Recent BLS data shows that Illinois pays OTAs a higher average salary than the US average. Furthermore, there are 4,200+ OTs and OTAs licensed in Illinois and the field is expected to grow 33% by 2020. All OTA licensing in Illinois is regulated by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). Below are the requirements to become a licensed OTA in Illinois.
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OTA License Requirement
Required in Illinois?
|Complete Accredited OTA Program from AOTE certified school & submit transcripts||Yes|
|Submit proof of at least 3 months of supervised field experience & name of supervisor||Yes|
|Pass the National Board of Occupational Therapist (NBCOT) COTA Exam||Yes, $555 in person/$515 online|
|Provide letter of verification from NBCOT||Yes|
|Pass criminal background check||Yes|
|Complete Illinois OTA License Application & Pay Fee||Yes, $25|
|Complete continuing education credits every two years||Yes, 24 CPE credit hours|
Illinois OTA License Application
For detailed information and instructions to become a OTA in Illinois, see the board’s Application form. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.
Illinois IDFPR OTA Contact Info
ATTN: Division of Professional Regulation
P.O. Box 7007
Springfield, IL 62791
Why Be a OTA in Illinois?
Illinois offers 7 OTA Programs for those considering an OTA education. Illinois also has many job opportunities for OTAs spanning a number of different industries and salaries are higher in Illinois than the US average. To learn more about being an OTA in Illinois, checkout these pages: