How do I sign up for a pre-certification course?
Registration is handled by the course provider. Please contact them directly for more information.
I didn’t complete my course before the application deadline, can I still apply?
No, you must complete your course either on or before the application deadline.
How much is a pre-certification course?
Enrollment fees vary depending on the course. Please contact the course provider for more information.
I completed the course back in 2011, does that count?
Yes, we accept courses that are completed within five years of the date of your application.
I will not have completed my 1,000 experience hours by the application deadline, but I will have them by the exam date. Can I still apply?
No, the required number of hours must be completed on or before the application deadline.
How and where do I obtain the 1,000 hours of experience?
Your experience can be gained from any business that primarily provides pedorthic patient care. A list of accredited facilities can be located using the
If your experience is from a business that is not primarily engaged in pedorthic patient care, your experience will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine whether it meets the intent of the requirement.
How do I log my hours?
What fees do I submit with my application?
The application and exam fees are due when you submit your application. Please note that the application fee is non-refundable.
What documents do I submit with my application?
Please include the following:
What if I can’t find my high school or college diploma or GED certificate?
Unfortunately, we will not be able to approve your application if you cannot submit one of the above documents.
I obtained my education outside of the United States. What documents do I need to submit?
My supervisor is certified by another credentialing body, can he/she attest for my hours?
What are examples of professional referral sources?
Any appropriately licensed healthcare prescriber that is familiar with your professional knowledge and skills (i.e., medical doctor, physician, podiatrist, nurse practitioner, etc.).
When will ABC notify me of my application status?
You will receive notification of your eligibility status within four weeks of receipt of your application. This notification will be sent directly to you via email as well as mailed to your home address. You can also check your application status by logging in to your
My ABC account
Once my application is accepted, how do I register for the exam?
ABC will send you an email with information on how to register for a specific time, date and location with Prometric, our testing provider.
Are there exam prep materials available?Yes, pedorthist exam prep materials
are available, including a test content outline, practice analysis of the O&P profession, exam references and a recommended reading list. In addition, there are sample written exam questions and information on available exam review courses (provided independently of ABC).
What if I can’t find a testing center close to me?
Unfortunately, availability at the testing centers is on a first come, first served basis with limited seating. If you are having difficulty finding a location close to you, please contact us at 703-836-7114 ext. 229 or at
What if I can’t make it to the exam?
You are provided a thirty day cancellation period without incurring a penalty. If you cancel in less than thirty days, there is a $50 fee.