Initial Registration - International Applicants (IEOT)

Applicants to COTM after April 30th, 2015 must establish Educational Eligibility through the ACOTRO Substantial Equivalency Assessment System (SEAS).  Please see: Important Notice for Internationally-Educated Applicants and this ACOTRO link: SEAS – Introduction and FAQs.

The COTM process for Internationally Educated Occupational Therapists (IEOT's) who are applying to any jurisdiction in Canada for the first time, must establish academic eligibility through completing the SEAS process which is administered through the Association of Canadian Occupational Therapy Regulatory Organizations (ACOTRO) SEAS – Association of Canadian Occupational Therapy Regulatory Organizations (

You must be registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of Manitoba (COTM) before you begin any type of work as an occupational therapist in Manitoba.

To apply to COTM, you must complete the COTM Application for Registration and submit documents to show that you meet the registration requirements.

You can submit the documents COTM requires to process your registration in three distinct phases.

  • Phase 1 establishes your academic eligibility. Before you apply to COTM, you must complete the SEAS process and be able to provide COTM with a copy of your SEAS Determination Report.
  • Phase 2 establishes your professional eligibility.
  • Phase 3 establishes your employment eligibility. This is the last step in the registration process. You can do this when you have an employment offer in Manitoba. For this last phase, you must also show proof of malpractice insurance coverage and send any other needed documentation. If it takes longer than 6 months to get an employment offer, you may need to update some of your professional eligibilty information.