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Assistants

 

Assistant Continuing Education Requirements

The following requirements have been established for maintaining your certification. Please consult the Guide to Maintaining Your Certification for additional information.

 Single Discipline (COA & CPA)


  • A total of 50 credits must be earned during your five-year cycle for your time limited certificate.
  • A minimum of 30 credits must be Category I Scientific.
  • A maximum of 20 credits may be Business and/or Category II Scientific.
  • Business credits may be earned in Category I or Category II, but do not count toward satisfying the 30 Category I Scientific credits.

 Dual Discipline (CPOA)

  • A total of 65 credits must be earned during your five-year cycle for your time limited certificate.
  • A minimum of 45 credits must be Category I Scientific.
  • A maximum of 20 credits may be Business and/or Category II Scientific.
  • Business credits may be earned in Category I or Category II, but do not count toward satisfying the required 45 Category I Scientific credits.
  • When extending your credential (from COA or CPA to CPOA), the most recent certification year will determine the continuing education effective date. For example, if your orthotic certification was awarded in 2013 and your prosthetic certification was awarded in 2014, your continuing education effective date would be 2014.

 Failure to Satisfy the Requirements

 

If you do not comply with the continuing education requirements by the end of your five-year cycle, your credential will be suspended for up to one year.

ABC will notify you of deficient credits and impending suspension. Following receipt of notification, you will be required to notify ABC within 30 days of your intent to earn the deficient credits, plus an additional 15 penalty credits within the current calendar year, of which 10 credits must be Category I Scientific. Failure to provide ABC with this notice of intent may result in revocation of certification.

During suspension, you are not permitted to use your ABC certification title or number, you will not receive complimentary publications, nor will you be included in the ABC directory. In addition, your annual renewal fees will be temporarily waived.​