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Orthotic Fitter

 What is an ABC Certified Fitter-orthotics?

An ABC certified fitter-orthotics is an allied health professional specifically educated and trained in the provision of certain orthoses. This includes fitting, adjusting, or modifying devices that reflect the level of education and training received.

 Scope of Practice

ABC's Certified Fitter-orthotics Scope of Practice​​ details the specific functions of a certified orthotic fitter. This includes patient assessment, formulation of a treatment plan, implementation of the treatment plan, follow-up and practice management.

Additionally, the Certified Fitter-orthotics is required to support and conform to the ABC Code of Professional Responsibility which promotes and assures the overall welfare of the patient and the integrity of the profession.

 Credential

​Once you have met the ABC requirements and passed the certification exam, you will be awarded the Certified Fitter-orthotics (CFo) credential.

 Approved Orthotic Fitter Pre-Cert Courses

​​You must complete an ABC approved pre-certification course as part of your eligibility requirement for taking the exam. A complete list of approved providers and course dates is available here.

 Eligibility

You must meet the following requirements to be eligible to take the ABC orthotic fitter certification exam. Please refer to the ABC Fitter Candidate Guide for specific eligiblity requirements.

There are two pathways for certification:

Education Requirements for both pathways

Experience

​Pathway 1 Pathway 2
  • Completion of 1,000 hours of supervised orthotic fitting patient care experience obtained either before or after completion of the education course. Any experience with initial patient evaluations and final fitting/deliveries of a prefabricated orthosis must be done under Direct Supervision.  Please reference the ABC Scope of Practice for more information on Direct Supervision.
  • ​Completion of 500 hours of supervised orthotic fitting patient care experience obtained either before or after completion of the education course.

  • Must currently hold a nationally recognized certification in a related allied health profession (e.g., Medical Assistant, Athletic Trainer, Physical Therapist/PTA, Occupational Therapist/OTA, etc.) to apply under this pathway.​​​​​

 Application

Once you have met the eligibility requirements, submit your application online.  

Required DocumentationYou will need the following documentation, which can be uploaded to your online dashboard once you start the application process or you can email certification@abcop.org.​ 

  • For Pathway 2: A copy of your current certification or license from a related allied health profession, if applicable

Retaking the Exam: You may register to retake the exam by using the online application.

 Exams

Exam Format​ and Availability

The three-hour, multiple-choice exam consists of 125 items designed to measure your knowledge of orthotic fitting. Knowledge assessed on the exam includes basic anatomy, prefabricated orthotic devices, fitting criteria of such devices, ethics, and professionalism.

The exam is given using computer-based testing (CBT) and is offered every other month at over 350 locations nationwide. Check out the testing locations in your area.

Exam Preparation
We created numerous resources to help you prepare for your ABC Orthotic Fitter certification exam. Please click here to access these resources

 Fees & Dates

​Fees
​Application Fee (non-refundable)​​​$150
​Exam Fee​$200
​Exam Retake Fee​$200
Late Fee (non-refundable)*​$75

*Applications submitted after the application deadline for the applicable exam cycle will be subjected to the late fee.​

Annual Fee (required once certification is awarded): $125 and is due by December 1st every year. Your first year fee will be prorated and due upon receipt.​​

Exam Dates and Deadlines

Exam Cycle​Application Deadline
​October 12-31, 2020​August 1, 2020
​​December 7-12, 2020​​October 1, 2020
2021 Exam Dates and Deadlines
February 1-6, 2021December 1, 2020
April 12-17, 2021February 1, 2021
June 7-12, 2021​April 1, 2021
August 2-7, 2021​June 1, 2021
October 4-9, 2021
August 1, 2021
​December 6-11, 2021​October 1, 2021

 FAQs

Eligibility

I didn’t complete my course before the application deadline, can I still apply?
No, you must complete your course either on or before the application deadline.
 
How often should I take a pre-certification course?
We accept courses that are completed within five years of the date of your application.
 
How and where do I obtain my experience?
Your experience can be gained from any business that primarily provides orthotic fitting patient care. A list of accredited facilities can be located using the ABC Dir​ectory​. If your experience is from a business that is not primarily engaged in orthotic fitting patient care, your experience will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine whether it meets the intent of the requirement.

How do I log my hours?
Use the Orthotic Fitter Exam Candidate Self Assessment Checklistas a guideline for the areas you should focus on and the amount of time you should be spending in each area. You are required to submit a Orthotic Fitter Competency Attestation form​ completed by your supervisor to verify your experience.
 
I will not have completed my required experience by the application deadline, but I will have them by the exam date. Can I still apply?
No, the experience requirement must be completed on or before the application deadline.
 
My supervisor is certified by another credentialing body, can he/she attest for my hours?
Yes, the attester can be a certified practitioner, a certified and/or licensed orthotic fitter, or a professional referral source.

Application Process

What if I missed the application deadline?  Can I still apply?
Yes. You have thirty days to apply after the deadline, but will incur the $75 late fee.
 
I am extending my credential, do I submit an application fee again?
Yes, the application and exam fees for the second credential are due when you apply.
 
When will ABC notify me of my application status?
We will send a notice of your eligibility status via email and mail within four weeks of receiving your application. Check your application status by logging in to your MY ABC​ account.  ​

What if I don’t yet have the required documents by the application deadline?
Your application will be denied; however, we will defer your exam fees to the subsequent cycle. If we do not receive the required documents by the deadline for the next cycle, your application will be denied, and a refund of your exam fee(s) will be issued.  It is your responsibility to reapply for eligibility with the required fees.

Exam Process

Once my application is accepte​d, how do I register for the exam?
We will email you registration information on how to register for a specific time, date and location with our testing provider, Prometric.
 
What if I can’t find a testing center close to me?
Availability at the testing centers is on a first come, first served basis. If you are having difficulty finding a location near you, please contact us at 703-836-7114 ext. 221 or at certification@abcop.org.
 
What if I register and then realize I can’t take the exam that day?
You have thirty days prior to the exam date to cancel without penalty. If less than thirty days, you will incur a $55 fee.
 
When will I receive my exam results?
You will receive an immediate on-screen score report when you finish your exam. You will also be emailed your official score report within 24 hours.
 
If I fail my exam, when can I re-take it?
You may immediately register for the next available exam cycle.

How many times can I take the exam?
Once your initial application is approved, you are eligible to take the exam a maximum of four times within a three-year period. If you fail the exam four times or if your eligibility period has expired, you must reapply for eligibility. Please reference the ABC Fitter Candidate Guide for more information.​​​
 
If I have applied for more than one discipline during an exam cycle, can I take all of my exams during the same day and/or cycle?
Yes, you are able to take more than one exam during the same day, space and time permitting.

After the Exam

If I passed my exam, when will I receive my certificate?
Certificates are mailed four weeks after the conclusion of the exam cycle.
 
What do I do to maintain my certification?
Once you are certified, you have a five-year certification cycle in which you must earn continuing education credits and submit an annual fee. See the Guide for Maintaining Certification for information on orthotic fitter continuing education credit requirements.​