Certification: the highest standard of qualification available in the field of prosthetic and orthotics in Canada
Certification in Prosthetic and Orthotics and The CBCPO
The Canadian Board for Certification of Prosthetists and Orthotists (CBCPO) was founded in 1968 in order to assure the public, particularly physicians and their patients, the highest quality prosthetic and orthotic care. The designation of Certification is the standard used in Canada, the United States, and in the UK. It is recognized around the world.
The CBCPO’s mandate is fulfilled by the certification of practitioners through national examinations, the accreditation of prosthetic and orthotic facilities and clinical schools, as well as overseeing the completion of mandatory continuing education and overseeing the adherence of our members to strict codes of ethical conduct. Certification in this profession is the standard that recognizes those who are properly trained and qualified to provide prosthetic and orthotic care to the physically disabled population.
Requirements for Canadian certification include successful graduation from one of 3 recognized school programs in Clinical Methods in Orthotics and Prosthetics, followed by a minimum two year internship under the supervision of a certified member in good standing. Once these prerequisites have been met, that person will become eligible to take the clinical examinations established by the CBCPO. The Canadian Certification exams are amongst the most stringent in the world and consist of three days of practical, oral and written exams. These clinical practitioners may be certified in one or both of these disciplines. Certified prosthetists are designated by the initials CP(c), certified orthotists by CO(c), while dual certification is recognized by the initials CPO(c). The small (c) following each designation indicates Canadian certification.
Certification and Ontario Ministry of Health funding
In Ontario, the Ministry of Health (MoH) and Long Term Care recognizes the designation of Certification in Prosthetics and Orthotics and allows Certified Orthotists and Prosthetists to bill the MoH for custom made prosthetic and orthotic devices when required for chronic physical disabilities and prescribed by a physician.
Certified Orthotists and Prosthetists are the only Professionals in this field that are allowed to access public funds for orthopaedic appliances and prosthetic devices. Not all orthopaedic appliances are covered under the Assistive Devices Program of the MoH. An assessment by a Certified Orthotist is required to determine if your physical impairment and appliance requirement will qualify for funding assistance through the MoH.