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Wisconsin OT Continuing Education

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

Occupational Therapists: Twenty-four (24) points

New Licensees:  During the time between initial licensure and commencement of a full 2−year licensure period, new licensees shall not be required to meet continuing education requirements

OTAs: Twenty-four (24) points

How long is the reporting period?

Two (2) years.

Are there any specific requirements for continuing education?

At least twelve (12) of the points shall be accumulated through professional development activities related to occupational therapy.

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

Professional Development Activities

Points Earned

Attendance at academic credit courses.

Four (4) points per academic credit.

Attendance at seminars, workshops, lectures, professional conferences, interactive online courses and video courses.

One (1) point per contact hour of attendance.

Satisfactory completion of a self−study course approved by the American occupational therapy association (AOTA) or other related recognized professional associations.

Four (4) points per continuing education unit.

Satisfactory completion of an AOTA continuing education article (review and examination).

One (1) point per article.

Attendance at employer−provided continuing education, including video and non−interactive online courses.

One (1) point per contact hour of attendance.

Initial completion of specialty board certification in occupational therapy, including but not limited to certification in neurorehabilitation, pediatrics, hand therapy, gerontology, driver rehabilitation, advanced practice, neuro−developmental treatment, case management, and rehabilitation counseling.

Twelve (12) points.

Authorship of a book in occupational therapy or a related professional area.

Twelve (12) points.

Publication of one or more chapters of a book in occupational therapy or a related professional area.

Six (6) points.

Publication of an article in a non−peer−reviewed publication, such as OT Practice, SIS Quarterly, and Advance.

Four (4) points.

Publication of an article in peer−reviewed professional publications, including journals, book chapters, and research papers.

Six (6) points.

Development of alternative media materials, including computer software, programs and video instructional material.

Six (6) points.

Development of a quality assurance study for clinical program improvement.

Six (6) points.

Professional presentations.

Two (2) points per contact hour

Providing or pursuing professional mentoring for skill advancement in occupational therapy.

One (1) point for each two (2) contact hours.

Student fieldwork supervision − Level I

Two (2) points.

Student fieldwork supervision − Level II

Eight (8) points.

Reimbursement or ethics courses.

One (1) point per contact hour

What are the reporting requirements?

Each holder of a license as an occupational therapist shall, at the time of applying for renewal of a license of registration, certify that he or she has, in the two (2) years preceding the renewal application, completed at least twenty-four (24) points of acceptable continuing education

How long must continuing education records be retained?

Evidence of compliance with this section such as certificates of completion shall be retained by each license holder through the biennium following the biennium for which credit is required for renewal of license.

Waiver

A licensee may apply to the board for a postponement or waiver of the requirements of this section on the grounds of prolonged illness, disability, or other grounds constituting hardship. The board shall consider each request individually on its merits and may grant a postponement, partial waiver, or total waiver of the requirements.

Audit

The board may require any license holder to submit evidence of compliance with this section to the board for an audit at any time during the biennium following the biennium for which credit is required for license renewal.

Citation

Wis. Admin. Code Trans. OT 3.06

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