certification examination shall practice under the supervision of an occupational therapist.  It is the responsibility of the supervising occupational therapist to provide and the limited permit holder to seek the appropriate quality and frequency of supervision to ensure safe and effective occupational therapy service delivery.