Canadian Certified Pedorthists – C. Ped (C) – are foot orthotic and orthopaedic footwear experts. They are one of the few healthcare professionals trained in the assessment of lower limb anatomy and muscle and joint function. With specialized education and training in foot orthotics and footwear, Canadian Certified Pedorthists help to alleviate pain, abnormalities and debilitating conditions of the lower limbs and feet. As proud members of patients’ healthcare teams, Canadian Certified Pedorthists consult with patients based on a referral from physicians, nurse practitioners and other healthcare providers. The goal of every Canadian Certified Pedorthist is to help patients achieve and maintain proper foot care and lower limb health, and live healthy, active lives.
The CPC is the regulatory body that is responsible for certifying members. To be eligible to write a certification exam, every candidate must be a member of the Pedorthic Association of Canada in good standing. To ensure that our certified members are accountable for upholding the pedorthic profession to the highest standards of practice, CPC institutes stringent guidelines that assure public safety and instill confidence in the services that our pedorthists provide.
The College of Chiropodists of Ontario has a duty to serve and protect the public interest. The College will ensure that the public receives competent care from chiropodists and podiatrists by: Regulating the practice of the profession and governing the members in accordance with the Chiropody Act, 1991, the Regulated Health Professions Act and the regulations and by-laws.
Establishing standards of practice.
Establishing educational requirements for entry to practice and continuing competence.
Addressing any concerns from the public.
Educating and providing information to the public about chiropody and podiatry.
The College protects patients’ rights to safe, competent and ethical foot care by supporting chiropodists and podiatrists in maintaining the standards of practice of the profession and also by holding them accountable for their conduct and practice. The role of the members is not only to provide safe, quality care but also to accept accountability for doing so. Continued public trust in the profession and in the principle of self-regulation is dependent on the commitment of the College and each individual member to maintain personal high standards of ethical conduct.The College is highly committed to sharing information with registrants, the public and other stakeholders, where applicable, to maintain public trust.
The Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA) is the national governing body for Certified Athletic Therapists practicing in Canada. Established in 1965, we now represent over 2,000 certified and candidate members. CATA is dedicated to the promotion and growth of Athletic Therapy through advocacy, education, and research. Leaders in the field of sports medicine, CATA’s certified members are highly educated professionals that provide high-level, expert paramedical services to Canadians suffering from orthopedic injuries, no matter their level of activity.
With specialized education and training in foot orthotics and footwear, Canadian Certified Pedorthists help to alleviate pain, abnormalities and debilitating conditions of the lower limbs and feet. Working closely with CATA, there are seven regional Athletic Therapist association chapters: British Columbia (ATABC), Alberta (AATA), Manitoba (MATA), Saskatchewan (SATA), Ontario (OATA), Quebec (CTSQ), and Atlantic Canada (APATA). The regional chapters provide support to the community and local members, such as professional opportunities, advocacy, and AT services.
The Ontario Athletic Therapist Association (OATA) is the professional association that governs the practice of all Certified Athletic Therapists in the Province of Ontario. The OATA is a recognized arm of the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association and represents over 700 ATs across Ontario. The OATA endeavors to ensure that all of its members offer safe and effective treatment to all of their clients and patients. Continuing education programs, examination preparation courses, publications and participation as a member of the Sports Medicine Council of Ontario are examples of the initiatives undertaken by the OATA. The OATA also engages in advocacy, marketing and promotion for the Athletic Therapist profession and provides member services such as referrals, professional liability insurance and practice development.
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