Free OT CEU courses

12 Free Occupational Therapy CEUs

We all know that occupational therapy CEU courses can sometimes come with a hefty price tag, leading to a big dent in our budget just to keep up with our OT/OTA license renewals. This does not mean that those more expensive courses aren’t worth it, but with today’s economic state, we can use all the help we can get to save money where we can.

Thankfully, there are multiple FREE occupational therapy CEUs available that you can use towards your state license and NBCOT renewals.

We’ve rounded up these great options for free occupational therapy CEUs, current as of May 2024. We will update this article at least once a year, so be sure to let us know if you notice any changes when perusing these options.

And as with any continuing education, be sure to check with your individual state’s licensing board to be sure they will accept these credits.

Without further ado, here are 12+ completely free OT CEU course options for you to check out: 

1. The NBCOT Navigator

The NBCOT Navigator is a fantastic option for free quality continuing education. If you’re already certified through NBCOT as an OTR or COTA, you have free access to up to 36 units per renewal period, which they call competency assessment units.

NBCOT free ceus

The Navigator includes case simulations, management challenges, practice quizzes, evidence-based research, an orthotic builder, an OT knowledge library and a physical agent modalities tool. They also have an app version  so you can even earn credits easily on your phone.

To learn more about the Navigator and to see if your state also accepts these CAUs for state licensing (most do), be sure to check out their platform here.

2. OT Potential’s 2 Free Podcast Courses

Want to complete your OT CEUs on the go? OT Potential offers podcast-based continuing education courses, all based around new published research.

Along with these two free courses, if you choose to subscribe, the OT Potential $99/year membership gives you access to over 80 CE courses, with multiple other tools (like documentation examples, all geared towards helping OTs create change. 

If you subscribe now, you can also get 15% off the yearly membership using our OT Potential promo code MYOTSPOT. Using this discount code will make this high quality option one of the lowest cost OT CEU platforms! Please note that we may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. 

First, try out these 2 free AOTA-approved courses:

OT and ADHD

OT and AI

OT Potential CEUs

To access these courses, you’ll also get 5 days of limited access to the OT Potential Club, with the ability to view:

📋1 Documentation Example

🔍 The OT Assessment Search

🎉 The OT Month Toolkit

3. AOTA’s Free Webinars

AOTA has been offering free webinars in which you can earn up to 12 continuing education contact hours free, with each webinar equaling one contact hour.

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Just a few examples of these interesting free webinar topics include:

  • Compassion Fatigue and Caregiver Burnout: Working Together to Work Through
  • Supporting Students Interested in Private Practice: Academic/Practitioner Discussion
  • OT Practitioner to Business Owner: Entrepreneurship Insights – Q&A Series

AOTA also released a free series back in 2020 related to the pandemic, which are still available and some of which are still relevant, which include:

  • Strategies and Resources for Coping with the New Normal: A Guide for Students
  • From Onsite to Online: Addressing Students’ Needs Through a Telehealth Service Delivery Model

You can take these free courses here.

5. Adaptive Mobility Service’s OT’s Role with Driving

I’m super excited to add this free course to our 2024 update. This is a fully online three hour CEU course created by certified driver rehabilitation specialist Susie Touchinsky, OTR/L, SCDCM, CDRS.

It is an introductory course covering OT’s role in driving rehabilitation. The course will help you learn to start the conversation about driving, no matter what OT setting you practice in. Susie’s goal is “for ALL occupational therapy professionals to feel empowered in their practice to address driving risk.”

If you find that you want to go further into driving rehab, she will help you to become a driving rehab specialist yourself and even start your own driving rehab business.

You can take the course here.

5. OccupationalTherapy.com’s One Free Course

OccupationalTherapy.com offers one free 1-hour course of your choice for new users. Just enter their code 1FREECOURSE at checkout.

occupationaltherapycom free ceu

If you enjoy their online platform and would like unlimited online courses after that, you can purchase an annual membership for $129. I am not affiliated with occupationaltherapy.com but I did use use the paid year in 2022 and felt that it does provide a good value for the $129 price. OT.com satisfied all of my state licensing needs at a fair price, and they had courses relevant for all OT settings. 

6. UIC Engage IL’s Free Interprofessional Geriatrics Courses

The University of Illinois at Chicago has created this great resource for multiple healthcare professions (OTs included). Their Online Accredited Learning in Interprofessional Geriatrics program currently offer 27 modules related to the care of older adults.

free ot ceu engage il

The courses are developed, written and vetted by interprofessional geriatric content experts and are AOTA-approved (#10173). 

Just a few course examples include:

  • Promoting Wellness: Managing Chronic Conditions
  • Transitions in Care: Acute Care and the Older Adult
  • Optimizing Physical Activity in Older Adults
  • Palliative Care
  • Preventing Falls Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults
  • Driving Safety of the Older Adult
  • Medication Management in Older Adults
  • Sexuality and the Older Adult
  • The Older Adult with Visual, Hearing, and Cognitive Impairment

There are so many more great course options to choose from here, so be sure to check out their entire course catalogue here.

Thanks so much to My OT Spot reader Stephanie Thomas for sharing this great organization!

7. Montana Geriatric Education Center’s Three Free* Courses

The Montana Geriatric Education Center (MTGEC) – affiliated with the University of Montana – offers three free* 2-hour online courses on cognitive impairment. The courses are created for healthcare professionals.

mgec free ceu

The three courses are:

  • Cognitive Decline and Dementia in Older Adults
  • Screening for Cognitive Impairment
  • Patients as Partners

The courses are offered for free as part of their Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program. If you work with older adults, this is a great option that is well worth your time.

To get credit, you’ll just have to register and pass the exam at the end of the courses with a 70% or higher.

Update: As of February 2024, these courses are now only free to Montana residents, however out-of-state residents can take any two hour course for just $25 (which is still a pretty good deal if you only need a few more hours!)

8. Saebo’s Free Online Continuing Ed Courses

Saebo offers multiple free online evidence-based continuing education courses, which are all approved by AOTA. These are great options if you’re working with neurological populations and/or hand therapy, since Saebo specializes in stroke rehab products related to the upper extremity.

  • Mixed Method Neurorehabilitation (1.25 CEU hours)
  • 5 Ways to Improve Motor Recovery After Stroke (1 hour)
  • Introduction to Electrotherapy: Learn the Basics of Electrical Stimulation (1.5 CEU hours)
  • Saebo Self-Study Certification: Get Certified to Fit the SaeboFlex and SaeboReach (8 CEU hours)
  • Introduction to Electrotherapy: Learn the Basics of Electrical Stimulation (1.5 CEU hours)
  • SaeboGlove: Grasping Functional Recovery (.5 CEU hours)
  • SaeboStretch: A Dynamic Resting Hand Splint for Neurophysiological Changes (.5 CEU hours)
  • SaeboFlex and SaeboReach: Improving Upper Extremity Motor Recovery (.5 CEU hours)
  • Fostering Patient Compliance While at Home (1 CEU hour)

As you can see above, there are so many options to choose from which will give you a huge chunk of free hours. The courses are all self-study and can be taken 24 hours a day.

9. OnlineCE.com’s One Free Course

Similar to OT.com above, OnlineCE.com also offers an introductory free 1-hour course of your choice from their collection of OT CEUs. To get the free course, you’ll click the “Try it Free” to register for your free course.

onlinece ot ceu

The course can also be done any time of day, and has a vast library of options. Some course topics include driver rehabilitation, upper extremity anatomy, ergonomics, pain management in OT,  and hand therapy treatment activities.

10. Wild Iris’s Free CEU Option

Wild Iris Medical Education is a women-owned online continuing education company known for its very low cost CEU options that are approved by AOTA and the NBCOT.  Most of their paid courses run between $10 and $65, with many of them in the $20-$30 range.

wild iris free ot ceu 

Along with their super low-cost courses, they’re currently offering a free COVID-19 course titled The Impact of a Pandemic on Mental Health: Providing Mental Health Interventions for Patients and Healthcare Workers, which is worth checking out since many of us are still dealing with the mental health effects of the last few years. This free course is 1.5 credits.

11. OT Mastery’s Vision Deficits and Occupation Course

Coming from a new continuing education provider, OT Mastery’s AOTA-approved course, Vision Deficits and Occupation, offers 1.25 hours of online continuing education.

The course objectives for this introductory course on low vision include: “Explain how major vision concerns impact a person’s function, identify the major visual impairments and eye conditions that OTs can provide treatment for, [and] describe the difference between vision rehabilitation and low vision treatment as part of occupational therapy.”

The course also offers visual system anatomy, prevalence of vision concerns and disorders, low vision evaluation and treatment as well as case studies along the way.

Bonus Courses (May Not Quality for State Licensing)

AbleNet University’s Free Courses

At the time of this post’s update, AbleNet’s courses are not AOTA-approved but are still really helpful for anyone interested in learning more about assistive technology (especially since these courses are all free!)

AbleNet is an assistive technology company that not only manufactures assistive tech for individuals with disabilities but also provides free live webinars as well as recorded webinars (available 24/7) through their AbleNet University or on their YouTube channel.

albenet free webinar

They currently offer over 250 hours of free assistive technology course content, with several of the courses taught by OTs. A few course examples include:

  • Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Understanding & Responding
  • Mounting Speech Generating Devices and Tablets to Wheelchairs
  • Choose Your Own Switch Adventure: Oh The Places You’ll Go!
  • The Importance of Multimodal Communication
  • Cultivate Calmness, Concentration and Coping Skills

Still Need More CEUs?

If you’re still on the hook for more continuing education hours and you can’t drop $500 for a weekend course, I currently use and highly recommend MedBridge Continuing Education for very high quality and unlimited online OT continuing education courses.

While MedBridge is not free and does not currently offer any free CEUs, you can get a year of unlimited AOTA-approved CEUs and webinars that count towards live courses for just $225 with our promo code MYOTSPOT (the yearly price is normally $375/year). If you’re still on the fence or want to learn more, be sure to check out my in-depth MedBridge review here.

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And there you have it! Please let us know if you’ve discovered any other great free occupational therapy CEUs. We’d love to add them to this list.

Happy learning!

This post was originally published on May 24, 2020 and last updated on May 14, 2024.

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18 comments

  • Michele May 27, 2020   Reply →

    This is such great information! I have used some of them, but you have some great little known ones as well!

    • Sarah Stromsdorfer, OTR/L May 27, 2020   Reply →

      I’m so glad the list has some new ones for you!

  • Tara May 28, 2020   Reply →

    Great options! I do want to point out that the Parkinson’s one, while awesome, does not earn any CEUs.

    • Sarah Stromsdorfer, OTR/L June 3, 2020   Reply →

      Thanks so much for letting me know! It’s been updated 🙂

  • RS June 16, 2020   Reply →

    I do not see AbleNet on AOTA’s list of approved CEU providers – do you know if the AbleNet webinars are NBCOT approved?

    • Sarah Stromsdorfer, OTR/L June 16, 2020   Reply →

      I’m not seeing that NBCOT has a public list of approved CEU providers, so I definitely recommend with each of these options if you aren’t sure to contact your state’s OT board as well as NBCOT to play it safe.

  • Sarina Ussach June 26, 2020   Reply →

    Hello, thanks for this great advice. I reached out to ABLENET and they are definitely NOT certified by AOTA. FYI

    • Sarah Stromsdorfer, OTR/L June 26, 2020   Reply →

      Thanks for letting us know! I would also recommend to anyone who needs additional CEUs for their state licenses to reach out to their state OT board as well if they are interested in these webinars, as they may be approved on a state by state basis. If your state doesn’t approve them, they’re definitely still helpful pediatric courses to consider, especially since they’re free!

  • Dora, COTA/L April 14, 2021   Reply →

    Thank you for this valuable list of options!

  • Kelly Moriarity August 4, 2021   Reply →

    I would like to thank you for this information and thank the individuals for feedback of which ones are not AOTA approved CEUs

  • Stephanie Thomas November 11, 2021   Reply →

    Check out Engage IL for more free courses.

    • Sarah Stromsdorfer, OTR/L November 19, 2021   Reply →

      Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Kari April 1, 2022   Reply →

    Lingraphica will be hosting a free webinar on interdisciplinary approaches to communication with patients with aphasia for AOTA credit on April 14th. They also have a free online course – https://www.aphasia.com/occupational-therapists/

    • Sarah Stromsdorfer, OTR/L April 6, 2022   Reply →

      Thank you for sharing this!

  • KellyTheCOTA December 27, 2022   Reply →

    Are these CEU webinars approved for Live hours or Home study?

    • Sarah Stromsdorfer, OTR/L January 22, 2023   Reply →

      Hi Kelly, these are all recorded (not live) options.

  • Rachel Litsey November 27, 2023   Reply →

    Thank you so much for putting together all of this helpful information! I believe OT Potential Podcast offers 2 free CEUs. https://otpotential.com/ceu-podcast-courses

    • Sarah Stromsdorfer, OTR/L November 30, 2023   Reply →

      Thanks so much for sharing these, Rachel! I will add them to the article as well.

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