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Assistant Candidate Guide

December 2022

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Orthotic and Prosthetic Assistants

Assistant certification in orthotics and/or prosthetics is awarded as an attestation of competency for the public, those who require orthotic and/ or prosthetic services and those in other health professions. The awarding of ABC certification provides you with an appropriate and meaningful recognition of professional competence.

Professional Credentials

Completion of our rigorous requirements and exams is confirmation that you have the education, knowledge, experience and skills required of an ABC Certified Orthotic Assistant (COA) or Certified Prosthetic Assistant (CPA).

The credential of Certified Prosthetic and Orthotic Assistant (CPOA) is awarded when you have successfully fulfilled all the requirements of both an orthotic and prosthetic assistant.

Proprietary Ownership of ABC Credentials

Certification is a privilege, not a right. The ABC Board of Directors maintains legal authority to award its certification credentials and may withhold, suspend or revoke any certification credential in accordance with the established policies, rules and regulations.