Maintain Your Certification

Purpose of Renewal

The Commission on Paraoptometric Certification (CPC) renewal program ensures certified paraoptometrics remain current in optometric assisting skills and knowledge. The purpose of recertification is to ensure that certified paraoptometrics maintain their competence to practice by increasing their knowledge, encouraging interaction with peers and meeting professional standards.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

Option 1: Those who hold a designation of CPOTM, CPOATM or CPOTTM must participate in continuing education activities and report such activities to the CPC every three years. They must earn a minimum of 18 hours every three years.

Those who hold a designation of CPOCTM must participate in continuing education activities and report such activities to the CPC every three years. A minimum of 9 hours every three years must be earned.

Option 2: Certified paraoptometrics can recertify by applying, paying for, and successfully passing the examination of the current designation due for renewal prior to the renewal date.

Failure to meet one of these requirements will result in loss of CPC designation. Need continuing education credit? View our listing of available credit opportunities, or view our Education and Product Catalog.

RENEWAL SCHEDULE AND FEES

CPOTM, CPOATM, and CPOTTM  Guidelines - Renewal statements are mailed in September of the renewal year. Renewal documents and payment are due every third year on November 1 and the cycle is set on a calendar year. For example, if one earns a CPO certification anytime between January - December 2012, the renewal will be due on November 1, 2015.

           Renewal Fees: $90
           Late Fee: $25

CPOCTM Guidelines - Renewal statements are mailed in March of the renewal year. Renewal documents and payment are due every third year on May 31 and the cycle is set on a calendar year. For example, if you earn your CPOC certification anytime between January - December 2012, your renewal will be due on May 31, 2015. 

           Renewal Fees: $80
           Late Fee: $25 (all renewals received after June 15)
           Administrative Fee: $50 (all renewals after July 31, in addition to late fee)

Appeals Procedures

Any applicant may make a written appeal of any decisions made by the CPC relating to renewal compliance. In the appeal, an applicant may: seek an extension of time to complete the CPC renewal requirements, or seek a partial exemption from the requirements. All requests for extensions must be received by the CPC Administrator no later than November 15 in the year in which the renewal is due. All appeals must be addressed to the CPC administrator in writing within 30 days of notification of not having complied with CPC requirements. The CPC reviews and acts on all appeals.

Exemptions

An appeal in writing may be sent to request a partial exemption from CPC renewal requirements. An exemption allows the CPC to waive part or all of the requirements when there is an undue hardship, incapacity or disability or other extenuating circumstances. Supporting documents must accompany the written request to provide justification. All requests for exemptions must be received by the CPC Administrator by the November 1 renewal deadline.