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Washington Occupational Therapy License by Endorsement

Applicants Currently Licensed in other States or Territories

Before licensure may be extended to any individual currently licensed to practice as an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant in another state, the District of Columbia, or a territory of the United States the following conditions must be met:

    • Evidence of having met the requirements for licensure as provided in RCW 18.59.050; and
    • Verification of current licensure from any state, the District of Columbia, or a territory of the United States on forms provided by the secretary; and
    • Verification of having passed the examination as defined in WAC 246-847-080; and
    • Evidence of having been actively engaged in the practice of occupational therapy within the preceding four (4) year period.

If the applicant has not been actively engaged in the practice of occupational therapy within the past four years, the following conditions must be met:

  • Evidence of having taken and passed the examination as defined in WAC 246-847-080 within the previous two-year period and documentation of thirty (30) hours of continued competency as described in WAC 246-847-065 for the previous two (2) year period; or
  •  Evidence of having successfully completed a board approved educational program specifically designed for occupational therapists or occupational therapy assistants preparing for reentry into the field of occupational therapy.

The applicant may be required to appear before the board for oral interview.

Practice Prior to 1984

An applicant seeking waiver of the education and experience requirements shall submit the following as proof of actual practice:

    • Applicant's affidavit containing the following information:
      • Location and dates of employment between June 7, 1981 and June 7, 1984;
      • Description of capacity in which applicant was employed, including job title and description of specific duties;
      • Description of nature of clientele; and
      • Name and title of direct supervisor.
    • Written job description.
    • Affidavit from employer(s), from June 7, 1981 through June 7, 1984, containing the following information:
      • Dates of applicant's employment,
      • Description of applicant's specific duties, and
      • Employer's title.
      • After reviewing the information submitted, the board may require submission of additional information if the board deems additional information necessary for purposes of clarifying the information previously submitted.
      • The proof of actual practice shall be submitted to the board's office no later than March 1, 1985.


RCW 18.59.070

WAC 246-847-090

WAC 246-847-125

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