Pedorthic Pre-Certification Training - USA

Pedorthic Education Course And Optional Advanced Training

Pre-Certification - 147 Clock Hours

(Course time varies due to varying learning styles and level of experience within field) 

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The RMPI curriculum is developed from a multi-disciplinary team of experienced health care professionals.


Pedorthic Pre-Certification Course Topics:


A) Introduction To Pedorthics - Performed online


B) Pedorthic Practicum - Hands-On - Performed online and hands-on components under the direct supervision of qualified, seasoned Pedorthists or Orthotists. 


     Three Options To Choose From:

           1) Fast Track: 10 Consecutive Days (Recommended For Experienced / Executive Students)

           2) Optimal Learning Experience: (Weekends Off) 14-17.5 days or 3-4 Weeks For Beginners; those desiring more of an academic experience with additional internship in clinic and                manufacturing.

           3) Custom Learning Experience: 100 Practicum hours spaced over a year or more with periodic revisiting or long term educational / internship; additional tuition required.


C) Post Practicum - Performed online


D) Applied Pedorthics - Performed online


E) Optional - Advanced Pedorthic Applied Biomechanics Course - Performed Online with Practicum Projects and / or Live Instruction

Advanced Pedorthic Applied Biomechanics Course +500 Hours (includes Standard Pedorthic Education Program with estimation of +360 Hours Of Online & Practicum). 

This course was developed in conjunction with the changing industry. Many pedorthists are pursued to work in medical clinics or are aligned with sports medicine or rehabilitation. This course focuses on advanced, applied biomechanics to enhance the pedorthist ability to work as a clinical practitioner solving complex foot and ankle pathomechanics. It also sets the stage for academic curriculum leading towards a Certification in Applied Biomechanics as well as an Associates or Baccalaureate Degree Program for future generations.

Additional Information:

Traveling Courses - Customized to fit your needs and ABC/BOC requirements, please contact

Books and materials extra (approx. $300 - $600) 

Equipment necessary to perform some "at-home" online components, extra (approx. $300 - $800)

Criteria For Successful Progression and Program Completion:

Participation in each of the four educational modules (Introduction To Pedorthics, Pedorthic Practicum, Post Practicum, Applied Pedorthics). No absences are permitted in the Pedorthic Practicum course.


Each of the four educational modules (Introduction To Pedorthics, Pedorthic Practicum, Post Practicum and Applied Pedorthic) comprise of workbook assignments and concludes with a comprehensive final exam of 50 questions. A total of 150 questions are presented, which the student must pass with 70% or better to be considered competent. Students must also receive 70% or better on the following Practicum projects: shoe fitting and pedigraphs, plaster and expansions, press and grind, heat molded inserts, direct molded inserts, custom manufactured functional, accommodative and UCBL orthosis, shoe modifications, AFO fitting and adjustment theory, shoe modifications, weight distribution and lesion accommodations, forefoot planes and concluding with range of motion demonstration.

Grading Scale

Pass / Fail = 70% required to pass competency in workbook, Practicum and final exams.

Course Completion

The course must be concluded within one year of enrollment to avoid re-enrollment fees.


Common Questions When Choosing A Pedorthic School

 The following answers can be found on the RMPI website under their applicable tabs and subject matter

01) How long is the course? Officially 147 hours reflective of RMPI's NCOPE Self Study. Level 1 is approximated at 20 hours, Level 2 Pre-arrival is 5 hours or less depending on whether the student is considered a beginner and/or chosen the advanced workbook versus the entry level workbook. The advanced workbook can increase as there are +200 additional questions within the workbook to improve the level of understanding applied biomechanical terms, anatomy, pathologies, theory, etc.

02) What are the pre-requisites?  A person must possess a high school diploma or an equivalent and be above the age of 18. Before attending the Level 2 Practicum the student must successfully submit(an entry level competency based) workbook and two exams. These are termed as Level 1 Introduction to Pedorthics and Level 2 Pre-arrival Practicum. Each of these have an exam that accompanies them. These two course requirements are approved by NCOPE for 20 hours online for Level 1 as 20 and Level can be accomplished in 3-5 hours or less depending on whether the students has chosen the entry level workbook or the advanced workbook. The entry level workbook is focused on beginners, diabetic shoe retailers / DME providers or traditional retailers; not high-end athletic shoe stores. The advanced workbook is intended for clinicians, lab techs, business owners, engineers or designers, those marketing to professionals with an emphasis on understanding applied biomechanics at a higher level.

03) How quickly can the course be accomplished? A person seasoned in the profession can accomplish the online portion in approximately two weeks working a full-time job. A beginner would need six weeks’ minimum. Studying the medical terms and having immediate recall of them is the most time consuming at the start. If they are working with a mentor during their studies as required by NCOPE at 1000 internship hours, then they should be exposed to terminology, anatomy and pathology as well as treatment modalities within the pedorthic scope of practice on a daily basis. It is reasonable to expect one year to gain an entry level understanding of the profession before sitting for the ABC national exam.

04) Does the course have online components? The course has approximately 85% online and ten days are required for Practicum at our facility (unless an approved traveling course is being offered).

05) What requirements are needed to enroll? A high school diploma.

06) When is the next Practicum course: They are published on the RMPI website at - but courses are offered routinely in March, April, September and October. The March course is longer than the other dates. Private or additional courses are offered by request or demand.

07) Is housing or shuttle service provided? Yes, by prior reservation and during operational times.

08) What is the focus of RMPI's curriculum? The RMPI has a multi-disciplinary curriculum and approach with emphasis on applied foot and ankle biomechanics. Our faculty and consultants have focused on orthopedic and podiatric clinical and manufacturing applications dating back to the 1950's - 1970's.  Several of our faculty and consultants hold patents in foot and ankle prosthetics, orthotic posting techniques and design as well as foot care products. Our lead pedorthic faculty both have over four decades of clinical care and manufacturing experience; providing a comprehensive opportunity for student’s growth within the profession. Seasoned pedorthists providing real-world experience having worked in the industry before becoming academic educators with a vision and mission to improve patient outcomes globally.

09) What is the tuition? $4K for US residents. $5K for non-USA residents. Canadian residents are considered US residents as a courtesy.

10) Are payment packages available? Yes, however they are more expensive than paying in full at the time of enrollment.

11) Are there scholarships available? If the student enrolls within 30 days of contacting the RMPI with inquiries, they qualify for the Do-It-Now Scholarship, currently sponsored by ING Source, the makers of OrthoSleeve, OS1st and the Foot Gym.

12) Is there a deadline when the course must be completed? Yes, within one year of enrolling. A re-enrollment fee equal to 20% of the paid tuition is required to continue after the one year deadline.

13) What is the refund policy? There is no refund once the Enrollment Confirmation is sent to the student. However, in most instances, the student may transfer their enrollment to a fellow employee or sell their tuition. A re-enrollment fee would apply.

14) May I speak to someone personally? Yes, Joe Haig, the RMPI's leading manufacturing instructor is available via phone to discuss concerns and answer questions at 765-425-9012; providing expert advice on whether this career path is suitable for their personal or professional career objectives.Once enrolled, the online faculty begins to orchestrate course materials, submissions, the responses between them and the student or employer. Recording communication for future referencing or auditing of student records is a requirement. Therefore, we ask that emails be sent to the online faculty via   If a conference call is necessary, it can be scheduled through this same email address.











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