About Certification CEs

About certification exams

There are two agencies qualified by Medicare (CMS) to credential individuals to become certified to fit prefabricated orthotic devices.

  • The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC) awards the Certified Fitter orthotics (CFo) credential. Go to www.abcop.org for additional information. ATi is accredited by ABC to qualify individuals to sit for the ABC orthotic fitter certification exam.
  • Board of Certification/Accreditation International (BOC) awards the Certified Orthotic Fitter (COF) credential. BOC requires an educational program like ATi, but does not accredit any such program. Go to www.bocinternational.org for additional information.

To qualify to take either of their orthotic fitter exams, both ABC and BOC require:

  • 1000 hours (roughly 6 months) of hands-on experience (Before, during, or after the ATi)
  • Passing an approved orthotic fitter school such as the ATi
  • Submit an attestation form (download from ABC or BOC) to validate experience
  • Paying appropriate fees

Certification exams must be taken within 2 years of completing the ATi.

While their scopes of practice for orthotic fitters are relatively similar, the one outstanding difference relates to fitting therapeutic shoes. While BOC includes therapeutic shoes in its COF certification, ABC has a separate shoe fitter certification so the ABC CFo certification excludes therapeutic shoes.

About Continuing Education (CE)

Once certified, individuals are required to acquire Continuing Education in order to maintain their certification. This typically involves earning X number of educational credits over a 5 year period of time. Check with your certifying agency for the required number of credits to maintain certification once you become certified. Also check with your certifying agency as to number of CEs that are awarded for taking the online ATi.