Annual Renewal Applications

Occupational therapists must apply for a new licence with the College of Occupational Therapists of Nova Scotia (COTNS) every year.

Occupational therapists’ licence year runs from June 1st to May 31st each year

Registrants will receive annual renewal information by e-mail in March. Renewals can be completed online from April 1st to May 31st by clicking on member login. To renew after May 31st please contact the College for assistance. A late penalty fee of $100.00 is applied to renewal applications completed after May 15th.

Prior to the renewing, registrants may be requested to submit and complete other requirements, including but not limited to, an E-learning module. Registrants are required to submit a Vulnerable Sector Check every five years with their renewal application.  If you're unsure what documents may be needed from you before you can renew your registration, contact the College,


Please Note:

As per section 27(2) of the Occupational Therapists Act, every member of the College is required to pay the annual membership dues to the Nova Scotia Society of Occupational Therapists (NSSOT); however, the College has determined that it does not have the legislative authority to enforce membership with the Society.  While the College recommends applicants and registrants maintain membership with the Society, the College will not deny or suspend registration for those applicants and registrants that choose not to pay the annual fee to the Society.  Please see this letter for more details.