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Idaho OT Continuing Education

How many continuing education hours are required during a reporting period?

Occupational Therapists: OTs licensed in Idaho must complete ten (10) contact hours of continuing education every year.

New Licensees: The Board shall waive the continuing education requirement for the first license renewal after initial licensure.

OTAs: OTAs licensed in Idaho must complete ten (10) contact hours of continuing education every year.

How is credit hour defined?

One (1) contact hour is equivalent to one (1) clock hour for the purpose of obtaining continuing education.

Can CE credits be carried over into the next reporting period?

A maximum of ten (10) continuing education hours may be carried forward from the immediately preceding year, and may not be carried forward more than one renewal year.

If the licensee completes two (2) or more courses having substantially the same content during any one (1) renewal period, the licensee only will receive continuing education credit for one (1) of the courses.

Are there any specific requirements for continuing education?

At least five (5) contact hours must directly relate to the delivery of occupational therapy services. The remaining contact hours must be germane to the practice of occupational therapy and relate to other areas of a licensee’s practice. A licensee may take online or home study courses or selfcompetency assessments, as long as a course completion certificate is provided.

What types of activities can be used for the continuing education requirements?

Continuing education course work. The required documentation for this activity is a certificate or documentation of attendance.

In-service training. The required documentation for this activity is a certificate or documentation of attendance.

Professional conference or workshop. The required documentation for this activity is a certificate or documentation of attendance.

Course work offered by an accredited college or university, provided that the course work is taken after the licensee has obtained a degree in occupational therapy, and the course work provides skills and knowledge beyond entry-level skills or knowledge. The required documentation for this activity is a transcript.

Publications. The required documentation for this activity is a copy of the publication.

Presentations. The required documentation for this activity is a copy of the presentation or program listing. Any particular presentation may be reported only once per reporting period.

Interactive online courses and evidence-based competency assessments. The required documentation for this activity is a certificate or documentation of completion.

Development of instructional materials incorporating alternative media such as video, audio and/or software programs to advance professional skills of others. The required documentation for this activity is a program description. The media/software materials must be available if requested during audit process.

Professional manuscript review. The required documentation for this activity is a letter from the publishing organization verifying review of manuscript. A maximum of five (5) hours is allowed per renewal period for this category.

Guest lecturer for occupational therapy related academic course work (academia not primary role). The required documentation for this activity is a letter or other documentation from instructor.

Serving on a professional board, committee, disciplinary panel, or association. The required documentation for this activity is a letter or other documentation from the organization. A maximum of five (5) hours is allowed per renewal period for this category.

Level II fieldwork direct supervision of an occupational therapy student or occupational therapy assistant student by site designated supervisor(s). The required documentation for this activity is the name of student(s), letter of verification from school, and dates of fieldwork.

What type of approval is needed for the courses?

Continuing education acceptable to the Board includes, but is not limited to, programs or activities sponsored by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), the Idaho Occupational Therapy Association (IOTA), or National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT); post-professional coursework completed through any approved or accredited educational institution; or otherwise meet all of the following criteria:

    • The program or activity contributes directly to professional knowledge, skill, and ability;
    • The program or activity relates directly to the practice of occupational therapy; and
    • The program or activity must be objectively measurable in terms of the hours involved.

What type of courses or activities are not allowed?

N/A

What are the reporting requirements?

The licensee must attest, as part of the annual license renewal process, that the licensee is in compliance with the continuing education requirement.

How long must continuing education records be retained?

A licensee must maintain documentation verifying that the licensee has completed the continuing education requirement for a period of four (4) years from the date of completion.

Waiver

A licensee may request an exemption from the continuing education requirement for a particular renewal period for reasonable cause. The licensee must provide any information requested by the Board to assist in substantiating the licensee’s need for a claimed exemption.

Audit

A licensee must submit the verification documentation to the Board if the licensee is audited by the Board. A percentage of occupational therapists and certified occupational therapy assistants will be audited every year. Documentation for all activities must include licensee’s name, date of activity or when course was completed, provider name, course title, description of course/activity, and number of contact hours.

Reference

IDAPA 24.06.025

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