Protecting the public and
guiding the professions

For Professionals

The Council regulates the health professions in the country in aspects pertaining to registration, education and training, professional conduct and ethical behaviour, ensuring continuing professional development, and fostering compliance with healthcare standards.

Professional Boards

Registration

 
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-Occupational Therapy
- Medical Orthotics and Prosthetics
- Arts Therapy (Including Drama, Art, Dance Movement and Music Therapy)
 
 
 Different Registers

OT
Occupational Therapist
OS
Medical Orthotics and Prosthetics
AT
Arts Therapist
SOT
Supplementary Occupational Therapist
SOS Supplementary Medical Orthotics and Prosthetics
OB Orthopaedic Footwear Technicians
OTT Occupational Therapy Technicians
AOS Assistant Medical Orthotics and Prosthetics & Leatherworks
OT Occupational Therapy Assistants
OSA Orthopaedic Technical Assistants
 


OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Registration as STUDENT
 
a. First registration as a Student
  • Form 53 duly completed by applicant and university.
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph
  • Registration fee as reflected in the form
b. Re-registration after interruption of studies for one year or more
  • Form 53 duly completed, with an indication that the applicant applies for re-registration.
  • Certificate of resumption of study issued by University
  • Registration fee as reflected in the form
 
Registration of Occupational Therapist (OT)
 
a. SA Qualifications (Community Service) (South African citizens only)
  • Registration as a student with the HPCSA
  • Form 23 Comm Service.
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph.
  • Registration fee as indicated together with pro rata annual fee.
  • Applicants are registered in the category: Public Service: Community Service.
b. Independent Practice (South African citizens only)
  • Registration in the category: Public service: Community service.
  • Form 23
  • Form 27 Comm Serv completed.
c. Foreign Qualified Practitioners
  • Form 176 (documentation to be submitted including certificate of status clearly outlined).
  • Form 176 Application ( Guidelines: DoH Foreign Workforce Management Programme)
d. Independant Practice (Foreign qualified non-South African citizens)
  • Registration as an occupational therapist in public service as outlined above.
  • Submission of proof of permanent residence status or citizenship in South Africa issued in terms of the Immigration Act, 2002 (Act No.13 of 2002).
  • Letter of endorsement by the Foreign Workforce Management Programme of the National Department of Health pertaining to employment (as part of the updating of register of foreign citizens maintained by the Departments of Health and Home Affairs). iv. Completion of a recognised South African qualification by a foreign citizen does not entitle such person to register in independent practice. Such applicants are required to first apply as per the procedure outlined above for registration in public service.
  Registration of Occupational Therapist-Assistant (OTB)
  • Form 23, duly completed, together with a certificate reflecting full details regarding the education and training, issued and signed by the Head of the educational or training institution and his or her deputy; OR
  • Form 24, duly completed, together with a certificate reflecting full details regarding the education and training, issued and signed by the Head of the educational or training institution and his or her deputy.
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph.
  • Registration fee as indicated together with pro rata annual fee.
  • Applicants are registered in the category Public Service: Supervised Practice.
  Registration of Occupational Therapist Technician (OTT)
  • Form 23, duly completed, together with a certificate reflecting one year practical experience and 50 hours training provided by training institution, issued and signed by the Head of the educational or training institution and his or her deputy; OR
  • Form 24, duly completed, together with a certificate reflecting one year practical experience and 50 hours training provided by training institution, issued and signed by the Head of the educational or training institution and his or her deputy.
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph.
  • Registration fee as indicated together with pro rata annual fee.
  • Applicants are registered in the category Public Service: Supervised Practice.
ARTS THERAPY
Registration for Arts Therapist
 
a. SA Qualification (South African citizens only)
  • Registration as a student with the HPCSA.
  • Form 23, duly completed; OR
  • Form 24, duly completed, together with a copy of the original Masters degree, certified by an attorney in his or her capacity as notary public and bearing the official stamp.
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph.
  • Registration fee as indicated together with pro rata annual fee.
  • Applicants are registered in the category: Independent Practice
b. Foreign Qualified Practitioners
  • Form 176  (Documentation to be submitted including certificate of status outlined
  • Registration as an arts therapist in public service as outlined above
  • Submission of proof of permanent residence status or citizenship in South Africa issued in terms of the Immigration Act, 2002 (Act No.13 of 2002)
  • Letter of endorsement by the Foreign Workforce Management Programme of the National Department of Health pertaining to employment (As part of updating of register of foreign citizens maintained by the Departments of Health and Home Affairs).
  • Completion of a recognised South African qualification by a foreign citizen does not entitle such person to register in independent practice. Such applicants are required to first apply as per the procedure outlined above for registration in public service.
MEDICAL ORTHOTISTS AND PROSTHETICS
Registration of Student-Medical Orthotists and Prosthetists (OS-S)
 
a. First registration as a Student
  • Form 53 duly completed by applicant and university.
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form
b. Re-registration after interruption of studies for one year or more
  • Form 53 duly completed, with an indication that the applicant applies for re-registration.
  • Certificate of reumption of study
c. Registration as an Intern Medical Orthotist and Prosthetist (with effect from 1 January 2010)
  • Registration as a student with the HPCSA.
  • Form 26 OSIN, duly completed together with documentation as outlined.
  • Form 26 A OS, duly completed
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph.
  • Registration fee as indicated.
  • Applicants are registered in the category: Intern Medical Orthotist and Prosthetist.
  • Form 160 OS – Guidelines for Internships in Medical Orthotics and Prosthetics issued by University.
  • Registration fee as reflected in the form
  • List of accredited centres to train MOP click here
 
Registration as Medical Orthotist/Prosthetist (OS)

a. SA Qualification (South Arican citizens only)
  • Registration as a student with the HPCSA.
  • Form 23, duly completed; ORForm 24, duly completed, together with a copy of the Honours Degree certificate, certified by an attorney in his or her capacity as notary public and bearing the official stamp;
  • Form 27 OS, duly completed.
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph.
  • Registration fee as indicated together with pro rata annual fee.
  • Applicants are registered in the category: Independent Practice.
b. Foreign Qualified Practitioner
  • Form 176 (Documentation to be submitted including certificate of status clearly outlined).
c. Independent Practice (Foreign Qualified non-South African citizens)
  • Registration as a medical orthotist and prosthetist in public service as outlined above.
  • Submission of proof of permanent residence status or citizenship in South Africa issued in terms of the Immigration Act, 2002 (Act No.13 of 2002).
  • Letter of endorsement by the Foreign Workforce Management Programme of the National Department of Health pertaining to employment (As part of updating of register of foreign citizens maintained by the Departments of Health and Home Affairs).
  • Completion of a recognised South African qualification by a foreign citizen does not entitle such person to register in independent practice. Such applicants are required to first apply as per the procedure outlined above for registration in public service.
 
Registration of Orthopaedic Footwear Technicians (OB) 
 
No student registration required.
  • 24, duly completed, together with a certificate confirming completion of three years’ practical training, issued and signed by the Head of the educational or training institution and his or her deputy.
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph.
  • Registration fee as indicated together with pro rata annual fee.
  • Applicants are registered in the category Public Service: Supervised Practice
 
Registration of Orthopaedic Technician Assistant (OSA)
 
  • Form 23, duly completed, together with a certificate confirming completion of three years’ practical training, issued and signed by the Head of the educational or training institution and his or her deputy; OR
  • Form 24, duly completed, together with a certificate confirming completion of three years’ practical training, issued and signed by the Head of the educational or training institution and his or her deputy.
  • Form 27 OB/OSA, duly completed.
  • Formal report from Supervisor highlighting the practical skills obtained.
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph.
  • Registration fee as indicated together with pro rata annual fee.
  • Applicants are registered in the category Public Service: Supervised Practice.


REGISTRATION OF VISITING STUDENTS
Foreign students wishing to complete requirements in South Africa such as education at local universities, training or electives in order to qualify outside South Africa are in terms of Section 34 of the Health Professions Act, 1974, required to apply for registration in order to undertake such education, training or electives.

Such persons are required to submit an application as per form 8A which should be supported by both the foreign university and the South African university department in South Africa where education and training in that discipline is offered.

The university is required to support the application and provide for adequate supervision and indemnity insurance during the period of registration.

The period of registration is determined on the basis of the recommendations of the respective universities for a maximum period of one year per application. Extension of registration is an administrative process performed on the basis of further recommendations by the respective universities.

Registration as a visiting student in South Africa does not entitle such student to register without following the formal application procedure.      

Application forms

Professional Boards are co-ordinating bodies for healthcare practitioners registered with the HPCSA. The respective boards that are established for a specific profession, deal with matters relating to a specific profession.

Additional Qualification
Form 19 - Additional Qualification Download form
Application for registration
Form 23 - Application for registration Download form
Form 24 - Application for Registration Download form
Form 24 OTT - Occupational Therapy Technician (Supervised) Download form
Form 27 OS - Intern Duty certificate - Medical Orthotics & Prosthetics Download form
Form 27 OB/OSA - Intern duty certificate - Medical Orthotists & Prosthetics Download form
Form 176 OCP Download form
Community Service
Form 23 - To perform Community Service Download form
Form 27 - (Generic) Completion of Community Service Download form
Foreign Qualification 
Form 176 AT - Registration as an Arts Therapist Download form
Form 176 OT Download form
Independent Registration
Form 23 OT - Occupational Therapy, Medical Orthotics & Prosthetics & Arts Therapy Download form
Form 27 - Certificate of Completion of Community Service Download form
Intern Registration
Form 26 A - OS Placement of Intern Download form
Form 26 OSIN - Medical Orthotist and Prosthetist Download form
Form 26 ATIN - Arts Therapy Intern in Drama Download form
Form 26 A AT - Placement of Arts Therapy Intern in Drama Download form
Form 27 AT - Arts Therapy Intern in Drama Duty Certificate Download form
Restoration
Form 18 - Application for restoration of name to the register Download form
Form 18 A - OCP - Occupational Therapy, Medical Orthotics & Prosthetics & Arts Therapy Application for restoration Download form
Form 18 C - OCP - Occupational Therapy, Medical Orthotics & Prosthetics & Arts TherapyUndertaking by Supervisor Download form
Form 18 D - OCP - Occupational Therapy, Medical Orthotics & Prosthetics & Arts Therapy Supervisory report Download form
Form 18 F - OCP - Occupational Therapy, Medical Orthotics & Prosthetics & Arts TherapyPortfolio Download form
Form 18 G - OCP - Occupational Therapy, Medical Orthotics & Prosthetics & Arts Therapy Portfolio marking guide Download form
 
Students
Form 53 OT S - Re-registration after interruption of Studies- Occupational Therapist Student Download form
Form 53 OTS - Occupational Therapist Student Download form