To be a member of the CPOQ, your osteopath must have completed a training of the highest level, which aims to meet or exceed the standards of the World Health Organization (WHO) for training in osteopathy, and to provide you with the best possible osteopathic care.
As a member of the CPOQ, your osteopath has been trained to meet or exceed the standards of the WHO and has a deep knowledge of the human body. The training includes the learning of osteopathic techniques, supervised clinical hours up to a thousand hours, as well as a research component (both to participate in the development of osteopathy, but also to be on the lookout for scientific developments in this field). Your osteopath also learns to recognize contraindications to an osteopathic treatment and will refer you to a doctor when osteopathic care is not recommended without medical advice.
To remain current and meet their professional obligations, your osteopath must complete 45 hours of mandatory continuing education every 3 years in order to maintain their CPOQ membership.
What is D.O.?
D.O. stands for "Diploma in Osteopathy". No doctor's degree can be awarded outside the university system in Quebec.