What's New?

This section covers the latest information about ACOTRO’s activities, including updates on our initiatives, job postings, and news.

Introducing the Substantial Equivalency Assessment System (SEAS)

We are pleased to announce a new process for assessing Internationally-Educated-Occupational Therapists (IEOTs) across Canada.  The Substantial Equivalency Assessment System, also known as SEAS, applies to anyone who received their occupational therapy education outside of Canada, including Canadians who travelled outside Canada to pursue their OT education. With SEAS, every IEOT wanting to work anywhere in Canada (except in Quebec, which has its own assessment process) will start their assessment process with ACOTRO.

ACOTRO launched SEAS on May 1, 2015.  Once applicants have been assessed through SEAS, and have been deemed substantially equivalent, they will be able to apply for registration with a provincial occupational therapy regulator. The respective colleges will grant access to the National Occupational Therapy Certification Examination (NOTCE), administered by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT). In other words, SEAS will be the first step in the registration process for anyone educated outside of Canada.

What is SEAS?

The Substantial Equivalency Assessment System is the process ACOTRO will use to evaluate the extent to which an IEOT’s educational qualifications and competencies are substantially equivalent to those of a Canadian-educated occupational therapist. 

SEAS has five main components:

  1. Academic Credential Assessment (ACA)
  2. SEAS Language Readiness
  3. Profession-Specific Credential Assessment (PSCA)
  4. Jurisprudence Knowledge Assessment Test (JKAT)
  5. Competency Assessment

Learn more about SEAS here.


  • Harmonizing Canadian standards and credentialing processes

    The Association of Canadian Occupational Therapy Regulatory Organizations (ACOTRO) provides leadership to its provincial regulatory members as they seek to advance excellence, transparency and accountability in OT regulation in Canada. In 2011, ACOTRO secured over $2 million from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada for a five-year, pan-Canadian initiative.

    Our goal? To create a common set of standards and tools in order to recognize and evaluate the qualifications and competencies of internationally-educated occupational therapists (IEOTs). The Harmonization Project represents the final phase of a three-phase harmonization initiative and is aimed at assessing the extent to which the education and training received by IEOTs is substantially equivalent to that received by Canadian educated OTs. Learn more about our projects.

Job Postings and Requests for Proposals

Media releases


  • We'll keep you posted on anything new. Stay tuned.