Exam Schedule

The CPC provides the schedule for the 2017 regional examinations. The CPOTM, CPOATM, CPOTTM, and CPOCTM examinations are administered during an established two-week testing period four times yearly, Monday through Saturday excluding holidays, at computer-based testing facilities managed by PSI.

2017 Examination Dates

Application Deadlines

Exam Dates

January 3, 2017 (9:00 PM EDT) February 11-25, 2017
April 3, 2017 (9:00 PM EDT) May 6-20, 2017
July 3, 2017 (9:00 PM EDT) August 12-26, 2017
October 3, 2017 (9:00 PM EDT) November 4-18, 2017

Note:  Certification must be current at the time of testing.  Candidates whose renewal is due in the current year and who wish to test during the November exam administration must have their renewal processed prior to the November application deadline.

Prior to Submitting an Examination Application:

  • Candidates will be held accountable for knowing the policies and procedures set forth in the handbook.
  • Candidates should keep in mind that the commitment to certification does not end with passing the examination.
  • Once a certification is attained participation in continuing education and submission of a renewal fee is required in order to maintain a current certification.

Find a testing location through PSI

  • Select the sponsor of the examination you are taking from the list (Commission on Paraoptometric Certification/CPC)
  • Select your state to view testing centers matching your specified criteria

To find a test site, click here.


Within 6 weeks prior to the first day of the testing period, Professional Testing Corporation will email a scheduling authorization to registered candidates. Scheduling authorizations are emailed from "Test Administration (PTC) notices@ptcny.com." The scheduling authorization will indicate how to schedule your examination appointment as well as the dates during which testing is available. Appointment times are first-come, first-served, so schedule your appointment as soon as you receive your scheduling authorization in order to maximize your chance of testing at your preferred location and on your preferred date.

If you do not receive a scheduling authorization at least three weeks before the beginning of the testing period, contact Professional Testing Corporation at (212) 356-0660 for a duplicate.

During the course of the online application, candidates can also expect to receive notices from the automated processing system from support@ptcny.com or eforms@ptcny.com. Applicants should add the "ptcny.com" domain name to their safe list. Subject lines for eligibility notices are displayed in this format: "Exam Abbeviation - [PTC ID] - Scheduling Authorization Notice" for example: "CPC-CPO - [P21855134] - Examination Scheduling Authorization."

Your current government-issued photo identification, such as a driver's license or passport, must be presented in order to gain admission to the testing center. Take a printed copy of your scheduling authroization as well as your PSI appointment confirmation to your appointment.

Clinical exam candidates cannot schedule their examination appointments on their own. A representative from PSI will contact clinical exam candidates directly for scheduling 3-5 days after receipt of their eligibility notice. If you do not receive a call from PSI to schedule your appointment within that time frame contact PTC immediately by calling 212-356-0660.

Arrival at the testing site at the appointed time is the responsibility of the candidate. Please plan for weather, traffic, parking, and any security requirements that are specific to the testing location. Late arrival may prevent you from testing.

The scheduling authorization  plus current government issued photo identification must be presented in order to gain admission to the testing center. The name on your examination application must match your photo ID name exactly. A candidate not receiving a scheduling authorization or other correspondence at least two weeks before the beginning of the two-week testing period should contact the Professional Testing Corporation by telephone at (212) 356-0660. The scheduling authorization will indicate where to call to schedule your examination appointment as well as the dates in which testing is available. Appointment times are first-come, first-served. Schedule your appointment as soon as you receive your scheduling authorization in order to maximize your chance of testing at your preferred location and on your preferred date. 


The CPC and PTC support the intent of and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  PTC will take steps reasonably necessary to make certification accessible to persons with disabilities covered under the ADA.  Special testing arrangements may be made upon receipt of the application, examination fee, and a completed and signed Request for Special Needs Accommodations Form, available from www.ptcny.com or by calling PTC at (212) 356-0660.  This Form must be uploaded with the online application at least EIGHT weeks before the testing period begins.  Please use this Form if you need to bring a service dog, medicine, food or beverages needed for a medical condition with you to the testing center.

Information supplied on the Request for Special Accommodations Form will only be used to determine the need for special accommodations and will be kept confidential.


If you need to cancel your examination appointment or reschedule to a different date within the two-week testing period, you must contact PSI/LaserGrade at (800) 211-2754 no later than noon, Eastern Standard Time, of the second business day PRIOR to your scheduled appointment. If you decide to reschedule to the next testing period and have already attained an appointment, you must contact PSI to cancel your appointment, then notify CPC of your intent to reschedule. Rescheduling to the next examination period will require submission of a new application. The $200 reschedule fee and new application will be due by the application deadline. Candidates who fail to notify CPC of their intent to reschedule will forfeit the entire examination fee and will be marked as a "no show."