OT / OTA Initial License application


  1. Application must be completed in its entirety. Failure to do so may result in delay and/or denial of license.

  2. Applications are completed online through Certemy, our licensing management software provider, and include a number of self-paced steps to be completed and submitted for verification and approval.

  3. A recent photo is required to be uploaded as part of the online application.

  4. A completed Supervisory Statement, signed by a supervising OTR, is required to be uploaded as part of the COTA application for those applicants who have secured employment in WV.

  5. If applicant has previously been licensed, in WV or any other state, but does not hold a current state license or NBCOT certification, and has not been a practicing clinician within a period of 2 years, they are required to submit proof of 24 hours of continuing competency contact hours within the 2 years preceding the application.  This does not apply to new graduates.  Please contact the Board for additional instructions.

  6. To insure compliance with Federal Law, the WV Board of Occupational Therapy is obligated to inform each applicant that reporting of the Social Security Number on licensure application is mandatory according to W. Va. Code §30-1-6 (d).

  7. Once all application steps are completed and approved, a WV license number will be assigned and Certemy will generate a digital license card which can be found in the digital wallet of your Certemy account.

  8. The Board will mail a Certificate of License and set of two license cards to each new licensee.

  9. Licenses are subject to biennial renewal, with OT licenses expiring on 12/31 and OTA licenses expiring on 6/30.  Initial license renewal requires 12 hours of continuing education, with 24 hours required every two years for subsequent renewals.

  10. Upon approval and issuance of a license, your initial license renewal application will open in Certemy.  This allows you to enter CE hours as taken throughout the year.                                          *PLEASE DO NOT COMPLETE THE REMAINING STEPS OF THE RENEWAL APPLICATION UNTIL CLOSER TO YOUR LICENSE EXPIRATION DATE TO INCLUDE THE MOST CURRENT INFORMATION AT RENEWAL.   

  11. It is the responsibility of the applicant to be informed of West Virginia’s Occupational Therapy Practice Act and Legislative Rules, copies of which will be included with license.


The initial license fee for an OT is $150. The initial license fee for an OTA is $100. 

Licensure fees will be collected through the online application using the State of WV's e-Gov payment processor.  A copy of your payment receipt must be uploaded as part of the online application.  License fee is not refundable.  


Applicants must self-enroll into an application and create a Certemy account.  When creating your Certemy account, it's highly recommended you use a personal email address.  This prevents disruption should you change jobs or if your employer uses firewalls which may block important reminders from Certemy about your license.

To begin an application, choose the appropriate application from the links below:


Occupational Therapist Application


Occupational Therapy Assistant Application