Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand

I am a Practitioner

What you need to know before you practise

As a practitioner in Aotearoa New Zealand, you’re responsible for making sure you’re registered while you’re practising. You gain registration with us, the Occupational Therapy Board. We ensure the public’s safety by ensuring you’re competent and fit to practise.

You’re also required to hold an annual Practising Certificate. You’ll need to re-certify for this each year. To re-certify, your ePortfolio information must be up to date and you’ll need to show your continued development against our competencies.

Once we’ve granted you registration and issued you a Practising Certificate, you’re legally allowed to work as an occupational therapist in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Practising Certificate Renewal 

myOTBNZ user guide (PDF, 360KB, 5 pages)
How to use myOtbnz for practitioners.

Practising Certificate Application Form (DOC, 379KB, 10 pages)
This form can be used to make a practising certificate application if you are unable to make an online application.

Practising Certificate Renewal Policy (PDF 358KB, 5 pages)
Our policy for renewing your practising certificate.

Late Practising Certificate Renewal Policy (PDF, 307KB, 3 pages)
Our Policy for late renewal of your practising certificate.

Policy on when Registration and a Practising Certificate are required (PDF, 415KB, 9 pages)
Our policy to give you guidance on when registration and a practising certificate is required.

Supervision and Conditions

Supervision Requirements for Occupational Therapists (PDF, 850KB, 16 pages)
Your guide to supervision as an Occupational Therapist.

Available Supervisors Directory (PDF, 629KB, 26 pages)
A list of Supervisors who wish to make their supervision services publicly available.

Removal of Condition Application Form (DOC, 416KB, 12 pages)
Use this form to apply for removal of a standard condition from your scope of practice.

Resources for safe practice

We’ve created a range of publications to help you provide a safe working environment and safe relationships for you, your co-workers and consumers. This section has some of the publications you’ll need, more can be found here.

General Scope of Practice (PDF, 185KB, 1 page)
The definition of Scope you work under as an occupational therapist and the qualifications you must have.

Code of Ethics (PDF, 649KB, 1 page)
The ethical standards for occupational therapists.

Professional Boundaries for Occupational Therapists – A Guide for Practitioners (PDF, 812KB, 11 pages)
Information and guidance on maintaining a professional relationship with your clients.

Competencies for Registration and Continuing Practice Handbook (PDF, 550KB, 12 pages)
Detailed information on the competencies required for registration and continuing practice as an Occupational Therapist in New Zealand.

Te Rito Bicultural Competency eLearning Modules
This online course is available to anyone who has a current practising certificate. Contact Terito@otboard.org.nz for your login details.

Other Resources 

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Andrew Charnock OTBNZ PowerPoint Presentation Slides

PowerPoint Slides 1-5 (PowerPoint, 8,618KB)

PowerPoint Slides 6-10 (PowerPoint, 18,456KB)

PowerPoint Slides 11-15 (PowerPoint, 5,313KB)

PowerPoint Slides 16-20 (PowerPoint, 8,143KB)

PowerPoint Slides 21-25 (PowerPoint, 15,102KB)

PowerPoint Slides 26-30 (PowerPoint, 1,641KB)

PowerPoint Slides 31-34 (PowerPoint, 913KB)