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O&P Technician

 What is an ABC Certified Technician?

An ABC Certified Technician is an individual trained and qualified to assist an ABC credentialed individual by providing technical support. The certified technician fabricates, repairs and maintains orthoses and/or prostheses; and is also proficient in current fabricating techniques, familiar with material properties and skilled in the use of appropriate equipment. ABC Certified Technicians may not use their credentials as independent providers of patient care.

 Scope of Practice

ABC's Certified Technician Scope of Practice details the specific functions of a certified technician. This includes assessment of orthotic and/or prosthetic technical requirements, formulation and implementation of fabrication, follow-up and practice management.

Additionally, the certified technician is required to support and conform to the ABC Code of Professional Responsibility which promotes and assures the overall welfare of the patient and the integrity of the profession.

 Credential

Once you have met the ABC requirements and passed the certification exam, you will be awarded the Certified Orthotic Technician (CTO) or Certified Prosthetic Technician (CTP) credential. Once you have met the ABC requirements and passed certification exams for both disciplines, you will be awarded the Certified Prosthetic-Orthotic Technician (CTPO) credential.

 Eligibility

You must meet the following requirements to be eligible to take the technician certification exam. Please refer to the ABC Technician Candidate Guide for specific eligibility requirements.

There are two pathways for certification:

           Pathway 1 (Education Only)

           Pathway 2 (Education and Experience)

    • ​​​​Education:  High school diploma, GED certificate, college transcript or World Education Service (WES) Credential Evaluation (only applicable if you received your education in a foreign country)

    • ​Experience: Completion of two years of technical experience in the discipline(s) of application under the supervision of an ABC Certified Practitioner or an ABC Certified Technician in that discipline(s).

 Application

​Once you have met the eligibility requirements, submit your application online.

You will need the following documentation, which can uploaded to your online dashboard once you start the application process or you can email certification@abcop.org. ​

Pathway 1

Pathway 2

​For more information regarding the application process, please refer to the ABC Technician Candidate Guide.

Retaking the Exam:  You may register to retake the exam by using the online application.

 Exams

Exam Format and Availability 
The two-and-a-half-​hour, multiple choice exam consists of 125 items designed to measure your knowledge of orthotic or prosthetic fabrication techniques. Knowledge assessed on the exam includes anatomy,  human locomotion, effects of orthotic/prosthetic design on gait, biomechanics, medical terminology, material safety procedures, ethics and professionalism.

The exam is given using computer-based testing (CBT). The exam is offered every other month at over 350 locations nationwide. Check out the testing locations in your area.

​Exam Preparation
We created numerous resources to help you prepare for your ABC Orthotic ​and Prosthetic Technician certification exams. Please click here to access these resources.​

 Fees & Dates

​Fees
​Application Fee (non-refundable)​​​$100​
​Exam Fee​$200
​Exam Retake Fee​$200
Late Fee (non-refundable)*​$75
*Applications submitted after the application deadline for the applicable exam cycle will be subjected to the late fee.

Annual Fee (required once certification is awarded): $90 and will be prorated for your first year.  Due by December 1st.

Exam Dates and Deadlines

​​​​Exam Cycle

​Application Deadline

February 10-15, 2020 December 1, 2019
April 6-11, 2020 ​February 1, 2020
June 8-13, 2020 April 1, 2020
August 3-8, 2020 June 1, 2020
October 1-31 2020 August 1, 2020
December 7-12, 2020 ​October 1, 2020​

 FAQs

Eligibility

I didn’t complete my program before the application deadline, can I still apply?
No, you must complete your course either on or before the application deadline.

​I plan to apply under Pathway 1.  How do I find an accredited program?
If you are applying under Pathway 1, you can find a list o​f approved programs can be located on NCOPE's website. Registration is handled by the course provider, so please contact them directly for more information.​

I plan to apply under Pathway 2.  How and where do I obtain the two years of technical experience?
Use the Technician Exam Candidate Self Assesment Checklist​ as a guideline for the areas you should focus on and the amount of time you should be spending in each area. You are required to submit a Technician Exam Candidate Self Assesment Checklist completed by your supervisor to verify your experience.​

I will not have completed my experience requirement by the application deadline, but I will have them by the exam date. Can I still apply?
No, the experience requirement must be completed on or before the application deadline.​

My supervisor is certified by another credentialing body, can he/she attest for my hours?
No, your supervisor must meet the credentialing requirements listed on the Technician Competency Attestation Form. ​

​How do I apply?
​You must apply using the online application.

What if I missed the application deadline?  Can I still apply?
Yes. You have thirty days to apply after the deadline, but will incur the $75 late fee.

If I am applying for both disciplines, do I submit an application fee for each credential?
Yes, application​ fees are required for each discipline. You must also submit two separate applications if you are applying for orthotics and prosthetics at the same time.

I am extending my credential, do I submit an application fee again?
Yes, the application and exam fees for the second credential are due when you apply.

When will ABC notify me of my application status?
​We will send a notice of your eligibility status via email and mail within four weeks of receiving your application. Check your application status by loggin in to your MY ABC account.​

What if I don’t yet have the required documents by the application deadline?
Your application will be denied; however, we will defer your exam fees to the subsequent cycle. If we do not receive the required documents by the deadline for the next cycle, your application will be denied, and a refund of your exam fee(s) will be issued.  It is your responsibility to reapply for eligibility with the required fees.

​Application Process

How do I apply?
​You must apply using the online application.

What if I missed the application deadline?  Can I still apply?
Yes. You have thirty days to apply after the deadline, but will incur the $75 late fee.

If I am applying for both disciplines, do I submit an application fee for each credential?
Yes, application​ fees are required for each discipline. You must also submit two separate applications if you are applying for orthotics and prosthetics at the same time.

I am extending my credential, do I submit an application fee again?
Yes, the application and exam fees for the second credential are due when you apply.

When will ABC notify me of my application status?
​We will send a notice of your eligibility status via email and mail within four weeks of receiving your application. Check your application status by loggin in to your MY ABC account.

What if I don’t yet have the required documents by the application deadline?
Your application will be denied; however, we will defer your exam fees to the subsequent cycle. If we do not receive the required documents by the deadline for the next cycle, your application will be denied, and a refund of your exam fee(s) will be issued.  It is your responsibility to reapply for eligibility with the required fees.

The Exam Process

Once my application is accepte​d, how do I register for the exam?
We will email you registration information on how to register for a specific time, date and location with our testing provider, Prometric.

What if I can’t find a testing center close to me?
Availability at the testing centers is on a first come, first served basis. If you are having difficulty finding a location near you, please contact us at 703-836-7114 ext. 229 or at certification@abcop.org​​​.​

What if I register and then realize I can’t take the exam that day?
You have thirty days prior to the exam date to cancel without penalty. If less than thirty days, you will incur a $55 fee. 

When will I receive my exam results?
You will receive an immediate on-screen score report when you finish your exam. You will also receive an email with an official score report within 24 hours. 

If I fail my exam, when can I re-take it?
You may immediately register for the next available exam cycle.

How many times can I take the exam?
Once your initial application is approved, you are eligible to take the exam a maximum of four times within a three-year period. If you fail the exam four times or if your eligibility period has expired, you must reapply for eligibility. Please reference the ABC Technician Candidate Guide for more information.​​​

If I have applied for more than one discipline during an exam cycle, can I take all of my exams during the same day and/or cycle?
Yes, you are able to take more than one exam during the same day, space and time permitting.

After the Exam

If I passed my exam, when will I receive my certificate?
Certificates are mailed four weeks after the conclusion of the exam cycle.

What do I do to maintain my certification?
Once you are certified, you have a five-year certification cycle in which you must earn continuing education credits and submit an annual fee. See the Guide for Maintaining Certification​ for information on technician continuing education credit requirements.