Occupational Therapy Licensing Board

In Oregon, there is a one-time mandatory 7 hours of CE on Pain Management for new Occupational Therapists due within 2 years of licensure.  This includes a mandatory 1-hour free pain management module plus 6 additional hours on pain.

This is a legislative requirement of certain health professionals in Oregon.  The 2007 legislature passed a bill adding Occupational Therapists (OT's and OTA's) to the list of health care professionals that the Pain Management Commission requires to have one time Pain Management CE.  



Go to the Pain Commission for more information:  



Link to the required Pain Management module:



Providers from the Pain Commission website that provide the 6 additional hrs on pain management. 

The Oregon Pain Management Commission is not affiliated with and does not provide oversight of any training listed below. 

Ongoing CEU Opportunities


Link to IASP Curriculum Outline on Pain for Occupational Therapy:




Important information:

·         Keep certificates so you have them if you are audited for CE.

·         Any Pain CE classes on the Pain commission web site count including online classes. 

·         This is a one-time requirement.

·         The 7 hours is included in the required 30 points of CE required for renewals.

·         All new applicants have two years to complete the requirement.  We will check at the next renewal period to confirm the  Pain requirement is done.  

·         Pain CE taken as a student does not count - you must be a licensed OT or OTA and complete the requirement.  

·         After you complete the requirement send an e-mail to OTLB.Info@state.or.us giving the name of the class(es) you took, and date completed, the number of CE points and who it was given by.  We will record the information in the database and send you back a confirmation that you have completed the one-time requirement.

339-020-0015 One-time requirement for CE on Pain Management 
(1) After January, 2008, a one-time requirement of 7 points of CE on Pain Management must be completed as part of the 30 points of CE defined in OAR 339-020-0020.
(2) All currently licensed Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants who renew their license in May, 2010 must complete the one-hour online Oregon Pain Commission class and six additional points of CE on Pain Management. Any classes provided by the Pain Commission will count toward the 7 points. Licensees may use any CE points on Pain Management taken between 2006 and their renewal date in May, 2010.
(3) All new applicants for Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy Assistants must complete the one-time requirement of 7 points of CE on Pain management (including the one online hour offered by the Pain Commission) prior to their next renewal or within two years of license in Oregon, whichever comes later.  Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.320  Stats. Implemented; Hist.: OTLB 1-2008, f. 11-25-08, cert. ef. 1-1-09
The American OT Association also has information on pain management for OT:   
What can an occupational therapist do?
  • Identify specific activities or behaviors that aggravate pain and suggest alternatives.
  • Teach methods for decreasing the frequency and duration of painful episodes.
  • Implement therapy interventions that may decrease dependence on or use of pain medications.
  • Facilitate the development of better function for daily activities at work and home.
  • Collaborate with the client's team of health care professionals, such as physicians, physical therapists, psychiatrists, and psychologists, to determine the best course of treatment and intervention.
  • Recommend and teach the client how to use adaptive equipment to decrease pain while performing tasks such as reaching, dressing, bathing, and perform household chores.

What can a person with chronic pain do?
  • Develop and practice a lifestyle based on wellness, which includes plenty of rest, exercise, healthy nutrition, and maintaining a positive attitude.
  • Practice techniques to decrease the intensity of pain.
  • Organize a daily routine with personal pain management goals, such as eliminating or modifying activities that use a lot of energy and implementing body mechanics that move the body in ways that are less likely to aggravate pain.
  • Exercise to increase strength and flexibility and reduce pain.
  • Practice relaxation techniques that calm the mind and reduce tensions that aggravate pain.
Need more information?
Chronic pain is a serious problem that should not go untreated. If you would like to consult an occupational therapist about pain management, practitioners are available through most hospitals, community clinics, and medical centers.
Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants are trained in helping both adults and children with a broad range of physical, developmental, and psychological conditions. Practitioners also help clients in wellness techniques that may prevent injury and disease. Contact your local health officials for more information.
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