Most provincial funding agencies require prosthetists and orthotists to be certified by the Canadian Board for Certification of Prosthetists and Orthotists (CBCPO). Certification requires successful completion of:
- an accredited clinical prosthetic and orthotic program
- a 3,450-hour residency under the supervision of a certified prosthetist or orthotist
- a national certification exam for prosthetics or orthotics.
To qualify to take the examination for the second discipline (prosthetics or orthotics), those who are certified in a first discipline must complete a further 1,725 hours of practical experience and internship in the second area of specialty.
In Canada, the following institutions offer accredited clinical prosthetic/orthotic programs in English.
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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The George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology (GBC) in Toronto offers a two year Clinical Methods in Orthotics and Prosthetics diploma program. Entrance requirements include a related bachelor's degree or successful completion of the Orthotic/Prosthetic Technician program offered by the College, an admissions test, an application portfolio and an interview.
Presently, BCIT and GBC students who have completed a Bachelor's degree may apply to McMaster University to pursue a Master of Science (MSc) in Rehabilitation Science. This graduate program is done concurrently with the Prosthetics and Orthotics program. For more information see the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University website.
Prosthetists and orthotists who own their own businesses need business skills as well as clinical and technical skills.