Renewal Information for New Mexico Occupational Therapists

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New Mexico-licensed Occupational Therapists (OTs) are required to renew licenses annually on September 30th. 20 hours of continuing education (CE) are required each year to renew. All 20 hours are allowed through online courses offered by AOTA-approved providers.

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Every New Mexico-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 between October 1st and September 30th.

No license will be renewed in the absence of satisfactory evidence that the required continuing education contact hours have been earned.

The board office will mail a renewal application to each licensee at least thirty (30) days prior to the expiration date of the license.

Each licensee is responsible for submitting the required renewal fee and continuing education by the expiration date whether or not a renewal application is received by the licensee.

Each licensee is responsible for filing address changes and maintaining a current address with the board office.


No licensee may obtain credit for any continuing education contact hours without approval of those continuing education contact hours by the board.

Prior approval of continuing education contact hours may be obtained upon request by the licensee. Final determination of values and approval of continuing education contact hours will remain at the discretion of the board.

Continuing education contact hours may be earned in the following ways:

  • Attendance at a seminar, workshop or program
  • Preparation and/or presentation of a workshop/in-service
  • Completion of university or college courses
  • Attendance at physician in-service programs or regular occupational therapy staff in-service programs (maximum of ten (10) contact hours will be allowed in this area)
  • Completion of an American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) or other self-study course The applicant must provide:
    • a copy of the certificate of completion received from the program provider
    • a brief statement indicating the course’s relationship to the licensee’s present or future position in the field of occupational therapy
    • Reading a book (maximum of four (4) contact hours will be allowed in this area)
    • Writing a book
    • Viewing video tapes/films/prerecorded materials (maximum of ten (10) contact hours per year is allowed in this area)
    • Presentation of a paper
    • Publication of a paper
    • Conducting occupational therapy research
    • Specialty/certification programs
    • Supervising level II fieldwork (maximum of twelve (12) contact hours per renewal year is allowed in this area)
    • Mentoring (maximum of five (5) contact hours per year)
    • Alternative medicine seminars
    • Internet courses (maximum of ten (10) contact hours per renewal is allowed in this area)


The board shall audit a percentage of renewal applications each year to verify the continuing education requirement.

If a notice of audit letter is received with the annual renewal form, evidence of continuing education hours earned during the renewal year must be submitted to the board as requested and as required in the Occupational Therapy Act and by this rule.

If the licensee is not audited, all documentation of attendance and agendas should be retained by the licensee for a minimum of three (3) years immediately preceding the current renewal.

The board reserves the right to audit continuing education attendance certificates whenever there is reasonable doubt the courses submitted, dates, or hours may be incorrect.

Proof of attendance for all continuing education programs is required on all renewal applications submitted after the expiration date.

Credit for excess continuing education contact hours accumulated may be used only during the following year. Documentation of excess continuing education contact hours which are being submitted for credit must be submitted with the annual renewal fee and application. The board will allow a maximum of twenty (20) continuing education contact hours to be carried over into the next licensing year.

New Mexico Board of Examiners for Occupational Therapy

(505) 476-4940

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