Category I course approval is granted to sponsor-based continuing education opportunities that are evaluated by the Continuing Education Committee. Content must be relevant to the disciplines of orthotics, prosthetics, pedorthics, orthotic, mastectomy and therapeutic shoe fitting; have qualified presenters/instructors and clear and concise learning outcomes. For additional information, please refer to the ABC Sponsor Policies and Procedures Manual.
ABC credentials individuals in the areas of orthotics, prosthetics, pedorthics, as well as orthotic, mastectomy and therapeutic shoe fitting. Only educational and business programs that relate specifically to the practice of those disciplines will be granted credits. Although ABC will acknowledge content outside their Scope of Practice, credentialed individuals are required to earn the majority of their continuing education credits from content specifically related to their ABC credential.
Course approval is valid for one calendar year (January 1 – December 31). Programs held numerous times throughout the year will fall under one application if it is presented exactly as it appears in the application. Programs presented in different formats with variations in times and presenters will require separate applications.
To ensure that your application can be processed in a timely manner, you must include the $100 application fee and the course or program agenda. You must also identify those disciplines for which your program is applicable. Category I credits will be awarded to those individuals credentialed with ABC in the disciplines for which your program is most relevant. Category II credits will be awarded to all other participants.
ABC lists all preapproved courses on its website under Credit Opportunities. We encourage you to apply as early as possible so that the program or meeting date(s) can be viewed by as many participants as possible. ABC will gladly add new dates as they become available. This promotion of your program is at no additional cost.
Forms are also available for distance learning courses, new programs as well as for reapplying for a previously approved program. Distance learning course approval is good for two years.
All necessary forms are available for download from the Resource links on the right of this page.