Applicants from an Approved Program
To practice as a Chiropodist in Ontario, you must hold a certificate of registration with the College of Chiropodists of Ontario (COCOO).
Please view the following information that will provide you with a greater understanding of the requirements for becoming a registrant of this College and assist you in the application process.
This section is intended for individuals who have graduated or are about to graduate from an approved chiropody program. Anyone who has graduated from a chiropody or podiatry program outside of Ontario, should contact the College at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about their eligibility to write the Registration Examinations, prior to applying.
To start the application process you must complete the forms below and submit, with any applicable fee(s) and documentation, to the College office.
Steps in the Application Process
- Review the General Registration Information web page and complete the online general certificate application form.
- After completing the application, review the Applicant Checklist to upload required documents and review application status.
- Certification of Three Month Clinical Experience/Internship Form. Must be forwarded to the College directly from the certifying institution or practitioner.
- Official transcript of successful completion of an approved chiropody/podiatry program. Transcripts must come directly from the educational institution to the College. A transcript must confirm that a degree/diploma has been granted.
- Official transcript of successful completion of other academic program(s). Transcripts must come directly from the educational institution to the College. A transcript must confirm that a degree/diploma has been granted.
- Official evidence of registration with a licensing body sent to the College directly from the registration/licensing body (applies only to applicants who practiced in another jurisdiction).
- Upload your complete resume / curriculum vitae to the Applicant Checklist.
- Upload a copy of your graduation diploma from the chiropody/podiatry program to the Applicant Checklist
- Upload a copy of your birth certificate to the Applicant Checklist
- Applicant must provide and upload proof they are a Canadian citizen, or a permanent resident of Canada, or authorized under the Immigration Act (Canada) to practise the profession in Canada to the Applicant Checklist.
- Signed copy of Confidentiality Agreement
- Submit a Canadian police criminal record check. A police record check is a name-based search of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) system. The College only requires a Level 1 check (criminal record check), but will accept any other check provided as long as it is no more than six months old at the time of application.
You can obtain a police record check from any local police department in Canada or online. Requests should include all your previous names and aliases. For more information about police record checks, see the RCMP’s website.
Please specifically refer to sections 3 and 4 of the Registration Regulation which addresses the initial requirements for registration. The process for approving an application for registration to the College is that the Registrar initially reviews the documentation which you provide. If there are any deficiencies, then pursuant to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, s.15 (2) the Registrar shall refer an application for registration to the Registration Committee if:
(a) the Registrar has doubts that an applicant fulfills the registration requirements;
(b) terms, conditions or limitations should be imposed on a certificate of registration and the applicant does not consent; or
(c) the Registrar proposes to refuse the application.
The Registrar will review your application once all required documentation has been received and determine whether it needs to be referred to the Registration Committee as per s.15 (2) of the Regulated Health Professions Act. We will advise you very shortly thereafter. The first step in the process is to complete the application and forward it, and all supporting documentation, to the office. We will keep you informed during each step in the process. Also, you can not work as a chiropodist or in any way hold yourself out as a chiropodist in the Province of Ontario until after you are officially registered with the College.
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the College.
Prescribe Drugs and Administer Substances by Injection into the Foot
In accordance with the General Regulation, and in order for Members to prescribe drugs and administer substances by injection into the foot, the applicant must have successfully completed a course listed in Schedule 4 of the Regulation and meet any other applicable educational requirements set out in Schedule 4. This includes a course in prescribing drugs and administering drugs and other substances by injection into the foot that contains both a clinical and didactic component that is approved by Council. Further, a course in prescribing drugs and administering drugs and other substances by injection into the foot that contains both a clinical and didactic component taken at a program in podiatry in either Canada or the United States of America, which was, at the time the person took it, accredited by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education or another accreditation body approved by the Council. Although the Registration Examination may include a pharmacology component, passing the Registration Examination does not allow a person to prescribe drugs and administer substances by injection.
If you received your podiatry/chiropody training from the following, you will NOT need to provide additional competency in prescribing and injecting:
- Trois Rivieres – Quebec
- The Michener Institute – Toronto
- La Trobe – Australia
- Any podiatry program in the U.S.A
If your entry to practice program is from anywhere other then the above and you wish to be able to prescribe drugs and administer substances by injection into the foot, you have the following options:
- You may have your materials reviewed by our external expert to determine if they are equivalent to the Michener course in prescribing drugs and administering drugs and other substances by injection into the foot.The fee for this is $625.00 if the assessment relates to whether he or she meets the standards of practice to either inject a substance into the foot or to prescribe a drug, but not both. A fee of $1,250.00 if the assessment relates to whether he or she meets the standard of practice to both inject a substance into the foot and to prescribe a drug; or
- You may take the following courses at the Michener. They are:
– Local Anesthesia and Injections for Chiropodists
– Clinical Pharmacology for Chiropodists and Podiatrists
NOTE: If you received your podiatry/chiropody training in the United Kingdom, and you have your HCPC Certificate which demonstrates your competency in administering local anesthesia, please provide it by email to email@example.com when you submit your application. If your podiatry/chiropody program had a local anesthesia component which you believe qualifies you, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration. Understand that administering local anesthesia is only one component of demonstrating injecting competency, injecting corticosteroids is the other component. Both are required for you to have injecting privileges as per the regulation.
Please review the following important policies and regulations to your application and chiropody in Ontario prior to submitting your application.