FAQs

This page covers general FAQs about the WFOT and its processes. For more specific FAQ about Programmes, please visit the relevant webpage.

FAQs - Membership

To become an Individual Member of the WFOT, you must apply through your national member association or through the national member association of the country in which you are working.

Becoming an Individual Member of WFOT will enable you to support the organisation in addition to receiving numerous member benefits, these include – copies of the WFOT Bulletin twice a year, direct access to the WFOT e- newsletter, access to the members only part of the website with free and exclusive downloads, discounted prices for WFOT products and services plus much more.

Please contact your national association regarding how to join WFOT.

If your country presently does not have a national member association, WFOT suggests you contact the national member associations bordering your country and enquire if you are able to join their membership.

WFOT does not provide certificates or confirmation of Individual Membership to subscribers. As Member Organisations are responsible for the administration of Individual Membership, they choose to provide confirmation in different ways, often linked to their own membership processes. You should contact your WFOT Member Organisation.

FAQs - Occupational Therapy/Occupational Therapists

In the Resources of this website, you will find the WFOT Human Resources Project reports, which provides information from WFOT Member Organisations including the number of occupational therapists per 10,000 head of population; and services where occupational therapy is provided.

  • Occupational Therapy Human Resources Project 2018 (Edited)– Alphabetical
  • Occupational Therapy Human Resources Project 2018 (Full) – Alphabetical [Member Login required]

WFOT receives many enquiries about the resources it provides regarding the education, research and international promotion of occupational therapy. WFOT is a voluntary organisation with limited paid resources, therefore personal requests to respond to individual research/questionnaires cannot be accommodated.

However, WFOT is pleased to offer the following resources which may be of interest to you.

The “Occupational Therapy International Online Network” (OTION) is a dedicated interactive forum that enables occupational therapists, assistants and students from across the world to network, share ideas and communicate with the profession as a whole.

OTION is a free resource that requires a simple registration process. We urge everyone to register and share their ideas and feedback. A number of forums have been established within the OTION platform:

• Education
• Practice
• Research
• Students
• Working in another country
• Studying in another country
• Congress
To access OTION, go to http://otion.wfot.org/


The WFOT website includes many sections that cover a range of subject areas, including:

Over 90 publications and resources are available to download (some are Member access only), including:

  • Definition of occupational therapy
  • Code of Ethics
  • Human Resources Project
  • Working as An Occupational Therapist in Another Country
  • Position statements:
    • Academic Credentials for Occupational Therapy Educators for University Based Education in Occupational Therapy (2008)
    • Activities of Daily Living (2012)
    • Client-centredness in Occupational Therapy (2010)
    • Community Based Rehabilitation (2004)
    • Competency and Maintaining Competency (2012)
    • Consumer Interface with Occupational Therapy (2010)
    • Diversity and Culture (2010)
    • Environmental Sustainability Sustainable Practice within Occupational Therapy (2012)
    • Ethics, Sustainability and Global Experiences (2016)
    • Global Health: Informing Occupational Therapy Practice (2014)
    • Human Displacement revised (2014)
    • Human Rights (2006)
    • Inclusive Occupational Therapy Education (2008)
    • International Collaborative Research in Occupational Therapy revised (2012)
    • International Professionalism (2014)
    • Occupational Science (2006)
    • Occupational Therapy in Disaster, Preparedness and Response (2014)
    • Occupational Therapy in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) (2016)
    • Occupational Therapy in End of Life Care (2016)
    • Occupational Therapy Entry-Level Qualifications (2008)
    • Occupational Therapy – Profession Autonomy (2007)
    • Occupational Therapy Services in School-Based Practice for Children and Youth (2016)
    • Occupational Therapy in Work Related Practice (2016)
    • Professional Registration (2010)
    • Recruiting OTs from International Communities revised (2014)
    • Recognition of Former Educational Status (2014)
    • Scope and Extension of Practice (2014)
    • Specialisation and Advanced Occupational Therapy Practices (2014)
    • Telehealth (2014)
    • Universal Design (2012)
    • Use of Social Media (2016)
    • Vocational Rehabilitation (2012)
  • World Occupational Therapy Day with promotional materials – 27 October each year
  • WFOT Bulletin - the WFOT official peer reviewed journal which is published twice a year. It is free to WFOT Individual Members (access editions from 1979 at this website) and is available in many libraries around the world. The WFOT Bulletin features articles translated into four languages.
  • WFOT e-newsletter - is published quarterly and provides information on the latest developments in the WFOT. Sign up at http://tinyurl.com/WFOTenews
  • Visit the WFOT Facebook page www.facebook.com/thewfot and Twitter @thewfot


Are you a Member of WFOT?

Becoming an Individual Member of WFOT will enable you to support the organisation in addition to receiving numerous member benefits, these include – copies of the WFOT Bulletin twice a year, direct access to the WFOT e- newsletter, access to the members only part of the website with free and exclusive downloads, discounted prices for WFOT products and services plus much more. Please contact your national association regarding how to join WFOT.

FAQs - General

Job opportunities (when available) are posted on the WFOT Classifieds. Volunteering opportunities with NGOs are posted in News, and the WFOT Facebook and Twitter services.

The official date for the “World Occupational Therapy Day” is 27 October each year. Celebrations can be organised on this date or around this date. WFOT realises however that some countries have already established occupational therapy day, week or month at other times in the year and encourages them to use the WFOT information whenever they chose to celebrate their event.

Information and a wide range of resources (free download) for each World Occupational Therapy Day is available prior to 27 October annually.

The “Occupational Therapy International Online Network” (OTION) is a dedicated interactive forum that enables occupational therapists, assistants and students from across the world to network, share ideas and communicate with the profession as a whole. OTION is a free resource that requires a simple registration process. We urge everyone to register and share their ideas and feedback. A number of forums have been established within the OTION platform:

  • Education
  • Practice
  • Research
  • Students
  • Working in another country
  • Studying in another country
  • Congress 2018

The ‘Chronicles of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (Parts I – IV) are available for purchase (digital) in Resources. The WFOT Archival Collection is available at the Wellcome Library, London, UK. Go to http://archives.wellcome.ac.uk and enter ‘SA/WFO’ in the Reference search box.

FAQs - Education

WFOT Approved Educational Programmes meet the WFOT Minimum Standards for the Education of Occupational Therapists, for entry-level only into the occupational therapy profession.

WFOT Approved Educational Programmes are subject to an international quality assurance process that includes international review, oversight and monitoring to promote the consistency and quality of occupational therapy entry–level programmes.

There are over 900 WFOT approved occupational therapy entry-level educational programmes available in WFOT Member Organisations. They can be at diploma; baccalaureate; masters; or doctoral level.

Other post graduate courses are the responsibility of the educational institution, and/or the professional organisation, and WFOT has no mechanism or standards to evaluate the programmes or approve them nor determine international portability.

Please note that WFOT approves courses – it does not accredit courses. Although WFOT establishes Minimum Standards for the Education of Occupational Therapists, each country has the right and responsibility to establish eligibility criteria that meet both the WFOT standards and the regulations and needs of their own jurisdiction. The Delegates from each Member Organisation can assist you with this information.

International Fieldwork placements are not managed by WFOT. We recommend that you work through the resources of the WFOT member organisation. It is important that they know what students are entering the country as most students need some type of support as they may not be not fluent in local languages and dialects or familiar with customs. Some countries require students to practice under the supervision of qualified therapists. Contact the national occupational therapy association of the country of interest, who may be able to assist you with your placement. The ‘WFOT Student Guide for International Practice Placements’ provides valuable information for students considering an international placement. More information about working in another country can be found in the document Working as an Occupational Therapist in another Country.

WFOT advocates that occupational therapy is a protected title and to practice as an occupational therapist you need to complete a WFOT approved education programme in occupational therapy.

The WFOT Position statements present the official stance of WFOT on a substantive issue or subject, and inform practice, research, and other issues.

The WFOT Minimum Standards for the Education of Occupational Therapists 2016 also provides important information.

Online discussion forums, including research and practice, are also available.

FAQs - Working in another Country

WFOT does not provide this insurance coverage. We suggest that students planning an international practice placement consider:

• Does your University provide insurance coverage for international practice placements?

• You may need to discuss with your National Occupational Therapy Association insurance provider – can they offer the coverage required?

• Or you may need to source an independent quote.
For further advice on international practice placements, refer to the ‘WFOT Student Guide for International Practice Placements.’

Occupational therapists can work in another country if they meet the requirements of the country in which they are seeking employment. Contact the relevant WFOT Member Organisation/s and/or their WFOT Delegate.

The requirements of each member organisation can be found in the document 'Working as an occupational therapist in another country'. The WFOT Position Statement 'Recruiting occupational therapists from international communities' also provides relevant information.

Online discussions, including working in another country, are available via the WFOT Occupational Therapy International Online Network (OTION).

WFOT is not a regulatory body and does not have any direct influence or information regarding mechanisms such as licensure in individual countries. WFOT provides information/resources which may assist you:

Documents:

Position Statement (in Resources):

  • Competency and Maintaining Competency
  • Professional Registration
  • Recruiting Occupational Therapists From International Communities

The WFOT website and social media services post opportunities (when available) for volunteering or working with organisations in low resource countries.

You may also wish to view the website of the WFOT Member Organisations of your choice.

There are also many searchable Non-Governmental/voluntary organisations websites for you to explore on the internet.

FAQs - Grants

WFOT is a not-for-profit organisation and relies on its membership and donations to fund its activities. WFOT offers two funding opportunities:

  • WFOT Thelma Cardwell Foundation Award for Research, to encourage research into developing aspects of occupational therapy. This Award is available to occupational therapists working in any area of occupational therapy and who are Individual Members of WFOT and who have the written support of the WFOT Member Organisation in which they are a member.
  • WFOT Congress Grants are available to support attendance at WFOT Congress. Grants are limited, and have specific application criteria.