The Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand (OTBNZ) is a health regulatory authority. We ensure the safety of consumers using occupational therapy services. We do this by making sure all occupational therapists meet the specifications of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003.
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The registration team is working to register new 2015 graduates of occupational therapy programmes from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and the Otago Polytechnic School of Occupational Therapy. We are ensuring they are fit and competent to practice before issuing their registration and an annual practicing certificate.
If you’re a new graduate Congratulations on your new qualifications. The process to become registered with the Board can be found on are I am studying to be an Occupational Therapist in the How to Become Registered section.
For non-new graduate applicants awaiting registration and practitioners already registered with us who are awaiting information and decisions from us please note we may require additional time to get back to you during this busy time of year. Your request is important to us and we will try to get back to you as soon as possible. Should you have questions or concerns please contact us.
Our offices will close at 4:30 pm on Wednesday, 23 December 2015 for the holiday period. We will reopen on Tuesday, 5 January 2016.
If you would like to know if an occupational therapist is registered please search our register
Occupational Therapist from Wellington Occupational Therapist at Hawkes Bay District Health Board Layperson from Hamilton Occuaptional Therapist at Auckland District Health Board Occupational Therapist from the Waikato Layperson from Auckland Occupational Therapist from Auckland Occupational Therapist from Dunedin
Colleen NaughtonDeputy Chair
Occupational Therapist from Wellington
Occupational Therapist at Hawkes Bay District Health Board
Layperson from Hamilton
Occuaptional Therapist at Auckland District Health Board
Occupational Therapist from the Waikato
Layperson from Auckland
Occupational Therapist from Auckland
Occupational Therapist from Dunedin
The Board is appointed in accordance with the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003.
If you would like to contact a Board member please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The main things we’re responsible for are:
- setting qualifications needed for becoming an occupational therapist
- setting standards for the clinical competence, cultural competence, and ethical conduct of occupational therapists
- registering occupational therapists, and recertifying them each year
- reviewing and ensuring the competence of occupational therapists.
More detail on what we’re responsible for is listed in section 118 of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003.