Registration Overview

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Registration Deadline for the 2020 OTepp Certificate Program is February 14, 2021.

Registration deadlines for individual courses:

  • OTEPP 1A02 - Managing Practice, Responsibility, and Professional Development: February 14, 2021
  • OTEPP 1B02 - Communication, Collaboration, and Practice Knowledge:  March 15, 2021
  • OTEPP 1C02 - Understanding Evidence and Using It in Practice:  April 15, 2021
  • OTEPP 1D02 - Clinical Reasoning and Critical Thinking in a Practice Process: Fall Term:  October 1, 2021 / Spring term: May 15, 2021
  • OTEPP 1E02 - Supervised Practicum: All pre-practicum tasks must be completed by June 15, 2021.  

Students must achieve a grade of C- or greater for Courses 1 through 4 (OTEPP 1A02 through OTEPP 1D02) 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. Résumé or CV.
  5. 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 four 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 in real time (web conferencing). 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.

Immigration status:  OTepp is a transition program for internationally educated occupational therapists who are actively seeking licensure and occupational therapy employment in Canada and therefore does not admit on students on student visas.  Applicants must have either permanent resident status or Canadian citizenship.  Note:  OTs in countries other than Canada may attend Courses 1 through 3 online if they wish to learn about Canadian practice, but may not access Course 4 or the supervised practicum.

Tuition and Financial Resources

Financial resources

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

OBPAP:  Ontario residents may be eligible for a $5,000 bursary from The Ontario Bridging Participant Assistance Program.  UPDATE:  Application deadline for the current year is March 15, 2019.

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.



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.


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.

OTepp Application Form

Contact Information



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



All courses (with the exception of the supervised practicum itself, of course) are delivered online in real-time web conferencing format.  You will need a good Internet connection and microphone/headphones in order to participate.

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.

Resume or CV
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