Q&A: Using OTA Credentials in Personal Training Business

Question: I am an OTA student who will soon be graduating. I have a personal training business and wonder if I can use my OTA credentials in marketing materials.

Answer: A potential issue might be that using the OTA credentials in this context could imply that OT services are being provided. State laws generally state that an individual must be licensed to use the OTA initials/credentials but that doesn’t address the specific issue in this question. It is always a good idea to ask the state licensure board for their opinion as they are a legal body and their interpretation or decision, if any, would be important.

You can tell clients that you are an OTA if the question comes up, but it really is separate from your personal training business and should not have an impact on it: You cannot imply or state that you are providing any OT services as part of the personal training.