|The applicant must be recommended to the board of directors of the Corporation by the examination committee for award of certification in the discipline in which the applicant passes the exam.||
For a person to be awarded certification by the Canadian Board for Certification of Prosthetists and Orthotists the following requirements and procedures must be followed:
If an resident has completed or is completing the required residency period, and has not yet passed the certification exam, the resident is bound by the same requirements of supervision until the certification exam is passed in that discipline. It must be understood that the resident must not dispense devices to patients on scheduled unsupervised days or conduct him/herself in any other way contrary to the Canons of Ethical Conduct.
This may result in the loss of credit for an residency period.
The applicant must apply and be accepted to sit the certification exam by the credentials committee. All applicants are expected to have conducted themselves within the Canons of Ethical Conduct during their residency. Any resident who is found to have breached the Canons of Ethical Conduct may risk having their application to write the certification exam denied. The resident would also risk losing credit for the entire period or a portion thereof of their residency time.
The applicant must pass the exam as set by the examination committee.
The applicant must be recommended to the board of directors of the Corporation by the examination committee for award of certification in the discipline in which the applicant passes the exam.
The applicant must be accepted by the board of directors for the certification award and therefore acceptance as a member of the corporation for a five-year term subject to renewal thereafter on the terms and conditions set out in accordance with the Corporation by-laws.
Foreign-trained applicants must have their education assessed by the education committee and by
a third party assessment organization as directed by the Corporation. If foreign qualifications are
deemed equivalent to the current standards of the Corporation, then the individual will be
required to register with the residency program and complete a residency, in Canada, of 3450
hours. The applicant must be employed in a prosthetic-orthotic facility. The residency must be
completed in Canada, under the supervision of an on-site resident certifee, in good standing with
the Corporation, in the appropriate discipline, prior to receiving consideration to sit the
certification exam. The candidate’s first attempt at the exam must be made within five years once
entered into the program. The residency chairperson may give exceptions on written approval.
All foreign-trained individuals must be legal landed immigrants or Canadian citizens at the time of the application to sit the exam.
ABC certified individuals applying to write the Canadian National certification exam
This section applies to all ABC certified prosthetic and orthotic practitioners who:
The education committee will review ABC applicants on an individual basis. Those BOC certifees who are now ABC certified and who have purchased their certificate from ABC will not be accepted under this reciprocity agreement to apply to write the CBCPO certification exam. These individuals may apply under Article IV- Section 1: Foreign-trained Applicants.
Examination application procedure
Application Deadline Dates:
The completed examination application forms must be received by registered courier mail by the Associations manager of the Corporation no later than November 30 of the year immediately proceeding the examination year. The non-refundable application fee must accompany the application. Examination application forms and full detailed instructions regarding application must be obtained from the Associations manager.
An applicant's acceptance for the certification examinations will stand for that year. If the individual does not sit the examination, they will have to submit a new examination application form and reapply under the rules and qualifications that then apply.
The Certification Exam
The exam consists of 3-sections:
The Written exams are conducted within each region 2 weeks prior to the oral and practical exam. The Oral and practical exam will be held at a site as directed by CBCPO.
The candidate should have experience in each of the following procedures and be prepared to be examined in any of them.
Practitioners who successfully complete the education, clinical experience and examination requirements prescribed by CBCPO are conferred the credentials of:
Residency Applications (PDF)
For more detail contact
CBCPO Head Office
Fax: (204) 947-3627