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Oregon OT Limited Permits

New Graduates

Students who have successfully completed the educational and field work requirements and students who receive their eligibility to take the NBCOT certification examination, but do not yet have their test results, may apply for a limited permit to practice occupational therapy under at least routine supervision of an Oregon licensed occupational therapist.

Persons practicing occupational therapy in another country who are graduates of a World Federation of Occupational Therapists’ approved school may apply for a limited permit. Applicants must present proof of eligibility to take the next certification exam.


    • Shall submit an application on a form provided by the Board with payment of a permit fee of $25;
    • Must submit an official transcript and/or other verification of having successfully completed academic and supervised field work requirements;
    • Must show evidence of being approved to take the next certification examination.

Exam Failure

A limited permit may not be issued to applicants who have taken and failed the certification examination, and limited permits may not be renewed.

A person who fails the exam must immediately surrender the limited permit upon receipt of examination scores.

The Board may grant an extension of a limited permit to persons who, because of extenuating circumstances, are unable to take the scheduled certification examination. Request must be made in writing to the Board.


An Oregon licensed occupational therapist must sign the limited permit application verifying a supervisory role to the applicant.  Routine supervision is required.

"Routine supervision" requires the supervisor to have direct contact in person at least every two (2) weeks at the work site or via telehealth with interim supervision occurring by other methods, such as telephone or written communication.


OAR 339-010-0040

OAR 339-010-0005

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