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California Occupational Therapy Inactive and Retired Status

Inactive Status

Upon written request, the board may grant inactive status to a license holder under the following conditions:

  • At the time of application for inactive status, the holder's license shall be current and not suspended, revoked, or otherwise punitively restricted by the board.
  • The holder of an inactive license shall not engage in any activity for which a license is required.
  • An inactive license shall be renewed during the same time period in which an active license is renewed. The holder of an inactive license need not comply with any continuing education requirement for renewal of an active license.
  • The renewal fee for a license in an active status shall apply also for a renewal of a license in an inactive status, unless a lesser renewal fee is specified by the board.
  • In order for the holder of an inactive license to restore his or her license to an active status, he or she shall comply with all of the following:
    • Pays the renewal fee.
    • Provides proof of completion of continuing education equivalent to that required for a single renewal period of an active license.

Retired Status

The board shall issue, upon application and payment of a twenty-five dollar ($25) fee, a retired license to an occupational therapist or an occupational therapy assistant who holds a license that is current and active, or capable of being renewed and whose license is not suspended, revoked, or otherwise restricted by the board or subject to discipline under this chapter.

On or after July 1, 2013, a holder of an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant license that is current and whose license is not suspended, revoked, or otherwise restricted by the board or subject to discipline, may apply for retired status, upon application and payment of the fee.

The application shall be on a form prescribed by the Board titled “Application for Retired Status” (Form ARS, New 7/2012), and shall disclose under penalty of perjury whether the licensee has been disciplined by another public agency or been convicted or pled nolo contendere to any violation of any statute in the United States or foreign country.

A license in retired status is not subject to renewal.

The holder of a license in retired status shall not engage in any activity for which an active license is required. Failure to comply with this section is unprofessional conduct and grounds for citation or discipline.

An occupational therapist holding a license in retired status shall be permitted to use the title "occupational therapist, retired" or "retired occupational therapist." An occupational therapy assistant holding a license in retired status shall be permitted to use the title "occupational therapy assistant, retired" or "retired occupational therapy assistant." The designation of retired shall not be abbreviated in any way. Failure to comply with this section is unprofessional conduct and grounds for citation or discipline.

Restoration

In order to restore his or her license to active status the holder of a license in retired status shall:

  • Complete a form prescribed by the board titled “Application to Restore License to Active Status,” (Form ARL, New 7/2012), and pay the biennial renewal fee in effect at the time the request for activation is received; and.
  • Satisfy continuing competency requirements as follows:
    • Complete 24 PDUs, within two (2) years preceding the date the application for reactivation is received, if the license is in retired status for a period of five (5) years or less, or
    • Evidence of continued competency for the previous two-year period, must complete 40 PDUs, or
    • Evidence of having completed the entry-level certification examination within the previous two-year period

A licensee may be granted a license in retired status on no more than two (2) separate occasions.

Citation

Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 2570.17

Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 2570.11

Cal. Code Regs., tit. 16 § 4127

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