Information for Students

Information for Students

1 What is OTASA

Welcome to all occupational therapy students. We have created this space to find information fast that is important to you as a student. If you cannot find relevant information contact the National Occupational Therapy Office at 

The Occupational Therapy Association of South Africa (OTASA) is the only professional and educational organisation for all occupational therapists and auxiliary staff members within South Africa. Students are welcome to join in the family of the Association.

2 Benefits for being a member of OTASA

A Professional growth – Students can attend workshops and the National Congress for reduced fees B A national voice – The Association is a body that lobbies for all it’s members at, for instance Governmental level – Advances and promotes the profession of Occupational Therapy C Professional identity – Provides a sense of belonging – Being part of a unified body D Professional contact – Provides the opportunity to interact with other occupational therapists – Getting information at national level – Develops links and support E Professional contribution – You are making a difference just by showing your commitment to the profession – Being part of developing the profession – Working for effective service delivery 

3 Occupational Therapy Training in South Africa

Occupational Therapists undergo a four-year degree training at University. There are eight educational institutions across South Africa. The Health Professions Council of South Africa accredits the training of all the centres. We are also affiliated to the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

To View Educational Institutions and closing dates for application Click Here

4 Application form

The application for membership form is available from the Occupational Therapy Office at or you may click here to download the form, complete it and fax it to +27 (012) 365-1327

5 Publications

Every member of the Association receives a free copy of the South African Journal of South Africa (SAJOT), FOCUS (the national newsletter), and newsletters from the regional branch closest to where you live. These newsletters provide you with advertisements of workshops, events, meetings and general news from colleagues all over the country.

6 Post-graduate courses

Only educational institutions are providing postgraduate diplomas and degrees.

7 Working overseas

For the adventurers amongst you, we are providing you with the URL of WFOT where you can access information on working overseas:

8. Research Awards

The Marie du Toit Foundation offers awards for research undertaken by final year students at universities in South Africa. Click here to view the awards.

9. Links with other Occupational Therapy Association’s student pages

America Occupational Therapy Association:
Canadian Occupational Therapy Association:
Australian Occupational Therapy Association: