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COMP - Certification Requirements 

Practitioners who are interested in becoming globally recognized as a

Certified Osteopathic Manual Practitioner 


The following requirements must be met before AAOMPS will review an application:

  • Successful completion of the AOMPEB National Board Exam 
  • Official Transcripts from an UCOMPE accredited educational institute listing the degree awarded 
    • (please check with UCOMPE for approved institutions)
  • Maintain and provide proof of current CPR** certification​
    • Standard Adult & Child​
    • **US Based Practitioners (Basic Life Support, Professional rescuer, or any other advanced distinction)
  • Provide 2 Letters of Recommendation
    • ​Letters from a Professional/Colleague or patients

  • Be able to speak and write English with reasonable fluency
  • Pay the Non-refundable $150.00 USD application fee as required
  • Full Disclosure of any criminal convictions or prior professional misconduct
    • See Application document​

  • Submit a current passport size, style headshot/photo 
    • (within the past 6 months)
      • For members area and practitioner pages​

  • Submit a copy of a government issued photo identification
    • Driver's License or ​Passport 

  • Maintain and provide proof of current professional liability insurance 
    • ($2,000,000 minimum coverage).

  • Pay the Non-refundable $150.00 USD application fee as required



Upon successfully completing and passing all parts of the national board exam via the AOMPEB.  The examine board will offer its recommendation to the Board of Directors of AAOMPS. Successful completion of the requirements for certification as set forward by the American Osteopathic Manual Practice Examining Board (AOMPEB) demonstrates that an applicant has fulfilled the essential competencies to become certified by AAOMPS as a Certified Osteopathic Manual Practitioner. This recommendation will satisfy the clinical and didactic requirements for the National Certification - Certified Osteopathic Manual Practitioner.

A systematic review of all applications and AOMPEB recommendations will aid the Board of Directors as to whether an applicant should be approved for National Certification.  Applicants should allow up to 60 days for the AAOMPS office to process completed applications. All forms and documentation, transcripts, letters of recommendation, photos, payment, etc must be included in a complete application packet. If all items are not included, this may delay the approval process, or void the application completely. All applications are reviewed for content, consistency and accuracy so please ensure all requirements are met and that your application is complete. 


Please remember to keep a copy of your completed application.



*The requirements are the same for all applicants – whether trained domestically or internationally.


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Graduation from an Accredited Institute
In the United States, certified osteopathic manual practitioners, with appropriate state authorizations, have the ability to open their own independently owned clinics, see patients without a referral from medical doctors, communicate an osteopathic diagnosis within the osteopathic manual practice scope of practice and perform osteopathic manual therapy's (OMT). It is essential that certified osteopathic manual practitioners have the appropriate level of education required for this level of responsibility. The American Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (AAOMP) follows the national educational standards as set by the US Council on Osteopathic Manual Practice Education (UCOMPE). 
Successful Completion of AOMPEB written and practical board exams 
One way in which AAOMPS ensures that certified osteopathic manual practitioners provide high quality, competent and ethical care to the public, is by using a consistent, objective and defensible standard for all applicants who wish to become certified in the US, no matter where they have completed their education. This is achieved by successful completion of the written and practical board exams administered by the American Osteopathic Manual Practice Examining Board (AOMPEB). The board exams cover clinical sciences, clinical skills, ethics, and regulations. It is essential for certified osteopathic manual practitioners to be familiar with and understand the legislation, regulations and standards of practice that govern the osteopathic manual practice profession in the States. The AOMPEB administered Examination provides a mechanism to help ensure that applicants possess this knowledge when applying to AAOMP to become a certified osteopathic manual practitioner. 
Letters of Recommendation
Applicants must provide written evidence their past and present conduct must afford reasonable grounds for belief that the applicant is mentally and physically competent to practice osteopathic manual practice, will practice osteopathic manual practice with decency, integrity, honesty and in accordance with the law, has sufficient knowledge, skill and judgment to engage in osteopathic manual practice and will display professional behaviour. 
Along with 2 letters of recommendation, all applicants are required to demonstrate this good conduct and character by disclosing to AAOMPS all past offences, findings or professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity, and findings of malpractice or professional negligence. Applicants moving from another jurisdiction must provide a letter of good standing from all jurisdictions in which they have practice osteopathic manual practice or been registered as an osteopathic manual practitioner. All applicants sign a declaration that all information provided is true, complete and current. 
Be Able to Speak and Write English with Reasonable Fluency
Applicants are required to demonstrate a minimum level of communication skill in either English as a requirement to providing effective care to the US public . Fluency in multiple languages is a benefit professionally, however English competency will be determined by the successful completion of AAOMPS’s Legislation and Ethics Examination. 
Professional Liability Protection
The requirement to be personally insured against professional liability applies to all health professionals. Certified osteopathic manual practitioners are required to maintain professional liability protection to protect themselves and patients from any possible acts of malpractice, professional negligence, professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity. The minimum amount is $2,000,000. 
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