WSR 20-24-043
(Occupational Therapy Practice Board)
[Filed November 23, 2020, 12:38 p.m.]
Original Notice.
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 20-08-073.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 246-847-125, Applicants currently licensed in other states or territories. The occupational therapy practice board is proposing to clarify requirements for continued competency for occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant out-of-state applicants that have been licensed for less than two years.
Hearing Location(s): On January 22, 2021, at 9:10 a.m.
In response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency, the occupational therapy practice board will not provide a physical location for this hearing to promote social distancing and the safety of the citizens of Washington state. A virtual public hearing, without a physical meeting space, will be held instead.
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Date of Intended Adoption: January 22, 2021.
Submit Written Comments to: Kathy Weed, P.O. Box 47852, Olympia, WA 98504-7852, email, fax 360-236-2901, by January 20, 2021.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Kathy Weed, phone 360-236-4883, fax 360-236-4883, TTY 711, email, by January 15, 2021.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The proposed rule clarifies the requirements for an applicant licensed in another state or jurisdiction for less than two years. Current licensing standards require thirty hours of continued competency for all out-of-state applicants. However, the continued competency requirements are not required until a licensee has been licensed for two years. The proposed amendments clarify that those licensed in another state or jurisdiction for at lease two years need to obtain thirty hours of continued competency prior to obtaining state licensure. Proposed rule language is clearer and allows Washington licensees and out-of-state applicants to have the same standard for continued competency.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: Proposed language is clearer and benefits recent graduates licensed in another state by not requiring them to obtain continued competency in an unreasonable amount of time prior to applying for Washington licensure. Rule making will establish enforceable and consistent licensing requirements.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.59.130.
Statute Being Implemented: RCW 18.59.130.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: Department of health, occupational therapy practice board, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation, and Enforcement: Kathy Weed, 111 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98504, 360-236-4883.
A school district fiscal impact statement is not required under RCW 28A.305.135.
A cost-benefit analysis is required under RCW 34.05.328. A preliminary cost-benefit analysis may be obtained by contacting Kathy Weed, Department of Health, P.O. Box 47852, Olympia, WA 98504-7852, phone 360-236-4883, fax 360-236-2901, TTY 711, email
The proposed rule does not impose more-than-minor costs on businesses. Following is a summary of the agency's analysis showing how costs were calculated. The proposed rules do not impact small businesses. The proposed rules only impact the person's license without significant cost to small businesses.
November 23, 2020
Sunny Anderson, OTA
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 18-09-032, filed 4/11/18, effective 8/1/18)
WAC 246-847-125Applicants currently licensed in other states or territories.
((Any))An initial applicant currently licensed to practice as an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant in another state, the District of Columbia, or a territory of the United States as provided in RCW 18.59.070(2), may be licensed by endorsement. An applicant((s must))shall comply with the requirements for licensure as specified in chapters 18.59 RCW and 246-847 WAC and submit proof of:
(1) Current licensure from another United States jurisdiction;
(2) Having passed the examinations as defined in WAC 246-847-080; and
(3) For applicants who have been licensed in another jurisdiction for at least two years, completion of thirty hours of continued competency within the two-year period immediately preceding ((the application))licensure.