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, honing their skills, encouraging interaction with peers and meeting professional standards.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

Option 1: Those who hold a designation of CPOTM, CPOATM or CPOTTM must earn a minimum of 18 hours in continuing education every three years and provide proof of this CE credit to the CPC by November 1 of their renewal year. All CE credit hours submitted for recertification must have been attained prior to the recertification deadline date. Renewal dates are based on the year in which they attained their current certification level or the year in which they most recently renewed their current certification status. The renewal year may be found on the current certificate.

Those who hold a designation of CPOCTM must earn a minimum of 9 hours in continuing education every three years and provide proof of this CE credit to the CPC by May 31 of their renewal year. All CE credit hours submitted for recertification must have been attained prior to the recertification deadline date. Renewal dates are based on the year in which they attained their current certification level or the year in which they most recently renewed their current certification status. The renewal year may be found on the current certificate.

Option 2: In lieu of providing proof of required CE hours, certified paraoptometrics may opt to recertify by applying, paying for, and successfully passing the examination of the next higher level of certification prior to the renewal date for their current designation.

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

RENEWAL SCHEDULE AND FEES

CPOTM, CPOATM, and CPOTTM  Guidelines: As a courtesy to certificants, renewal statements are emailed beginning in February of the renewal year. Renewal documents and payment are due every third year on or before November 1 and the cycle is set on a calendar year. For example, if one earns a CPO certification anytime between January - December 2016, the renewal will be due on or before November 1, 2019.

           Renewal Fees: $95 (if received at the CPC office on or before November 1)
           Late Renewal Fee: $195 (if received at the CPC office after November 1)

CPO, CPOA, or CPOT certifications that are not renewed by November 30 in the appropriate renewal year will be dropped and the paraoptometric's status will become "uncertified."

CPOCTM Guidelines: As a courtesy to certificants, renewal statements are emailed in January of the renewal year. Renewal documents and payment are due every third year on or before May 31 and the cycle is set on a calendar year. For example, if one earns a CPOC certification anytime between January - December 2016, the renewal will be due on or before May 31, 2019.

            Renewal Fee: $95 (if received at the CPC office on or before May 31)
           Late Renewal Fee: $195 (if received at the CPC office after May 31)

CPOC certifications that are not renewed by June 30 in the appropriate renewal year will be dropped and the paraoptometric's status will become "uncertified."

Please mail certification renewals to: AOA-CPC, 243 N. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO  63141

MEDICAL NEED FOR EXEMPTION

Any applicant may make a written appeal of decisions made by the CPC relating to loss of designation. In the appeal, an applicant may request an exemption based on written support of medical need from their physician. All requests for exemption must be received, in writing, by the CPC Administrator within 30 days of notification of non-compliance with CPC requirements or within 30 days of the renewal deadline.