The prosthetic and orthotic profession is made up of clinical and technical health professionals that are uniquely trained. Clinical professionals are certified in orthotics, prosthetics or both and technicians are registered in orthotics, prosthetics or both.
A certified practitioner is a health professional who is specifically educated and clinically trained to manage the provision of comprehensive orthotic and prosthetic care, based upon a clinical assessment, to restore physiological function and/or cosmesis. As the practitioner responsible for all patient care, the certified practitioner independently provides or supervises the provision of comprehensive orthotic and/or prosthetic care. This includes patient assessment, formulation of a treatment plan, implementation of the treatment plan, follow-up, and practice management. In addition, the certified prosthetist and/or orthotist is obligated to support and conform to the professional responsibilities which promote and assure the overall welfare of the patient and the integrity of the profession.
Certification is awarded as an attestation of competency for the public, those who require orthotic/prosthetic services, and those in other health professions. The awarding of certification provides the certified practitioner with an appropriate and meaningful recognition of professional competence.
Classification of Certification:
- CP(c) = Certified Prosthetist in Canada
- CO(c) = Certified Orthotist in Canada
- CPO(c) = Certified Prosthetist and Orthotist in Canada
Registration promotes the development of technical competence and provides recognition within the profession of those individuals who demonstrate technical competence in orthotics and/or prosthetics. Technician Registration is awarded as an attestation of competency for the public, those who require orthotic/prosthetic services, and those in other health professions. The awarding of registration provides the Registered Technician with an appropriate and meaningful recognition of professional competence.
Classification of Registration:
- RTP(c) = Registered Technician in Prosthetics in Canada
- RTO(c) = Registered Technician in Orthotics in Canada
- RTPO(c) = Registered Technician in Prosthetics and Orthotics in Canada
Scopes of Practice