In order to provide the necessary quality of prosthetics and orthotics services it is important that the personnel providing them has an adequate level of education and training.
ISPO has, in close collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), developed detailed education and training guidelines for the full professional prosthetist/orthotist (ISPO Category I), the orthopaedic technologist (ISPO Category II) and the orthopaedic technician/benchworker (ISPO Category III).
The philosophy and curricula are widely accepted by most international governmental and non-governmental agencies in the field.
With the objective to provide guidance to any country or organisation involved in the establishment or restructuring of a training course that shall satisfy the standards of ISPO with respect to the training of a Category I, II or III professional, ISPO has created information packages which describe learning objectives, provide examples of a syllabus and appropriate arrangements for final examinations. They also outline arrangements for evaluation and recognition of P&O training programmes by ISPO.