Licensing & Certification

Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants must be licensed to practice occupational therapy in New Mexico. All OTs and OTAs must have had initial certification or registration through the National Board of Certification for Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Candidates for licensing must also pass a jurisprudence examination and pay all fees required by the state. Follow these convenient links for more information:


New Mexico Occupational Therapy Licensure Application Process Checklist

             (Developed by the New Mexico Occupational Therapy Association)


New Mexico Regulation and Licensing (NM RLD) website

- Board of Examiners for Occupational Therapy

National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)

NM OT/OTA License Renewal Process - Continuing Education Requirements: 

Every licensed occupational therapist and occupational therapy assistant must earn a minimum of twenty (20) continuing education contact hours per year during each year of licensure.  Continuing education contact hours must be earned prior to license renewal the following year.  The first year during which twenty (20) contact hours must be earned is the year beginning on October 1st following license issuance and ending on the following September 30th.  Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants licensed during the first year will be expected to pay the annual renewal fee and may submit continuing education contact hours during this first year for carryover.  A maximum of twenty (20) contact hours may be carried over. A renewal notice will be mailed to each licensee at least thirty (30) days prior to the expiration date of the license. Licenses may be renewed via an on-line renewal application through the board’s on-line professional licensing system or by regular mail, and must include the applicable annual renewal fee, and proof of continuing education requirements pursuant to regulations of the board.

The NMOTA does not license OT/As.

Please refer to the NM RLD for all licensure questions.