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Orthotist/Prosthetist FAQs

Single Discipline Pathway (CO or CP)

Eligibility
How do I know if I am eligible for the single discipline pathway?

If you have a Master’s degree in orthotics and prosthetics from a CAAHEP accredited program and completed a 12 or 18-month NCOPE residency program, you are eligible.

Can I take the single discipline exam if I am currently enrolled in an NCOPE residency program?

No, you must complete your residency prior to taking any single discipline examinations. 

Can I take the exam if I am currently enrolled in an NCOPE residency program?

Yes. You just need a master’s degree in O&P from a CAAHEP-accredited program.

Can I take the combined written exam if I have a Master’s in O&P AND I’ve also completed my NCOPE residency?

Yes. If you are ultimately seeking a CPO credential, you can take the combined exam.

When can I apply for the single discipline written, simulation and CPM exams?

Once you have completed your residency for that discipline. Once approved, you will receive a three-year eligibility period for these exams.​

 

Application Process
How do I determine my certification application status?

We will send a notice of your eligibility status via email.  You may also check your application status by logging in to your MY ABC account.

What if I missed the application deadline? Can I still apply?

You have up to fifteen days to apply after the application deadline. You will be required to pay a $100 late fee. 

I want to apply for another credential. Do I have to pay another application fee?

Yes, the application and exam fees for another 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. You may also check your application status by logging in to your MY ABC account.

What if I don’t have the required documents by the application deadline?

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.

Residency
My residency end date is after the deadline for my desired exam cycle. Am I still eligible for that cycle?

No, your residency must be marked completed on or before the residency deadline.

How will ABC know when my residency is complete?

NCOPE will provide confirmation of your residency completion to ABC.

What if I am unable to complete my residency requirements by the residency deadline for my desired exam cycle?

You will be deferred to the next exam cycle.    

Fees
What fees do I submit with my application?

Both the application and exam fees are due with your application. The application fee is non-refundable. 

When you are eligible to sit for the discipline specific written and simulation exams, Application 2 and Application 3 fee(s) and the applicable exam fee(s) will be due at the time of submission.

Exam Process
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 certification@abcop.org.

If I applied for more than one discipline during the same exam cycle, can I take all of my exams during the same day and/or cycle?

Yes, you can take more than one exam on the same day, space and time permitting.

What if I register and then realize I can’t take the exam that day?

You have up to thirty days prior to the exam date to cancel the exam without incurring a penalty. You will incur a $55 cancellation fee if you cancel less than thirty days.

If you cancel within 5 days of your exam date, you will forfeit your exam fee and be required to re-register for the next available cycle.

What if I forgot to schedule for my exam?

You will forfeit your exam fee and be required to re-register for the next available cycle.​ ​

When will I receive my exam results?

For the written and simulation exams, you will receive an immediate on-screen pass/fail result when you finish your exam. You will receive an email with an official score report within 24 hours for the written exam.

Simulation and CPM exam score reports will be emailed approximately three to four weeks after the exam. 

How many times can I take the practitioner exams?

Once your initial application is approved, you are provided with a three-year eligibility window in which you are allowed four attempts at the exam.

Exam Content
Is the combined written exam simply a combination of the current single discipline written exams?

No. It is a new exam with its own test specifications. The single discipline exams are designed for candidates who have completed an NCOPE residency in that discipline. The combined exam is designed for candidates who have just graduated from a CAAHEP accredited master’s program.

After the Exam
If I fail the exam, when can I re-take it?

For written exams, you may re-register 24 hours after taking your exam for the next available exam cycle by the application deadline.

For Simulation and CPM exams, you may re-register after receiving your score report three to four weeks after the exam cycle has ended. Registration must be submitted by the application deadline for the desired exam cycle.

If I take the combined exam and fail it, can I take the single discipline written exam in the future?

Yes. Once you have completed your residency, you can apply for the single discipline written exams. You will be required to pay an additional application and exam fees.

How many times can I take the practitioner exams?

Once your initial application is approved, you are provided with a three-year eligibility window in which you are allowed four attempts at the exam.

What happens if I've failed a practitioner exam four times?

If you have failed an exam four times or if your eligibility period has expired, you must reapply for eligibility. Please reference the ABC Practitioner Candidate Guide for more information.

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 discipline specific continuing education credit requirements.

If I passed all of my exams, when will I receive my certificate?

Certificates are mailed four weeks after the conclusion of the exam cycle.

How much is my annual fee and when is it due?

Your annual fee is $330 and is due by December 1st. The fee for your first year will be prorated.

Combined Discipline Pathway (CPO)

Eligibility
How do I know if I am eligible for the combined written exam?

If you have a master’s degree in orthotics and prosthetics from a CAAHEP accredited program, you are eligible.

Do I have to complete an NCOPE residency program to apply for the combined exam?

No. You may apply online for the combined written exam immediately after graduation. Check the application deadlines for your desired exam cycle.

Can I take the exam if I am currently enrolled in an NCOPE residency program?

Yes. You just need a master’s degree in O&P from a CAAHEP-accredited program.

Can I take the combined written exam if I have a Master’s in O&P AND I’ve also completed my NCOPE residency?

Yes. If you are ultimately seeking a CPO credential, you can take the combined exam.

When can I apply for the single discipline written, simulation and CPM exams?

Once you have completed your residency for that discipline. Once approved, you will receive a three-year eligibility period for these exams.​

 

Application Process
How do I determine my certification application status?

We will send a notice of your eligibility status via email.  You may also check your application status by logging in to your MY ABC account.

What if I missed the application deadline? Can I still apply?

You have up to fifteen days to apply after the application deadline. You will be required to pay a $100 late fee. 

I want to apply for another credential. Do I have to pay another application fee?

Yes, the application and exam fees for another credential are due when you apply.  

What if I don’t have the required documents by the application deadline?

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.

Residency
My residency end date is after the deadline for my desired exam cycle. Am I still eligible for that cycle?

No, your residency must be marked completed on or before the residency deadline.

How will ABC know when my residency is complete?

NCOPE will provide confirmation of your residency completion to ABC.

What if I am unable to complete my residency requirements by the residency deadline for my desired exam cycle?

You will be deferred to the next exam cycle.    

Fees
What fees do I submit with my application?

Both the application and exam fees are due with your application. The application fee is non-refundable. 

When you are eligible to sit for the discipline specific written and simulation exams, Application 2 and Application 3 fee(s) and the applicable exam fee(s) will be due at the time of submission.

Exam Process
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 certification@abcop.org.

If I applied for more than one discipline during the same exam cycle, can I take all of my exams during the same day and/or cycle?

Yes, you can take more than one exam on the same day, space and time permitting.

What if I register and then realize I can’t take the exam that day?

You have up to thirty days prior to the exam date to cancel the exam without incurring a penalty. You will incur a $55 cancellation fee if you cancel less than thirty days.

If you cancel within 5 days of your exam date, you will forfeit your exam fee and be required to re-register for the next available cycle.

What if I forgot to schedule for my exam?

You will forfeit your exam fee and be required to re-register for the next available cycle.​ ​

How many times can I take the practitioner exams?

Once your initial application is approved, you are provided with a three-year eligibility window in which you are allowed four attempts at the exam.

Exam Content
Is the combined written exam simply a combination of the current single discipline written exams?

No. It is a new exam with its own test specifications. The single discipline exams are designed for candidates who have completed an NCOPE residency in that discipline. The combined exam is designed for candidates who have just graduated from a CAAHEP accredited master’s program.

After the Exam
If I fail the exam, when can I re-take it?

For written exams, you may re-register 24 hours after taking your exam for the next available exam cycle by the application deadline.

For Simulation and CPM exams, you may re-register after receiving your score report three to four weeks after the exam cycle has ended. Registration must be submitted by the application deadline for the desired exam cycle.

If I take the combined exam and fail it, can I take the single discipline written exam in the future?

Yes. Once you have completed your residency, you can apply for the single discipline written exams. You will be required to pay an additional application and exam fees.

How many times can I take the practitioner exams?

Once your initial application is approved, you are provided with a three-year eligibility window in which you are allowed four attempts at the exam.

What happens if I've failed a practitioner exam four times?

If you have failed an exam four times or if your eligibility period has expired, you must reapply for eligibility. Please reference the ABC Practitioner Candidate Guide for more information.

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 discipline specific continuing education credit requirements.

If I passed all of my exams, when will I receive my certificate?

Certificates are mailed four weeks after the conclusion of the exam cycle.

How much is my annual fee and when is it due?

Your annual fee is $330 and is due by December 1st. The fee for your first year will be prorated.

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