Canadian Certified Pedorthists are one of the few healthcare professionals trained in the assessment of lower limb anatomy and muscle and joint function. Canadian Certified Pedorthists undergo a rigorous education and training process in order to be certified by The College of Pedorthics of Canada.
To become a Canadian Certified Pedorthist – C. Ped (C) – a candidate must first complete a University degree that includes courses in the area of anatomy, biomechanics/gait analysis, medical conditions/diseases, physical assessment and ethics. The post-graduate training and examination process includes biomechanics, anatomy, pathomechanics, orthotic fabrication and modification, and footwear fitting and modification.
Two routes to certification as a C. Ped (C) are available:
An apprenticeship training route requires the candidate to complete a minimum of 3,500 hours, or approximately two to three years, of training in the areas of clinical practice, footwear (fit and modification) and fabrication of custom orthotics.
Based on stringent levels of pedorthic experience and training, canddiates may achieve one of three levels of certification to offer services in an active practice:
- C. Ped Tech (C) – Certified Pedorthic Technician Canada
- C. Ped (C) – Certified Pedorthist Canada
- C. Ped MC – Certified Pedorthic Master Craftsman
More details on these certifications can be found on the website of The College of Pedorthics of Canada atwww.cpedcs.ca.
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