|ABC Adds Experience Requirement to C.Ped. Exam Eligibility Criteria|
ABC Adds Experience Requirement to C.Ped. Exam Eligibility Criteria
The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics, Inc. (ABC) will be implementing a 1,000 hour pedorthic patient care requirement for all candidates seeking to become a Certified Pedorthist (C.Ped.).
Effective March 2, 2009, pedorthic exam candidates will be required to possess a minimum of 1,000 hours of patient care experience. This experience must be obtained in a pedorthic patient care facility prior to becoming eligible to sit for the ABC exam. The intent of the new patient care experience is to help provide students with practical application of the knowledge, skills and competencies gained during their educational program.
"Having the pedorthic experience requirement ensures the public that all ABC Certified Pedorthists have met the highest certification standards out there today,” said Robert S. Lin, CPO, FAAOP, president of ABC's board of directors. "Practical experience is a necessary component of training to become a contemporary C.Ped. We believe that practical experience, coupled with the requirement to complete a pedorthic education course, create the proper foundation for an individual to become a successful and competent patient care provider. ”
Experience may be gained prior to or after completion of an approved pedorthic education course.
The new prerequisite will not be in effect for those individuals applying by March 1, 2009 for the Spring exam cycle. The first group required to provide documentation of their 1,000 hours will be those candidates interested in applying for C.Ped. certification by the June 1, 2009 deadline. At that time, candidates will also have to submit two letters of recommendation from pedorthic referral sources, employers or colleagues in the orthotic, prosthetics & pedorthic professions. Letters of recommendation must attest that the applicant has completed 1,000 hours of experience and conducted such care in a professional manner.
This new certification requirement does not affect those currently certified by ABC as a C. Ped.