Occupational therapists are trained professionals. There are a number of educational pathways that you can take from a variety of training institutions.
Certificate in Health (Level 4)
If you don’t have the required academic qualifications to enter the degree course this certificate is a good bridging option to prepare you for more advanced study. It can be done online with block courses over the year. This course is available through Otago Polytechnic.
Undergraduate occupational therapy education
Training to become an occupational therapist usually takes three years. You need to complete the Bachelor of Health Science in Occupational Therapy (AUT University – Auckland), or the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Otago Polytechnic – Dunedin or Hamilton).
Once you have graduated, you need to be registered with the Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand Te Poari Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa, and have an annual practising certificate.
There are a host of postgraduate opportunities for occupational therapists wishing to extend their knowledge and skills, including distance and campus-based opportunities. The programmes offered by the schools of occupational therapy are specifically designed for occupational therapists.