On September 1, 2021, the College implemented a requirement for a Vulnerable Sector Check as part of their application for registration.  Current registrants will be required to provide a Vulnerable Sector Check cyclically as requested by the College.  To register as an occupational therapist in Nova Scotia, all applicants must provide evidence as to whether you have been found guilty of any offence arising in any jurisdiction, including, any criminal offence, or any offence relating to the practice of occupational therapy. The College uses the results of the Vulnerable Sector Check to verify the applicant’s and registrant’s good conduct eligibility in fitting with the mandate of public protection. 

A conduct history does not automatically result in a denial of registration. However, there must be nothing in your previous conduct that will impact your ability to practice occupational therapy safely and ethically.  

Important Information: 

Depending on where you live, it may take 1 to 12 weeks, or longer, to obtain the results of a Vulnerable Sector Check. As registration will not be issued until results are received, we suggest applying for the Vulnerable Sector Check well in advance of your required registration date. The College accepts Vulnerable Sector Checks issued within the past three (3) months.  

  • The Vulnerable Sector Check must be completed on all the names you currently use and have used in the past. 

  • You are responsible for ensuring that the full legal name, previous names (if applicable) and date of birth on the Vulnerable Sector Check match the information provided to the College during the application process. If the information does not match, the Vulnerable Sector Check will not be accepted by the College. 

  • You are responsible for obtaining the correct type of Check and paying all related fees (including submitting to and paying for fingerprints, if required). 

  • The Vulnerable Sector Check must have been conducted no more than three months before the date of registration with the College. If you do not register within three months of the date the results were issued by the police, you will be required to submit an updated Vulnerable Sector Check. 

  • Current registrants will be required to provide a valid Vulnerable Sector Check every five (5) years.  The College will notify registrants when they are required to provide a new Vulnerable Sector Check. 

  • The results must be uploaded to your online application/profile.  Applicants/Registrants must be prepared to provide the original document to the College, if requested. 

  • You may also have the local police service send results directly to the College via e-mail (registrar@cotns.caor fax: 902-455-0621. 

How to obtain a Vulnerable Sector Check 

  • If you currently reside outside of Canada and are unable to obtain a Vulnerable Sector Check, please contact the College to determine the equivalent documentation at  admin@cotns.ca.