According to the Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy (ASBOT), OTs are required to obtain 15 hours of continuing education annually, or 30 hours biannually. No more than one third of the total hours may be derived from CE courses focused on administrative or management skills. The majority of the contact hours must be focused on the practice of occupational therapy. Additionally, no more than one third of the total hours may be derived from work related presentations.
OTAs are required to complete 10 hours annually or 20 hours biannually, with the due date based on the date of their license. Likewise, only a third of the total requirement for OTAs may come from CE courses that cover topics outside of direct patient care (such as management or administrative skills). Deadlines for Alabama OTs and OTAs vary between April 30th and October 31st depending on the date of the practitioner's license.
The Board requires both OTs and OTAs to submit their renewal paperwork 60 days prior to the expiration of their license. As long as the renewal application, certificates of completion for all CE courses, and other related paperwork are postmarked 60 days, it will be considered on time by the Board's standards.
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This article will review the continuing education requirements for occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants licensed in the state of Alabama. As with any CE requirement overview, it is recommended that you double-check with your state board's website regarding continuing education requirements for OTs and OTAs, as they are frequently updated.