1 year full time or part time - September - August
Online + practicum
Admission requirements: Undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and completion of prerequisite courses
$9000 + Western ancillary fees, course texts
Application deadline: March 1
Depends on the type of practice (employee vs. self-employed), number of hours worked, and how busy a practice is. According to statistics gathered in 2009:
Diploma allows future Pedorthists the opportunity to learn from a minimum of 9 different C Ped (C)’s (at least 7 different instructors, and at least 2 different practicum site supervisors).
Diploma courses ensure the potential pedorthist is covering all aspects of the pedorthic profession, which may lead to a more thorough training experience.
Diploma course can be completed in 1 year while the apprenticeship route takes at least 2-3 years
A C Ped (C) requires a referral from a medical doctor, podiatrist, chiropodist, chiropractor or a physiotherapist in order to provide treatment (this eliminates prescriber/ provider conflict of interest)
Pedorthists are the only foot specialists that have extensive training in footwear design, construction, modification and fit
Pedorthists are non-invasive (do not perform skin care treatment that would involve removal of skin or nails)
Located throughout Canada
Exact locations with contact information can be found on The College of Pedorthics of Canada’s website (www.cpedcs.ca).
Number of C Ped (C)’s has almost tripled in the past 5 years
At this time Canadian Certified Pedorthists are NOT health regulated.
Canadian Certified Pedorthists are regulated by The College of Pedorthics of Canada and are members of the Pedorthic Association of Canada.
Profession is growing in numbers
Need for foot care through the use of footwear and orthoses is increasing as the large population of baby boomers strive to live a more active lifestyle
Increased recognition by Insurance company and third party payers of C Ped (C)’s as providers of orthotic devices, footwear, footwear modifications, and custom-made footwear