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(a) The Department may authorize examinations of applicants as orthotists, prosthetists, pedorthists, assistants, fitters and technicians at times and places as it may determine. The examination of applicants shall assess the competency and the qualifications of the applicant to practice in their specific discipline of practice.
(b) Applicants for examination as orthotists, prosthetists, pedorthists, assistants, fitters and technicians shall be required to pay, either to the Department or the designated examination provider, a fee covering the cost of providing the examination. Failure to appear for the examination on the scheduled date at the time and place specified after the applicant's application for examination has been received and acknowledged by the Department or the designated examination provider shall result in the forfeiture of the examination fee.
(c) If an applicant neglects, fails or refuses to take an examination or fails to pass an examination for a license under this Act within three years after filing his or her application, the application shall be denied. All fees are nonrefundable. The applicant may make a new application for examination accompanied by the required fee and must furnish proof of meeting qualifications for licensure in effect at the time of new application.
(d) The Department shall set by rule the maximum number of attempts that an applicant may make to pass the examination within a specified period of time. The Department shall also determine any further training required before a re-examination.
(e) The Department may use consultants for the purpose of preparing and conducting examinations.