Any use of the titles occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant within New York State requires licensure as an occupational therapist or as an occupational therapy assistant.
To be licensed as an occupational therapist or as an occupational therapy assistant in New York State you must:
- be of good moral character
- be at least 21 years of age for licensure as an occupational therapist
- be at least 18 years of age for licensure as an occupational therapy assistant
- meet education and examination requirements
You must submit an Application for Licensure (Form 1) and the other forms indicated, along with the appropriate fee, to the Office of the Professions at the address specified on each form. It is your responsibility to follow up with anyone you have asked to send us material.
The specific requirements for licensure are contained in Title 8, Article 156, Section 7904 and Section 7904-a of New York's Education Law and Part 76 of the Commissioner's Regulations.
You should also read the general licensing information applicable for all professions.