An ABC Certified Technician is an individual trained and qualified to assist an ABC credentialed individual by providing technical support. The certified technician fabricates, repairs and maintains orthoses and/or prostheses; and is also proficient in current fabricating techniques, familiar with material properties and skilled in the use of appropriate equipment. ABC Certified Technicians may not use their credentials as independent providers of patient care.
ABC's Certified Technician Scope of Practice details the specific functions of a certified technician. This includes assessment of orthotic and/or prosthetic technical requirements, formulation and implementation of fabrication, follow-up and practice management.
Additionally, the certified technician is required to support and conform to the Code of Professional Responsibility which promotes and assures the overall welfare of the patient and the integrity of the profession.
Once you have met the ABC requirements and passed the certification exam, you will be awarded the Certified Orthotic Technician (CTO) or Certified Prosthetic Technician (CTP) credential. Candidates who have met the ABC requirements and passed certification exams for each discipline will be awarded the Certified Prosthetic-Orthotic Technician (CTPO) credential.
ABC has two unique scholarship opportunities available for O&P technician students.
Director, Professional Credentialing
Directs ABC’s Professional Ethics, Certification, Scope of Practice and Government Relations programs. Manages all ABC’s certification exam development and administration activities. Facilitates coordination of professional/clinical issues across all ABC programs, including state licensure.Send Stephen an email
Certification Program Coordinator
Primary contact for: general certification and application inquiries and state licensure verification requestsSend Meg an email
Certification Technology Coordinator
Contact for: certification data management, assistance with certification verifications, exam registration and website assistance.Send Tabita an email
Certification Candidate Coordinator
Contact for: certification program inquiries, certification application assistance and status and licensure examination inquiries.Send Lauren an email