14 Oct 2016
Final-year students who will soon complete an approved program of study can go online now to apply for registration before they graduate.
Graduates need to be registered with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (the Board) before they start practising.
Graduates must make an application for general registration and meet the Board’s registration requirements to be a registered occupational therapist.
Registration standards that relate to the new graduate are:
Applicants must also undertake to meet the Board’s continuing professional development (CPD) requirements, including a minimum 30 hours of CPD in each registration year.
The online graduate application service on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website helps to smooth the path from study to work by enabling students to apply for registration four to six weeks before completing their course.
All applicants must send some supporting documents to AHPRA by mail to complete their application. AHPRA sends applicants a Next steps checklist email to help with this step after an online application is received. If supporting documents are not supplied within 30 days of when a graduate applies online their application may be withdrawn.
A short, animated video for graduates will be published soon. It will outline the standards that must be met to become registered and also the professional standards expected of the profession in order to stay registered. Look out for a news item about this on the Board’s website in coming weeks.
Graduates are encouraged to find out how to use the online graduate application service by accessing the information on the AHPRA website under Graduate applications.
There are three simple steps to registration for graduates:
A student’s application for registration is assessed while AHPRA waits for the education provider to advise that the student is eligible to graduate. AHPRA contacts the student if more information is needed and/or to confirm that registration has been granted.
New graduates registered with the Board are eligible to start work as soon as their name is published on the national register of practitioners.