Working as an Occupational Therapist in Ireland

If you are an overseas-trained Occupational Therapist and a graduate from a non-WFOT accredited school, then you just might want to try your luck at working in Ireland. The application form for validation of qualifications for overseas-trained Occupational Therapists states that:

All applicants will be considered for validation regardless of whether their degree / diploma was recognized by the WFOT at the time of their graduation.

This is great news because it offers an alternative to OTs who plan to work overseas but are hampered by the fact that they are graduates from non-WFOT accredited schools.

Furthermore, the AOTI also requires the the following:

1. Candidates should be in possession of a qualification in occupational therapy that satisfies the 89/48/EEC, 92/51/EEC and 2005/36/EC European Directives.
2. Candidates are required to have a minimum of 1,000 hours from clinical placements.
3. A minimum of 250 psychosocial hours and 250 physical and sensory disabilities hours is required as a component of the total 1,000 hours.
4. Candidates who have an offer of employment should indicate this in a covering letter with the completed application form.

Here is more information on the administration process of the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland (AOTI) for the validation of qualifications of overseas trained Occupational Therapists:

Occupational Therapists who have qualified outside the Republic of Ireland must have their qualifications validated by the Department of Health and Children (DoHC), which is the competent authority in Ireland for the recognition of same. The Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland (AOTI) carries out the assessments of an individual’s qualifications and makes its recommendations to the DoHC.

Since 2002 the administration process for the validation of overseas qualifications for Occupational Therapists (and Speech and Language Therapists and Diagnostic and Therapeutic Radiographers) was carried out by the former Northern Area Health Board (NAHB) in Swords in County Dublin.

With the reform of the Health Service and the abolition of the Health Boards it was decided to locate this responsibility in the ‘Professional Education’ section of the National HR Directorate. With effect from 13th June 2007 the National Validation project was transferred to the latter where it is managed by Ms Eileen Walsh and the day-to-day administration of the process is the responsibility of Ms. Annette Lyons.

The validation form may be downloaded here. For more information, visit the AOTI website.

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5 thoughts on “Working as an Occupational Therapist in Ireland”

  1. hi i am lakshmi i am looking forward for a job as an occupational therapist i have been working in paediatrics with devlopmental disabilities especially applying sensory integration in practice i am presently working in kuwait.i would like to know abt vacancies in ireland and also would like to know is it possible to attend interviews over phone rather attend direct interviews in ireland thank u

  2. Greetings! I Am Roberto O. Estrella, OTRP, batch ’95 with more than 12 years experience and with Ireland Reference # 510/07 would like to know how if there are OT job vacancies in Ireland and how filipino OT’s made it there. At present, I sent my CV’s through this website ( ). So far the responses are : They have to fill in all OT job vacancies with their locals before accepting foreign OT’s. Can you please help me find an agency who are willing to sponsor filipino OT’s. Thank you.

  3. I am an Occupational Therapy Assistant student due to gradute in May 2009-I would love to get information about what I need to live and work overseas. I live in the united states in Missouri.
    Please send me any information possible.
    Thank you.

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