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Rhode Island OT Continuing Education

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

Occupational Therapists: OTs licensed in Rhode Island must complete twenty (20) hours of continuing education every two (2) years.

New Licensees: OTs or OTAs initially licensed during the two (2) year period preceding license renewal shall have their credits for continuing education prorated according to the time actually licensed during the two (2) year period.

OTAs: OTAs licensed in Rhode Island must complete twenty (20) hours of continuing education every two (2) years.

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?


Earned Credit

Category I: Formal continuing education program that may consist of university courses, workshops, in-service programs, and/or institutes.

Credit: One (1) continuing education contact hour for each hour attended.

Category II: Professional continuing education activities and scientific meetings and self-directed continuing education activities that may consist of local, regional, national symposia, colloquia, journal clubs, self- study courses, etc.

Credit: One (1) continuing education contact hour for each hour attended or One (1) competency assessment unit (CAU) for each hour completed.

Category III: Formal presentations (including clinical instruction).

Credit: Two (2) hours of continuing education contact hours for each hour of instruction; four (4) hours of continuing education contact hours for two (2) hours of instruction; five (5) hours of continuing education contact hours for three (3) hours of instruction; up to a maximum of five (5) hours of continuing education contact hours.

Category IV: Exceptional contributions to professional development that may consist of written publications.

Credit: Continuing education contact hours shall be awarded for each written publication as listed below:

Book: ten (10) continuing education contact hours;

Juried article: eight (8) continuing education contact hours;

Book chapter: five (5) continuing education contact hours;

Non-juried article (must be published in a national publication in order to receive CE credit): four (4) continuing education contact hours.

What type of approval is needed for the courses?

Activities offered by the American Occupational Therapy Association or American Occupational Therapy Association approved providers, Rhode Island Occupational Therapy Association, National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, university courses, and/or self-study courses.

What type of courses or activities are not allowed?


What are the reporting requirements?

It shall be the sole responsibility of the individual occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant to obtain documentation (e.g., course descriptions, proof of attendance) from the sponsoring organization, agency, or institution of his/her participation in a continuing education program and/or activity. 

How long must continuing education records be retained?

Documents shall be retained by each licensee for no less than four (4) years and are subject to random audit by the Department.


The Board, at its discretion, may grant one of the following to an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant for reasons of hardship or other extenuating circumstances:

    • An extension of time to complete the continuing education requirements;
    • A variance from the continuing education requirements;
    • A waiver from the continuing education requirements.





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