The PAA performs certification in pedorthics through a program that recognises individuals with appropriate qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience to provide safe and high-quality pedorthic services. Certification in pedorthics is awarded to individuals in recognition of their education, training, competency, and agreement to comply with the PAA Code of Ethics and Standards and work within their Scope of Practice. PAA certified practitioners have met initial criteria set by the Association and continue to satisfy ongoing requirements that are reviewed annually during certification renewal.
Certification is available at two levels to cover the types of provision of service and advice and is as follows:
- Certified Pedorthic Retailer (CRetPed Au): for individuals who provide advice and prefabricated footwear for patients.
- Certified Pedorthist Custom Maker (CPedCM Au): for individuals who provide a full service to the client including advice on the possibilities of prefabricated, modified, and custom-made pedorthic footwear.
An independent PAA subcommittee, the Australian Pedorthists Registration Board (APRB) Committee, manages certification and re-certification of pedorthic practitioners. The APRB Committee ensures that certified pedorthists are accountable to the highest standards of practice through registration, regulation and monitoring of continuous improvement.