There are two agencies qualified by Medicare (CMS) to credential individuals to become certified to fit prefabricated orthotic devices.
To qualify to take either of their orthotic fitter exams, both ABC and BOC require:
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.
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.