Becoming a Member

The Society welcomes and encourages applications by distinguished individuals who demonstrate sustained service as leaders in occupational therapy. Initial overwhelming response to the Society has made us aware of the large number of passionate leaders who would like to join the Society.

A Nominations committee will review all applications following the established procedure. Applicants will be notified of decisions within 30 days of submission.

For more information contact or see the FAQs.

Membership Criteria

Membership is open to those with 10 or more years of active employment as an OT/OTA, who also demonstrate “sustained leadership” in support of occupational therapy. Generally, sustained leadership is evidenced by volunteer involvement over a period of seven or more years. Membership is conferred in recognition of significant personal involvement in advancing occupational therapy at local, state, and/or national levels and acknowledgement of an ongoing desire to contribute to the field.

Successful applicants will have:

  • Demonstrated sustained leadership as reflected in their involvement in one or more areas of:

      • Occupational therapy practice

      • Research

      • Education

      • Professional Societies

      • Regulatory Boards

      • Advocacy

      • Communications

  • Leadership, when outside of the profession, that has advanced awareness and benefited the field of occupational therapy in an identifiable manner

Application Process

Interested individuals may apply for membership by submitting the following:

  1. Completed application form (with fillable fields once downloaded) along with résumé or CV

  2. Brief Bio to be included on the Society website

  3. Volunteer Interest checklist

Membership Responsibilities

Once an individual has been offered membership in the Society, they are required to:

  • Support our mission through active engagement in at least one Society initiative annually

    • Current initiatives are described under Engagement

  • Submit and maintain a current biosketch that reflects their leadership experience and interests

  • Pay dues. Please see the Membership Fees and Expectations page for information.