Orthotist & Prosthetist

You must meet the following requirements to be eligible to take the practitioner certification exams. Please refer to the Practitioner Candidate Guide ​for specific eligibility requirements.

There are two pathways for certification:

*Starting January 1, 2022, all new applicants for orthotist or prosthetist certification will be required to take the combined discipline written multiple choice exam.

Combined Discipline Written Exam

You may pursue this pathway if you are a recent graduate of an orthotic and prosthetics master’s degree program. The education requirement detailed below is required for eligibility. A clinical residency is required for eligibility for the single discipline simulation and CPM exams.

​Single Discipline

You may pursue this pathway after you have completed both the education and clinical residency requirements detailed below. In this pathway, your exams are specific to the discipline you are applying for, either Orthotics or Prosthetics.


Both Pathways

Clinical Residency

Single Discipline Pathway

One of the most important parts of your preparation your practitioner certification exams is your NCOPE accredited residency. The competency assessments that are a part of your residency are a good gauge of your knowledge and skills in a particular practice area. Check out the NCOPE Residency Standards for more information on the types of devices  residents are required to have experienced. 

Contact our Team

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Stephen Fletcher, CPO, LPO

Director, Professional Credentialing

Directs ABC’s Professional Ethics, Certification, Scope of Practice and Government Relations programs. Manages all ABC’s certification exam development and administration activities. Facilitates coordination of professional/clinical issues across all ABC programs, including state licensure.

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Meg Hayes

Certification Program Assistant

Primary contact for: general certification and application inquiries and state licensure verification requests

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Tabita Whilden

Certification Technology Coordinator

Contact for: certification data management, assistance with certification verifications, exam registration and website assistance.

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Lauren Moran

Certification Candidate Coordinator

Contact for: certification program inquiries, certification application assistance and status and licensure examination inquiries.

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