BOC COF Eligibility Prerequisites

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Your ability to fit a patient with an orthotic device is essential to your profession. But providing a device does not guarantee your patient’s ability to properly use it. Being an orthotic fitter requires you not only fit a device for a patient, but also effectively educate your patient on how to successfully use what you have provided to improve his/her quality of life.

That is why you as a candidate are required to have a significant period of patient care experience under a certified practitioner to be eligible to take the exam. While education is fundamental to learning your practice skills, the patient care experience you bring to the exam is indispensable.


Eligibility Prerequisites for Orthotic Fitter Certification

Education Requirement

To be eligible to take the orthotic fitter examination, an applicant is required to demonstrate successful completion of an entry-level course. Please note that all education courses need to have been completed in the past 5 years. The continuing education portal contains entry-level course providers that have gone through BOC's Course Provider Program and meet the requirements for the BOC Certified Orthotic Fitter (COF). Check the box that says "COF Entry Level" and select "Orthotic Fitter" as your Certification Program.

Patient Care and Experience Requirement

An eligible entry-level candidate will have a verifiable minimum of 1,000 hours (25 weeks of full-time work) of documented patient care under the supervision of an appropriately-qualified professional (another fitter, or a professional with the orthotic fitter scope within his/her own scope of practice). For auditing purposes, patient logs should be maintained and kept readily available. Suggestions for obtaining patient care requirements include: