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Occupational Therapy Assistants and Aides

Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

Occupational therapy aides do not require certification or licensing. Occupational therapy assistants must pass the certifying test of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After passing this test, assistants receive the designation certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA). Licensure requirements for assistants vary by state, so you will need to check with the licensing board of the state in which you want to work for specific information.

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