I am an occupational therapist (OT). I graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 1993.
The R after the OT means that I am registered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy which “serves the public interest by advancing client care and professional practice through evidence-based certification standards and the validation of knowledge essential for effective practice in occupational therapy” (http://www.nbcot.org/about-us).
The L means that I am licensed by the State of California. The State of California requires occupational therapists to maintain their license by participating in 24 hours of continuing competency every two years. This requirement helps maintain the aptitudes, capabilities and expertise of their members. This ensures the quality of care and treatment of clients.
I am also an IBCLC which stands for International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. An IBCLC is a health care provider who specializes in the assessment and management of breastfeeding (lactation). In order to become a IBCLC I had three tasks to master.
I studied lactation at the University of San Diego (extension course) which consisted of 90 hours of education about breastfeeding science and management.
I also completed 300 hours of hands on breastfeeding evaluation and care with woman and babies.
In addition, I took (and passed) the International Board Certification Exam presented b the IBCLE (https://iblce.org)