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Update on Changes
It has been one year since we announced that AOTA would be making revisions to its Board Certification and Specialty Certification programs. Our volunteers are working steadily toward completion, and we anticipate that we will begin a staggered release of applications in late spring 2013. Application deadlines, originally identified as June and December 2013, will be modified and extended based on the final release date for each certification area.
AOTA certification is based on a peer-reviewed process in which applicants submit a reflective portfolio that addresses identified criteria, self assessment, and development of a professional development plan. Criteria that define aspects of either advanced (Board) or specialized (Specialty) occupational therapy practice are at the core of each of the Board and Specialty Certification programs. These criteria represent knowledge, critical and ethical reasoning, and interpersonal and performance skills that are specifically geared to occupational therapy.
The 9 certification areas are as follows:
(OT and OTA)
- Mental Health
- Physical Rehabilitation
- Driving and Community Mobility
- Environmental Modification
- Feeding, Eating, and Swallowing
- Low Vision
- School Systems – New in 2013!
We will offer Q&A sessions regarding changes, the first of which is scheduled for Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 12:30 pm EDT. Access information for that call will be posted here in June and sent to those in our database. If you have not already done so and would like updates by email, please provide contact information here.