Therapeutic Shoe Fitter

 What is an ABC Certified Fitter-therapeutic shoes?

​An ABC Certified Fitter-therapeutic shoes is an allied health professional specifically educated and trained to provide non-custom therapeutic shoes and non-custom multi-density inserts. This includes fitting, adjusting or modifying devices that reflect the level of education and training received.

 Scope of Practice

ABC's Certified Fitter-therapeutic shoes Scope of Practice​ details the specific functions of a certified therapeutic shoe fitter. This includes patient assessment, formulation of a treatment plan, implementation of the treatment plan, follow-up and practice management.

Additionally, the certified therapeutic shoe fitter 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.


​Candidates who have met the ABC requirements and passed the certification exam will be awarded the Certified Fitter-therapeutic shoes (CFts) credential.

 Approved Therapeutic Shoe Fitter Pre-Cert Courses

​​You must complete an ABC-approved pre-certification course as part of your eligibility requirement for taking the exam. A complete list of approved providers and course dates is available here.


You must meet the following requirements to be eligible to take the therapeutic shoe fitter certification exam. Please refer to the ABC Fitter Candidate Guide for specific eligibility requirements.



  • Completion of 250 hours of supervised therapeutic shoe fitting patient care experience obtained either before or after completion of your therapeutic shoe education course. Any experience with initial patient evaluations and final fitting/deliveries of therapeutic shoes/inserts must be done under Direct Supervision. Please refer to the ABC Scope of Practice for more information regarding Direct Supervision.


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

You will need the following documentation, which can be uploaded to your dahsboard once you start the application proces​ or emailed to certification@abcop.org.​

  • Your completed Therapeutic Shoe Fitter Attestation form verifying your clinical experience, signed by the supervising ABC Certified Orthotist (CO), Certified Prosthetist Orthotist (CPO), Certified Pedorthist (C.Ped.), Certified Fitter - therapeutic shoes (CFts) or professional referral source.
For more information regarding the application process, please refer to the ABC Fitter Candidate Guide.

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


Exam Format and Availability
The two-hour, multiple-choice exam consists of 100 items designed to measure your knowledge of therapeutic shoe fitting. Knowledge assessed on the exam includes patient assessment, shoe fitting techniques, follow-up care, ethics and professionalism.  

The exam is given using computer-based testing (CBT). The exam is offered every other month at over 300 locations nationwide. Check out the testing locations​ in your area.

Exam Preparation
ABC has created numerous resources to help you prepare for your therapeutic shoe fitter certification exam​. Please click here to access these resources .​

 Fees & Dates

​Application Fee (non-refundable)​​$75
​Exam Fee​$175
​Exam Retake Fee​$175
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 after certification is awarded): $125 and is due by December 1st every year. Your first year fee will be prorated and due upon receipt.​​

Exam Dates and Deadlines

Exam Cycle​Application Deadline
February 1-6, 2021December 1, 2020
April 12-17, 2021February 1, 2021
June 7-12, 2021​April 1, 2021
August 2-7, 2021​June 1, 2021
October 1-31​, 2020August 1, 2020
December 7-12, 2020​October 1, 2020



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 often should I take a pre-certification course?
We accept courses that are completed within five years of the date of your application.
How and where do I obtain my experience?
Your experience can be gained from any business that primarily provides therapeutic shoe patient care. A list of accredited facilities can be located using the ABC Dir​ectory. If your experience is from a business that is not primarily engaged in orthotic fitting 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?
Use the Therapeutic Shoe Fitter Exam Candidate Self Assessment 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 Therapeutic Shoe Fitter Competency Attestation form completed by your supervisor to verify your experience.
I will not have completed my 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
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 Therapeutic Shoe Fitter Competency Attestation​ form​.  

Application Process

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.
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 logging 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. 221 or at certification@abcop.org​.
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 fee if you cancel less than thirty days.
When will I receive my exam results?
You will receive an immediate on-screen score report when you finish your exam. You will also be emailed 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 Fitter 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 mastectomy fitter continuing education credit requirements.​