Registration Overview

Registration Deadline for the 2017 OTepp Certificate Program is February 2nd, 2018.

Registration deadlines for individual courses:

  • Course 1 - Managing Practice, Responsibility, and Professional Development: February 2nd, 2018
  • Course 2 - Communication, Collaboration, and Practice Knowledge:  March 2nd, 2018
  • Course 3 - Understanding Evidence and Using It in Practice:  March 30th, 2018
  • Course 4 - Clinical Reasoning and Critical Thinking in a Practice Process: May 4th, 2018
  • Course 5 - Supervised Practicum: All pre-practicum tasks must be completed by June 1st, 2018.  

Students must achieve a grade of C- or greater for Courses 1 through 4 and have completed all pre-practicum tasks by the deadline before proceeding to supervised practicum.

To apply:

Please submit the following:

  1. Completed application form.
  2. Recommendation from a provincial regulatory body or ACOTRO.  OTepp will consider other applications on a case by case basis.
  3. Proof of English proficiency. This is not required if your first language is English and/or your OT training was in English.
  4. Confidentiality agreement
  5. Résumé
  6. Deposit of $500.00 in the form of cheque or money order payable to McMaster University after you receive an email confirming that your application has been accepted.  OTepp does not accept credit cards at this time.

The first five documents listed are to be mailed or emailed to Nancy Lidstone.    Mail your cheque or money order to:

Nancy Lidstone
OTepp, School of Rehabilitation Science
IAHS, Room 403
McMaster University
1400 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 1C7

After your application is approved, an intake interview either in person or by telephone will be scheduled.  You will need a computer with Internet access.  The entire process will take approximately one hour.  

Additional details

OTepp hours are recognized towards currency hours by certain provincial regulatory organizations. Please contact your respective provincial regulatory organization to inquire about the currency hours you require and to determine whether these hours are acceptable to that regulatory organization.  Successful completion of all five courses will lead to a certificate from McMaster University.

All OTepp courses are offered online for distance students as well as face-to-face at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Applicants who are living outside of Canada but meet the eligibility criteria may also join OTepp.

Students who register to take part in the OTepp Certificate Program will be expected to join two classes per week (3 hours each), plus spend up to an additional 12 hours per week on homework and assignments to meet the requirements of each course. The amount of preparation time may vary for each individual. Students who do not meet this standard may be asked to withdraw from the OTepp Certificate Program.  Students must successfully complete Courses 1 through 4 to participate in Course 5.  This includes receiving passing grades (C- or 60%)  on all assignments for Courses 1 through 4.  You cannot register for or complete Course 5 Supervised Practicum without having successfully completed Courses 1 through 4 first.

Tuition and Financial Resources

Financial resources

IAF Canada  lends to skilled immigrants who cannot pay for the accreditation/training they need to work in their field in Canada.  Visit their website at IAF Canada to see if you qualify.

The Yukon IEHP Bursary is available to IEHPs who have lived in Yukon for a minimum of three months. The fund covers up to 66% of eligible expenses per year such as competency assessment fees, registration fees for bridging programs, attendance at one language proficiency test, etc. 

On February 22, 2012, HRSDC (now ESDC) officially launched the Foreign Credential Recognition Loans Pilot to help internationally trained individuals cover the cost of licensing exams, training, skills upgrading and other costs encountered during the foreign credential recognition process.  To search available resources, click here.

OBPAP:  For participants in Ontario, the Ontario Bridging Participant Assistant Program (OBPAP) provides bursaries of up to $5,000 to cover direct education costs (tuition, books and equipment) for students attending non-OSAP approved, current or former Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI) funded bridge training programs. The completed application form should be sent to:

Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships
McMaster University
Gilmour Hall, Room 120
1280 Main St. W
Hamilton, ON  L8S 4L8

Visit the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities OBPAP FAQ page for more information.

Tuition

OTepp Certificate Program:  $8,795.00 in Canadian funds payable to McMaster University by cheque or money order.  

Individual Courses:  $2,500.00 in Canadian funds payable to McMaster University by cheque or money order. 
 

Write “OTepp” on the front or back of your payment.  There is a charge of $25 for NSF cheques.  Do not send payment until after you receive an official email confirming that your application has been accepted. Send fees directly to the attention of Nancy Lidstone at OTepp:

Nancy Lidstone
Program coordinator
OTepp, School of Rehabilitation Science
IAHS, Room 403
McMaster University
1400 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON  L8S 1C7

NOTE: A minimum of ten (10) students is required to run the OTepp Certificate Program. If a full cohort is not achieved and the program is cancelled, your entire deposit will be refunded.

Tuition fees cover all academic instruction, the course handbook and learning resource package. As a student in the OTepp Certificate Program you are responsible for payment of the tuition fees for all courses you register for unless you withdraw prior to the deadlines specified below (to be announced).  Fees for textbooks, microphone headsets, pre-practicum tasks (such as immunization, vulnerable sector screen and criminal record check), travel and parking are the responsibility of the student.  

NOTE: The OTepp program reserves the right to alter fees as required.

Eligibility

Those who may apply to OTepp include:

  • internationally educated occupational therapists (IEOTs)
  • re-entry candidates
  • domestic graduates

OTepp will accept IEOTs who have been recommended by ACOTRO via the Substantial Equivalency Assessment System (SEAS) to complete one or more OTepp courses.   Other applications may be considered on a case-by case basis. Enquiries about eligibility should be directed to OTepp.

Application Form

OTepp Application Form

If you cannot submit the online form, download the OTepp Application Form 2017 (Microsoft Word), complete and email to ​OTepp.

Contact Information

Education

Eligibility

Have you initiated contact with ACOTRO to start your SEAS assessment?
Have you received eligibility to write the National Occupational Therapy Certification Exam?
Is English your first language?
Was your OT training completed in English?

If no, proof of language proficiency is required and must be attached if an applicant's first language is not English, or if the language of OT instruction was not English. OTepp will accept score reports from Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), and TESTCan. ACOTRO's list of acceptable scores

Courses

Do you intend to attend face-to-face or online (real-time web conferencing)?
Check the courses you wish to take:
If you plan to enroll in the 8-week practicum, be advised that a current criminal record check with vulnerable population screen, TB clearance and immunizations are required before you will be cleared to go on placement. You should plan to have documentation available no later than June 30.
Proof of English Language Proficiency

Not required if your first language is English or your OT training was in English (evidence is required that your program was taught in English)

Referral from SEAS

If you wish to enroll independently of a recommendation from ACOTRO (SEAS) or a provincial regulatory body, please contact OTepp first.

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