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Montana OT Continuing Education

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

Occupational Therapists: OTs licensed in Montana must complete ten (10) hours of continuing education (CE) annually.

New Licensees: N/A

OTAs: OTAs licensed in Montana must complete ten (10) hours of continuing education (CE) annually.

How is credit hour defined?


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


Are there any specific requirements for continuing education?


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

Through college course work, according to the following limitations:

    • The licensee must pass the course;
    • One (1) semester credit shall equal fifteen (15) contact hours of CE; and
    • One (1) quarter credit shall equal ten (10) contact hours of CE.

By teaching courses or making professional presentations, according to the following limitations:

    • Two (2) contact hours shall be awarded for every hour of presentation;
    • Documentation must be submitted in the form of an agenda or outline showing the licensee as instructor or presenter of the course;
    • The course must be germane to the profession;
    • Credit for instruction of any course or topic of presentation may be submitted for continuing education only once; and
    • Individuals employed by universities and colleges may not claim credit units in this category for conducting courses that are a part of the regular course offering of those institutions, even if those courses are offered in the evening or summer.

For apprenticeships involving supervised clinical experience aimed at return to practice or developing specialized skills in occupational therapy, according to the following limitations:

    • Ten (10) contact hours shall be credited for each forty (40) hour week;
    • There is no limit to the amount of contact hours that can be earned under this category;
    • documentation must be submitted in the form of a signed letter from the clinical supervisor describing the length and type of educational experiences, and an evaluation of the practitioner's performance; and
    • Apprenticeships must be served under the supervision of an occupational therapist.

Reading books germane to the profession, according to the following limitations:

    • One (1) contact hour shall be credited for each book or article up to a maximum of four (4) contact hours per year; and
    • Documentation must be maintained in the form of a book review written by the licensee noting the author, title, publisher, and publishing date of the book or article.

Attending and participating in a live presentation (workshop, seminar, conference, in-service education program) or other CE activity requiring a formal assessment of learning (electronic or web-based courses, formalized self-study courses), according to the following limitations:

    • One (1) contact hour shall be awarded for every hour awarded by the provider;
    • There is no limit to the number of contact hours that can be earned under this category; and
    • Documentation must include a certificate of completion or similar document including course name, date, author/instructor, sponsoring organization, location, and number of hours attended.

Are there limitations on the types of courses that can be taken?


What type of approval is needed for the courses?

The board shall accept any CE offered or approved by the Montana Occupational Therapy Association, the American Occupational Therapy Association, the American Society of Hand Therapists, the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), or the American Journal of Occupational Therapy.

What type of courses or activities are not allowed?


What are the reporting requirements?

"Documentation" means evidence of successfully completing a formal instruction program and must include:

    • An official certificate of attendance or completion indicating:
    • Name or title of the course attended;
    • Number of hours of course instruction; and
    • Date(s) the course was attended; and
    • A course syllabus.

How long must continuing education records be retained?

The licensee shall maintain records and documentation of completed CE and make the records available upon board request.


A licensee may request an exemption from CE requirements due to physical disability or undue hardship. Requests will be considered by the board.


The board may randomly audit up to 50 percent of renewed licensees.


Mont. Admin. R. 24.165.2101

Mont. Admin. R. 24.165.2102

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