Canadian Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physical Therapist Assistant Educators Council

Educator Resources


The Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Education Accreditation Program (OTA & PTA EAP) is responsible for the accreditation of physiotherapist assistant and occupational therapist assistant education programs in Canada.

On this site, you will find information such as:

  • Policies and guidelines in references to the accreditation process
  • Sample reports to guide you in the accreditation process
  • List of accredited programs in Canada

Practice standards

The CAOT (Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists) and CPA (Canadian Physiotherapy Association) have both developed practice standards for rehabilitation assistants in their respective fields. These standards support therapists and assistants in knowing their role within their practice

Essential Competency Profile:

Practice Profile for Support Personnel in Occupational Therapy:

Professional associations

Educators want to be up to date with professional practice to better prepare students for the clinical world. CAOT and CPA’s websites have a multitude of tools that could be useful as educators


  • Practice workshops
  • Professional development
  • Risk management resources
  • Evidence-based publications


  • Professional development webinars
  • Position statements (on end of life, community care, mental health…etc)
  • Professional responsibility in fieldwork education



COPEC is made up of members from various colleges and universities across Canada. Contact if you are interested in becoming a member.