Emeritus FAQs

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What is Emeritus status?
What are the requirements for Emeritus status?
How does one apply for Emeritus status?
What happens after one applies?
What benefits do I get for obtaining Emeritus status?
Do I have to pay renewal fees or fulfill continuing education requirements if I obtain Emeritus status?
Are there are limitations to Emeritus status?
Is there a difference between simply retiring and retiring with Emeritus status?
If I decide to start practicing as an active BOC certificant again, what does the process look like?

 


 

What is Emeritus status?
Emeritus status acknowledges the consistent professional commitment of BOC certificants who are no longer practicing.

What are the requirements for Emeritus status?
BOC certificants in good standing with fifteen years or more of continuous BOC certification are eligible for Emeritus status. The certificant must no longer be an active practitioner.

How does one apply for Emeritus status?
Potential candidates for Emeritus status should go to the Emeritus webpage and apply by clicking the appropriate link under "Nomination Process."

What happens after one applies?
The Director of Certification and staff will verify the qualifications and will notify the Emeritus elect of his or her selection.

What benefits do I get for obtaining Emeritus status?
Emeritus certificants will be instructed to place "Emeritus" after their credential(s). Each Emeritus certificant will receive a special certificate and a pin. Additionally, the names of Emeritus certificants will be noted on the Emeritus certificant page.

If I obtain Emeritus status, do I have to pay renewal fees or fulfill continuing education requirements?
Individuals with Emeritus status do not pay renewal fees or need to fulfill continuing education requirements. 

Are there any limitations to Emeritus status?
Once elected, the Emeritus certificant must not present himself or herself as an active practitioner and cannot perform the tasks associated with active certification status.

Is there a difference between simply retiring and retiring with Emeritus status?
A certificant has to voluntarily relinquish his or her certification to obtain retired or Emeritus status. Voluntary relinquishment means a certificant cannot engage in clinical O&P practice. A BOC certificant can choose to retire at any point in his or her career but must have been a BOC practitioner in good standing for at least fifteen continuous years to attain Emeritus status.

If I decide to start practicing as an active BOC certificant again, what is the process?
An Emeritus certificant who wishes to return to active status would follow the normal procedures for reinstatement in the Recertification Policy under "Retired status." 

 

Note: Emeritus status is granted only to those qualified former BOC certificants who have relinquished all BOC certifications and who are no longer practicing in the O&P field. Emeritus status is not awarded in lieu of a BOC certification and Emeritus status should not be construed as certification for continued practice as an O&P practitioner. An Emeritus certificant who wishes to return to active status must follow the normal procedures for reinstatement in BOC's Recertification Policy under "Retired status."

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