Prosthetic and orthotic technicians need a high school diploma or equivalent. They may be trained on the job or have a combination of related education and on-the-job training. Education in human kinetics or biology is an asset.
George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology in Toronto offers a two year Prosthetic-Orthotic Technician program. Entrance requirements include a high school diploma or equivalent with credits in physics and biology, or mature student status; an interview; and written and manual dexterity tests. For more information about the program, admission requirements or mature student admission, please check the College calendar or website.
Registration as a Prosthetic or Orthotic Technician with the Canadian Board for Certification of Prosthetists and Orthotists (CBCPO) requires ONE of the following:
- 192 weeks of full-time, on-the-job training supervised by a certified orthotist or prosthetist, or a registered orthotic or prosthetic technician, followed by successful completion of a registration examination in prosthetics ororthotics (one discipline only). An additional 96 weeks under a certified practitioner or registered technician is required to write the examination for the other specialization (prosthetics or orthotics).
- Successful completion of the technical diploma program at George Brown College followed by 88 weeks of on-the-job training, supervised by a certified orthotist or prosthetist, or a registered orthotic or prosthetic technician, followed by successful completion of a registration examination in prosthetics or orthotics. An additional 52 weeks under a certified practitioner or registered technician is required to write the examination for the other specialization.
To maintain registration with the CBCPO, mandatory continuing education (MCE) credits must be completed by practicing prosthetic and orthotic technicians
The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.
British Columbia Institute of Technology
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