Through international collaboration and consensus building, ISPO develops and promotes education and training guidelines for prosthetists and orthotists (ISPO Category I professionals), as well as orthopaedic technologists (ISPO Category II professionals).
ISPO further evaluates and provides recognition for Category I and II levels to educational programs and associated professional pathways offered by schools and training institutions around the world.
Under a Cooperative Agreement provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), ISPO undertakes a number of funded activities to facilitate rehabilitation of persons with physical disabilities in developing countries.
ISPO strives to make this valuable knowledge and experience available to the prosthetics and orthotics community at large by providing teaching and training to professionals in the field of prosthetics and orthotics and related areas via ISPO Short Courses.
ISPO educational activities are overseen by the Education Committee. The function of the Education Committee is to establish educational standards, facilitate the accreditation process, encourage ongoing development in existing programs and to support new training programs to achieve a minimum standard for education and subsequently for service provision.