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Membership

Q: Why should I join AOTA? What are the benefits of membership?

A: AOTA membership benefits are designed to meet your professional needs and advance your career. Make sure you know about all of what's available to you:

  • Tools and resources for practice, education, and research
  • Customized membership in 11 Special Interest Sections
  • Legislative advocacy on your behalf
  • Continuing education opportunities for licensure renewal
  • Professional certification and credentials
  • Networking forums and groups on OT Connections
  • Exclusive member discounts
  • Career advancement through OT JobLink
  • Participation in COOL leadership opportunities, and more!

Q: What are the different types of membership and associated dues?

A: AOTA offers many different membership categories to fit you along your career path, from student, to new practitioner, to professional, to retired. Additional special categories include Post Professionals seeking a doctoral degree, and others.


Q: Are my membership dues tax deductible?

A: Your AOTA dues may be tax deductible as a business expense. Please note that 40% of your dues is allocated to lobbying efforts and is not tax deductible. Also, 2% of membership dues is designated as a contribution to the American Occupational Therapy Foundation, Inc. (AOTF).


Q: What are the membership terms and conditions?

A: Your AOTA membership includes access to online resources for members only. We remind you that your username and password are for your sole use. Sharing, selling, or reselling of usernames and passwords is a copyright violation, and as such, is a violation of the law. Violation of the AOTA policy may result in revocation of AOTA online access privileges, ethics charges, and/or legal consequences.


Q: Does AOTA have a payment plan?

A: Yes. All OT and OTA members are eligible for the membership dues installment plan, known as Easy Pay. With this plan, your annual dues will be charged to your credit card in ongoing, monthly amounts. During the online join/renew process you will have the opportunity to sign up for the plan. Student members are not eligible for the installment plan.


Q: How do I join?

A: Joining is quick and easy! We offer three options:


Q: How can I get a copy of my receipt?

A: You can view your order history and print copies of your receipts online.


Q: What is my member ID number?

A: Your member ID number is located on your membership card. You can also obtain your number by logging in with your user name and password.


Q: How do I get a copy of my membership card?

A: You can print a copy of your membership card online. Log in with your user name and password and select "View/Print Membership Card."


Q: How do I know when my membership expires?

A: Your expiration date is printed on your membership card. You can also obtain your expiration date by logging in with your user name and password.


Q: How do I renew as a new practitioner?

A: If you are up for renewal, you will have the option to select the 1st Year Practitioner membership category. 

If you are in the middle of your membership term, please email us to change your membership category. Our customer service team can also be reached at 800-729-2682, ext. 2769.


Q: How do I change my SIS selections?

A: During the online renewal process, you will have the opportunity to change your SIS selections. If you wish to change them before you are eligible for renewal, please email us.


Q: How do I update my address/email/phone number?

A: You can update your contact information by logging in with your user name and password. Select the "Edit" button in the section you wish to update.


Q: How do I change my name?

A: You can change your name online. Simply log in with your user name and password and select the "Edit" button in the "Name and Credentials" section.


Q: How do I update my credentials?

A: You can update your credentials online. Simply log in with your user name and password and select the "Edit" button in the "Name and Credentials" section.


Q: How do I update my credit card information?

A: You can update your credit card information online by logging in with your user name and password.


Q: How do I unsubscribe from emails?

A: You can change your email preferences by logging in with your user name and password. Under "Settings" click on "Change Email Preferences"


Q: How do I access my online course/CE credits?

A: To access your online course or to download a transcript of your CE credits, log in using your AOTA user name and password. 

Get more information on accessing your online courses.


Q: How do I access the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT)?

A: The WFOT website includes information and online publications. To set up your account for the first time click on "Membership > Already a member? > Set up your account online." Your membership number is your AOTA membership number (less the leading zeros) which can also be found on your membership card.

Please note that WFOT information is updated every Sunday. When you join WFOT Monday through Saturday, your WFOT membership will not be available until the following Monday.


Q: How do I opt out of receiving print issues of the journals?

A: You can opt out of receiving your print issues of AJOT online.

Currently, you cannot opt out of OT Practice online. To opt out of receiving print issues of OT Practice, please contact us and we will take care of this for you.

You will continue to have online access to the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, OT Practice magazine and the SIS Quarterly Practice Connections.


Q: Will you send me a notice when it's time to renew my membership?

A: You will receive up to 3 renewal printed notices and 2 emailed notices before your membership expires, but if you renew before the response date shown in your 1st emailed notice or your 1st renewal letter and invoice, you will receive a coupon for 1 FREE AOTA Continuing Education article (a $24.95 member value). CE Articles provide a convenient opportunity for earning CE credit, delivered directly to your door in the first issue of OT Practice each month. The coupon can be used for any current CE Article or for any coming up in the next year. Note: Renewing on your first notice does NOT change your membership anniversary.


Q: How do I cancel my membership?

A: We hope you will reconsider cancelling your membership. Every member counts as we try to present a strong voice in Congress and advance the profession. However, if you still need to cancel your membership, please email us, and include the reason you have decided to cancel your membership.


Q: How do I log in if I forgot my password?

A: You can reset your password by entering the email address on your account. You will be sent an email with your user name and a link to reset your password.

If your email has changed, please email us with your new email address prior to trying to reset your password. We will update the email address on your record, at which point you can reset your password.


Q: How can I change my user name or password?

A: You can change your password online. Simply log in with your user name and password and select "Change Password."

Your user name cannot be changed online. To change your user name, please send us an email or call 800-SAY-AOTA (1-800-729-2682), option #1.


Q: How do I order a member mailing list?

A: Please see our FAQs regarding list rentals.

For additional information, or to place a list order, send us an email.


Association

Q: How do I contact the AOTA Board of Directors?

A: Simply write to them in care of AOTA's Executive Director at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Bethesda, MD  20814.


Q: How can I nominate someone for an AOTA Board of Directors position?

A: Each fall, the AOTA Volunteer Leadership Development Committee (VLDC) solicits nominations for the Board of Directors. Visit the Awards and Recognitions section for required forms and additional information.


Q: How do I order a member mailing list?

A: For information about renting a member name list, see List Rental Services under Advertising, or please contact Claire Foster at 800-877-1383, ext. 2749, or e-mail cfoster@aota.org.


Q: How do I borrow a book or monograph from the Wilma L. West Library?

A: Contact your local library and request an interlibrary loan. The Wilma L. West Library will send requested materials to your local public or university library. Visit the Wilma L. West Library or contact Foundation staff members if you have any questions, comments, or requests. 


Q: How do I obtain copyright permission for AOTA publications and material posted on the Web site?

A: Visit the Reprints section of the Web site, or e-mail copyright@aota.org.


Q: How do I contact AOTA?

A: Toll-free: 800-SAY-AOTA (800-729-2682) or local calls: 301-652-2682; Fax: 240-762-5150; E-mail: members@aota.org; The American Occupational Therapy Association, 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814.


Q: How do I contact my state licensing board?

A: Visit AOTA's online State Licensure Database for contact information.  Members only


Q: How do I contact the Occupational Therapy Certification Board (NBCOT)?

A: Visit NBCOT's Web site for contact information about NBCOT certification.


Q: Where can I find more information on AOTA's practice area-specific Board and Specialty Certification?

A: Visit AOTA's Board and Specialty Certifications page on the Web site. 


Q: How do I become active in a leadership position?

A: AOTA offers many opportunities for members to become active in elected or appointed leadership positions. Openings are announced in the AOTA Alerts e-newsletter and Web site page. AOTA has volunteer needs in many areas; your investment of time and energy in AOTA strengthens the profession as a whole. Go to COOL (login required) to create your volunteer profile and view current positions available.


Password-Related

Q: How do I create my password?

A: Visit Member Center, scroll down the list and follow the prompts to either create a new password, or have your password e-mailed to you.


Q: I forgot my password. How do I find out what it is?

A: Call Member Services at 800-SAY-AOTA (800-729-2682, ext. 2769), or simply visit the online Member Center to have your password e-mailed to you.


Continuing Education

Q: Where can I find more information about AOTA's Annual Conference & Expo?

A: Visit the Conferences and Events home page for answers to questions about AOTA's annual meeting and up-to-date information on all your conference needs.


Q: How can I earn CE credit from AOTA for continuing education and self-study?

A: Visit the Continuing Education section or the AOTA Online Store for details on Self-Paced Clinical Courses, Online Courses, Continuing Education Articles, and Continuing Education for the Approved Provider Program, and more.


Professional Support

Q: How do I post my resume on OTjobLink?

A: If you're an AOTA member visit www.otjoblink.org/ and click "Job Seekers" and find the "Post Your Resume" button and follow the prompts. Post your resume and apply online—even receive an e-mail with job matches.


Q: How can I find information on fieldwork?

A: Visit the Fieldwork Education section of the Web site for general fieldwork information. For specific questions, contact the AOTA Education and Professional Development Department by e-mail at educate@aota.org, or call 800-729-2682.


Q: How do I apply for internships at AOTA headquarters?

A: E-mail AOTA's Education Department at educate@aota.org, or call 800-SAY-AOTA (800-729-2682)  and ask for the Education Department.


Q: How do I start my own business?

A: AOTA's Private Practice Packet provides information to get you started. Members only


Q: How do I obtain AOTA's position on supervisory requirements for an OTA?

A: Members may access the document, Guidelines for Supervision, Roles, and Responsibilities During Delivery of Occupational Therapy Services by going to the Official Documents area. Nonmembers who are not occupational therapy practitioners should contact the AOTA Practice Department at pracdept@aota.org


Q: Where do I learn the appropriate role of aides in the delivery of OT services?

A: Members may access the document, Guidelines for Supervision, Roles, and Responsibilities During Delivery of Occupational Therapy Services by going to the Official Documents area. Nonmembers who are not occupational therapy practitioners should contact the AOTA Practice Department at pracdept@aota.org.


Q: Where can I get help to solve a reimbursement problem?

A: Visit the Federal and Regulatory Affairs section of AOTA's Web site for updates on changes in reimbursement, or e-mail the Practice Department at pracdept@aota.org for clinical reimbursement issues. Members only


Q: Where can I find accredited OT and OTA programs?

A: Visit AOTA's Schools page in the Education & Careers section.


Q: How do I notify AOTA of a possible breach in ethics?

A: To report any possible breach of ethics, contact the AOTA Ethics Office at ethics@aota.org. This office is our liaison with AOTA's Ethics Commission (EC). Staff will work with you to clarify issues and notify the Ethics Commission if appropriate.


Q: How can I promote public awareness of occupational therapy?

A: Visit www.promoteot.com/ for ideas and resources to promote occupational therapy all year. Remember to celebrate Occupational Therapy month in April! And visit the Promote the Profession section in Manage Your Practice to find out more about a variety of community activities.