National Occupational Therapy Certification Exam (NOTCE) 


The purpose of the National Occupational Therapy Certification Examination (NOTCE) is to assess the written application of academic knowledge and professional behaviour of individuals entering the occupational therapy profession in Canada. Successful completion of the National Occupational Therapy Certification Examination allows candidates to meet:

  • a registration requirement for regulatory organizations (excluding Quebec). This may be subject to change, please consult your provincial regulator.
  • a criterion of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists membership ( Membership Details )

Occupational therapists are regulated health professionals in all Canadian provinces. Each province has a provincial regulatory organization responsible for regulating the practice of occupational therapy. Please contact the provincial regulatory organization for the province in which you wish to work to obtain its specific requirements.

There is no reciprocity amongst countries with regard to certification exams i.e. a successful outcome of the NOTCE will not allow you to practice in the US or elsewhere without meeting their requirements, including their certification exam. Click here for eligibility requirements.