Kaihangawhītiki/Kaihanga Ringa-Waewae Tāwhaiwhai
To become an orthotist and prosthetist you need a qualification in orthotic and prosthetic technology. There are no training courses in New Zealand at present, and students must travel overseas for training. Training in Australia is available through La Trobe University and the University of New South Wales.
A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training, and useful subjects include biology, maths and workshop technology.
Training on the job
Orthotists and prosthetists acquire many of their skills by working as an assistant or technician alongside a clinical orthotist and prosthetist. They are expected to undertake continuing education each year as a requirement for gaining accreditation from the New Zealand Orthotics and Prosthetics Association or the New Zealand Association of Orthopaedic Prosthetists.