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Purpose

Orthotics Prosthetics Canada (OPC) is the representative national organization for the prosthetic and orthotic profession.  Its role is to protect the public and advance the profession of prosthetics and orthotics through quality standards of practice, professional credentialing, education and awareness.  The four priority pillars for OPC are:

  • Athlete female prosthetic leg long jumpProfessional Credentialing
    • Residency and Internship programs
    • National Board Examinations
    • Certification and Registration of Professionals
  • Regulation of Profession
    • Developing Practice Standards
    • Establishing Ethical Guidelines
    • Monitoring Ethical Conduct
  • Continuing Education
    • Enhancing Knowledge and Skills
    • Mandatory Continuing Education Program
  • Stakeholder Relations
    • Education and Awareness of Key Stakeholders

OPC began operations in January 2015 as a result of an amalgamation of the Canadian Association for Prosthetics and Orthotics (CAPO), incorporated in 1954, and the Canadian Board for Certification of Prosthetists and Orthotists (CBCPO), incorporated in 1972.  All CAPO and CBCPO registered trademarks are now owned by OPC.  However, CBCPO remains the certification body and is an independent Board responsible for implementing and managing the certification and registration processes.  Successful candidates are still considered CBCPO Certified/Registered through OPC. CBCPO will continue to exist as an arm’s length credentialing body to manage the certification and registration of clinicians and technicians and confer the designations of:

  • Certified Orthotist CO(c);Parent and child with arm orthotic brace
  • Certified Prosthetist CP(c);
  • Certified Prosthetist and Orthotist CPO(c);
  • Registered Technician Orthotics RTO(c);
  • Registered Technician Prosthetics RTP(c); and,
  • Registered Technician Prosthetics and Orthotics RTPO(c).