The education is organized as a blended learning program, in which the theoretical part of the curriculum is delivered online, while the practical part is organized in form of hands-on seminars and workshops. Practical workshops and seminars are organized once in each semester and they take place on a centralized location – either at the CAO in Tunis or at the Max-Born-Berufskolleg in Recklinghausen, Germany.
Both the practical and the theoretical parts of the education are conducted in the French language. The curriculum taught in this education is approved by the ISPO and WHO and it fulfills the highest international standards.
Based on their previous knowledge and level of experience, the participants in the education were divided into two groups or classes:
– The class on the level of ISPO Category I consists of 19 students from Tunisia, Benin and Mali.
– The class on the level of ISPO Category II consists of 6 Tunisian students.
All students are currently employed at the local facilities – either in the private orthotic and prosthetic sector or at the public Centre d’Appareillage Orthopédique (CAO) in Tunis.
Final Cat. II examinations in front of the ISPO commission will be organized for both classes by the end of 2014, final Cat. I examinations are expected to take place in 2017.