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Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, Georgia 31217-3858
Web Address: http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/36
Yes, if you meet the licensure requirements. You must hold a valid license issued by the Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy in order to practice in Georgia.
You must submit a completed application with the required nonrefundable application fee and meet the current licensure requirements. Please visit the Board’s website at http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/36 and review the policies, rules and Georgia law regulating the profession as well as the Fee Schedule for all fee requirements.
No. You cannot use your out of state license to practice in Georgia. You must hold a valid license issued by the Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy in order to practice in Georgia.
To be able to use physical agent modalities, or any occupational therapy techniques involving physical agent modalities, you must first have an additional board approved certification. Practicing and/or instruction of modalities is prohibited on a client even under supervision of a PAMS certified therapist until a “Certification in all Modalities” has been awarded. NO licensed OT/OTA may use modalities until “Certification in all Modalities” is awarded to a licensed individual by the Board.
You must currently hold a Georgia OT or OTA license (not a limited permit) and have completed the Physical Agent Modalities Board Application (which can be downloaded from the website) showing the following:
Once your application for initial licensure is complete, and all the supporting documents have been received, your application file will be reviewed within twenty-five (25) business days. If you meet the requirements and there are no grounds to delay processing, the license will be issued. Reinstatement applications must be reviewed by the Board; therefore, it is important to be cognizant of the board meeting dates and ensure that your application is complete at least two (2) weeks prior to that date.
DO NOT accept employment in Georgia prior to the issuance of a license to practice in this state.
You may check the status of an application, verify an active license or print a copy of your license once issued by visiting the website http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/36. You may also call the Board office at 478-207-2440.
The Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy may issue a limited permit to a person who has met the educational and experience requirements and is waiting to sit for the NBCOT examination. Please refer to Board rule 671-3-6 Limited Permit, and the Georgia Occupational Therapy Licensing Act § 43-28-12 (B). Both are available on the Board’s website, http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/36.
Address changes can be completed on the Board’s website http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/36 via the Online Services section, or you may also mail or fax in your request to the Board office. You must include your Occupational Therapy license number and a telephone number in case there are any questions. The Occupational Therapy Board’s fax number is 866-888-1308.
In order for the Board to change a name in the system you must submit to the Board a copy of your marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order. A copy of your driver’s license or social security card is not acceptable.
If you would like a new pocket card printed, please submit your written
request and the required $25.00 fee to
the Board. The mailing address is 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, GA 31217-3858.
Once your payment has been processed, you should receive a new license pocket
card within fifteen (15) business days.You may also print a copy of your license from the website http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/36.
You may print a copy of your license from the website http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/36 or by submitting a written request to the Board for a duplicate card to be mailed to you. Include your name, address, license number and the required $25.00 fee.
The Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy requires each licensed OT and OTA to complete continuing education. A minimum 24 contact clock hours of continuing education is required for every renewal. Fourteen of the hours must relate to direct “hands on” patient care. Up to 12 hours may be obtained using on-line or home-study courses. The remaining hours can be in any contact area related to occupational therapy practice including but not limited to supervision, education, documentation, quality assurance, and administration. The Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy requires each licensed OT and OTA to complete up to 2 hours in Ethics, every two years or per each renewal period.
Licensees cannot obtain direct "hands on" credit from electronic or web based courses, formal self-study courses, satellite broadcasts, computer learning activities, webinars, or viewing videotapes in a professional setting.
Please refer to Rule 671-3-.08- Renewal of License/Penalties/Continuing Education Requirements for additional information.
All OT and OTA licenses expire on March 31st of all even numbered years. You are responsible for renewing your license during the renewal period prior to the expiration date. You will be notified by e-mail when the renewal goes 'live". If you do not have an e-mail address on file, a postcard will be forwarded to your address of record.
Yes, an OTA can work while the OT is not physically present in the building. Please refer to Rules 671-2-.02 – Supervision Defined and 671-2-.03- Direct Supervision Defined for additional information.
This is determined by the facilities policy and the reimbursing agent’s policy. Please review both policies for further information.
The Board no longer pre-approves any continuing education courses or continuing education providers. Applicants and licensees are encouraged to review Board Rule 671-3-.08 regarding acceptable categories for professional continuing education activities.
If you are interested in offering a CE course, please contact the Georgia Occupational Therapy Association (GOTA) at 1-770-435-5910 or view their website www.gaota.com.
Please review the American Occupational Therapy Association’s website (www.aota.org) for their guidelines and procedures. In addition, review your school’s policy and procedures on providing occupational therapy services to students within the school systems.
The Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy does not issue "letters of good standing." If another licensing authority or employer requires an official statement about the status of a license in this state, the licensee must complete the "Duplicate License - License Verification Request Form" located under the Application/Forms downloads section of the website and submit it along with the applicable fee to the board office. The license verification request will be processed and forwarded to the entity indicated on the form.
O.C.G.A. § 50-13-9.1 Allows for an applicant and/or entity to petition the Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy to vary (modify) or waive (not apply) all or part of a rule requirement in their particular situation. In order for a rule or portion thereof to be varied or waived, the petitioner must be able to demonstrate strict application of rule can lead to unreasonable, uneconomical, and unintended results in the petitioner’s particular instance. The statute also allows for the the Board to grant a variance or waiver when the petitioner is able to demonstrates that the purpose of the underlying statute upon which the rule is based can be or has been achieved by other specific means which are agreeable to the person seeking the variance or waiver and that strict application of the rule would create a substantial hardship to such person.
If an applicant and/or entity desires to make such a petition, you must download and complete a Petition for Rule Variance or Waiver form and submit it along with any supporting documentation to the Board for consideration. You may download the instructions and form by visiting the Application/Form Downloads section on the home page of the Board website.
Please be aware that a failure to properly complete the form and submit the documentation supporting your statements within the petition may result in the denial of the request based on insufficient evidence to substantiate that the application of the rule in your circumstance will cause a hardship.
The petition will be posted for a minimum of fifteen (15 days) on the GeorgiaNet Public Registry and petitioners may conduct a search for their petition on http://services.georgia.gov/sos/sosrw/searchHome.do . Please note that any member of the public, including interested parties, shall have the opportunity to submit written comments in support of or against proposed variances or waivers prior to the Board decision. The Board has up to sixty (60) days from receipt of the petition to render a decision to either grant or deny the petition. The petitioner will be notified in writing of the Board’s decision and the written statement will include relevant facts and the reasons for the Board’s action.