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Washington Occupational Therapy Exemption for Short-Term Practice

Exemption for short term practice

A person performing occupational therapy services in the state, if the services are performed for no more than ninety working days and if:

    • The person is licensed under the laws of another state which has licensure requirements at least as stringent as the requirements of this chapter, as determined by the board; or
    • The person has met commonly accepted standards for the practice of occupational therapy as specifically defined by the board.

To qualify for the exemption the individual claiming the exemption shall have been actively engaged in the practice of occupational therapy within the preceding four-year period and shall in writing notify the department, at least thirty days before any occupational therapy services are performed in this state, of the following:

    • In which state(s) the individual is licensed to perform occupational therapy services and the license number(s); and
    • The name, address, and telephone number of at least one facility or employer where the individual has been engaged in the practice of occupational therapy within the preceding four years; or
    • If the exemption is claimed the individual must submit a signed notarized statement attesting to:
      • Having passed the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy examination or its successor/predecessor organization; and
      • Having engaged in occupational therapy practice within the preceding four years, including the name, address, and telephone number of at least one facility or employer during this period;
      • Not having engaged in unprofessional conduct and
    • A signed notarized statement describing when the occupational therapy services will be performed, where the occupational therapy services will be performed, and how long the individual will be performing occupational therapy services in this state.

A ninety-day temporary permit must be received by the occupational therapist prior to rendering of occupational therapy services.


RCW 18.59.040

WAC 246-847-110

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