Licensure Options for Evacuees from Puerto Rico

Posted in Latest News on October 30, 2017.

All applicants must fully complete and submit the required licensure application form.

To seek licensure as an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant, the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination/certification process must have been successfully completed or must be in the process of being completed. Persons who have never been certified by the NBCOT must contact the organization at 301-990-7979 to register for the certification exam. Persons who do not hold current certification with the NBCOT may apply by Examination with Waiver of a current certification, if they hold a valid, verifiable OT or OTA license in another state, U.S. territory or foreign national jurisdiction whose standards for licensure are determined by the Florida Occupational Therapy Board to be equivalent to this state’s requirements. Those who prefer to reinstate their OTR or COTA certification to pursue Florida licensure, must contact the NBCOT to obtain information on the steps for reinstatement.

If you hold a license in Puerto Rico, verification will be required. Board Staff will make all efforts to assist with confirmation licensure.

Temporary permits are issued to persons (typically examination applicants) who provide verifiable proof of having met the NBCOT’s credentialing requirements by submission of formal authorization from Prometric to sit for the licensure examination.

Further assistance and information may be obtained by contacting the Board Office at mqa.occupationaltherapy@flhealth.gov.



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