Applicants who held a certificate with the College but surrendered for a period of time, will need to re-apply for a certificate of registration.


1.   Application for registration

Complete a re-activation application by entering the member login with your e-mail address on file with College.  Please do not complete another initial application form; if you cannot recall your e-mail on file, please contact the College.  The application form is a legal document. You must answer all sections completely and accurately.

Evidence Required:

3.   Compile required documentation

Applicants for re-registration must be able to demonstrate that they meet the following registration requirements:

a.   Demonstration of professional liability insurance

Every occupational therapist practising in Nova Scotia must have professional liability insurance coverage to a minimum of $5,000,000.00 with a legal expenses endorsement for investigation of complaints by a regulatory body prior to engaging in the practice of occupational therapy.

Professional liability insurance for OTs can be purchased through CAOT if you are a member of CAOT.  See the CAOT website for more information.  You may also purchase Professional liability insurance directly through an insurer such as AON Healthcare Advantage.

Many of the hospitals and health care agencies that employ occupational therapists purchase insurance that covers their employees while they are working for that agency. This type of insurance does not cover any services the OT provides as a volunteer or outside this practice setting.  You must ensure that this coverage includes a legal expenses endorsement for investigation of complaints by a regulatory body prior to engaging in the practice of occupational therapy.

Evidence Required:

b.   Demonstration of good conduct

The College has an obligation to protect the public and needs to be satisfied that you do not pose a danger to clients. You are required to declare any of the following:

Evidence Required:

c.   Currency hours

It is important that you practise occupational therapy in order to maintain your skills, and keep up-to-date with recent change in practice.  Applicants require 1200 hours in the past 5 years or 600 hours in the past 3 years.  If you have not met this requirement, you will need to complete a re-entry program.

Evidence Required:

d.   Payment of annual registration fee

The annual registration fee is $450.00  and the application fee for re-registration applicants is $25.00. The fee may be pro-rated should you wish to practice for 3 months or less in a given registration year (June - May).  Payment may be made by cheque, EFT (, credit card or money order, payable to the COTNS in Canadian funds.

4.   Membership with the Nova Scotia Society of Occupational Therapists

The Occupational Therapists Act Section 27(2) requires that all registrants with the College pay the membership fees of the Nova Scotia Society of Occupational Therapists within one month of their initial registration and subsequently on the Societies renewal date; 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 further details.

Evidence Required:

Completed Applications may require 10 business days to be processed.


You cannot begin working as an occupational therapist in Nova Scotia until you have received notice from the College that your application has been approved.