Frequently Asked Questions

What resources can you provide about maintaining accreditation during the COVID-19 pandemic?


Please read our guidance to programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and FAQ document (which has been updated as of April 1, 2020). These resources are focused on OTA & PTA educators’ concerns about maintaining Accreditation Status, specifically related to required fieldwork hours and Substantive Change Reporting.

COVID-19 Changes to OTA & PTA EAP Standards and Policies Guidance for Education Programs

Frequently Asked Questions on the COVID-19 - Changes to the OTA & PTA EAP Standards and Policies Guidance for Education Programs


You may also wish to review a video replay of our March 27, 2020 Information Session for programs.


What steps should an education program take to become accredited?

I am an OTA & PTA student (or thinking of enrolling in an OTA/PTA program). What does accreditation mean for me?


I am an Occupational Therapist/Physiotherapist/OTA/PTA who trained outside of Canada. Can you assist me to become qualified to work in Canada?

    The OTA & PTA EAP is not involved in accrediting/licensing/registration for individuals. We accredit education programs only. Occupational Therapist Assistants and Physiotherapist Assistants do not require a specific license, registration or accreditation to work in Canada. The requirements will vary depending on the province and the prospective employer.

What is the OTA & PTA EAP's policy regarding distributed education/multi-campus programs?

How does the OTA & PTA EAP determine accreditation status?
Can the OTA & PTA EAP's accreditation decision be appealed?
What changes must an education program report to maintain accreditation status?
What information regarding accreditation must an education program publish?
What happens if an education program misses a deadline?
What are the current accreditation fees?

What should be considered when an OTA/PTA supervises an OTA/PTA student on placement?

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