The most recent BLS data shows that California employs 9,250+ OTs and OTAs. Additionally this job sector is expected to grow 33% through 2020. The Board of Occupational Therapy regulates all OTA license applicants. Graduating from an accredited OTA program before applying for your OTA license is required in California. Make sure you meet all the eligibility requirements in the table below before applying because fees are non-refundable.
More OTA Info for California:
OTA License Requirement
Required in California?
|Complete Accredited OTA Program from ACOTE certified school||Yes|
|Submit proof of at least 16 weeks of supervised field experience & name of supervisor||Yes|
|Provide transcripts qualifying education||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|
|Provide photograph for license (passport style)||Yes|
|Submit fingerprint card||Yes|
|Complete California OTA License Application & Pay Fee||Yes, fees vary monthly|
|Complete professional development units every 12 months||Yes, 12 units|
California OTA License Application
For detailed information and instructions to become an OTA in California, 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.
California Board of Occupational Therapy Contact Info
California Board of Occupational Therapy
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 2250
Sacramento, CA 95815
Telephone: (916) 263-2294
Fax: (916) 263-2701
Why Be an OTA in California?
In addition to California being one of the most gorgeous and sought after states in the U.S. there are a number of reasons you would want to consider an OTA career in CA.
- If you’re a prospective OTA student, then there are some great California OTA schools for you to checkout.
- California offers some of the highest salaries compared to other states when it comes to OTA salaries, checkout average OTA salaries in California.