At this time we regret to announce that we are canceling the Spring conference on Friday, March 20th. This was a careful decision made by the CO-chairs and Secretary-treasurer due to the pandemic of COVID-19. We understand that this may cause a problem for those OTs needing hours in order to renew your State and national license. We apologize for this inconvenience. The Secretary of State was called today by one of the CO-chairs and was told that each licensee can petition the board for an exception of extending the licensure deadline if they need to. They also said to keep an eye on the licensure boards’ website to see if a change has been made. There is also a list of live webinars below that are available between now and the end of the month. Lastly, there are two options for the money paid for this conference. Members may choose a refund or to apply their money towards the fall conference.
Here’s the link from the GA Licensure board for OT:
A license issued by the Board shall expire on March 31st of even-numbered years. The license may be renewed upon submission of the renewal application and payment of the required fee, provided all requirements have been met. Refer to the fee schedule.
A license that is not renewed on or before March 31st of the renewal year shall be deemed lapsed. An application for reinstatement shall be required as provided for in Rule 671-3-.09 in order to seek reinstatement of a lapsed license to practice in this State. Practicing with an expired license is prohibited by law and practice during this period may result in disciplinary action for unlicensed practice.
Before or on March 31, 2014, and for renewal cycles after that date, the continuing education requirements contained in this rule will be required for the renewal or reinstatement of a license. Except as otherwise provided, each licensee is required to complete during each two (2) year renewal period a minimum of twenty-four (24) continuing education hours prior to the expiration date of the license. Failure to complete continuing education prior to expiration date can result in disciplinary action. Acceptable professional continuing education activities shall include activities relevant to occupational therapy practice that can be deemed to update or enhance the knowledge and skills required for competent performance beyond entry-level occupational therapy. A cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) course may not be submitted to satisfy any of the continuing education requirements or employer-sponsored compliance coursework. A continuing education hour is defined as actual time spent in instruction or organized learning experiences excluding meals, breaks, welcome/introductions, and business meetings.
At least twelve (12) hours of the required twenty-four (24) continuing education hours must be on a topic related to direct patient care. This includes occupational therapy assessment, treatment planning, occupational therapy implementation, and diagnostic related information. This must include attendance at live presentations such as workshops, seminars, conferences, or formal academic coursework, or real-time, interactive webinars. To qualify as a real-time, interactive webinar, the licensee must have the ability to ask questions, receive an answer, and interact with other attendees at the time the session is taking place. It may not be a pre-recorded session.
Each licensee must complete a minimum of two (2) hours of the required twenty-four (24) continuing education hours in the ethics of occupational therapy practice. These hours may be obtained online.
A maximum of ten (10) of the required twenty-four (24) can be in "General" continuing education hours may be obtained by Level II fieldwork supervision, published professional writing and instructional presentations, pre-recorded electronic or web-based courses, formal self-study courses, satellite broadcasts, computer learning activities, webinars, or viewing videotapes in a professional setting. These hours may also be related to administration, supervision, documentation, quality assurance and research.
Here are links to live webinars. Some may be as soon as tomorrow.
Live webinars for OT