In 2009, the AOA Commission on Paraoptometric Certification (CPC) began offering via computer at several hundred sites in the U.S., in addition to a paper administration annually at Optometry’s Meeting™. Computerized administration offers more flexibility in scheduling, less traveling to take the exam since there multiple centers from which to choose. The new administration process will provide a more controlled and standardized testing environment and a consistent testing experience for all candidates, which is very important to CPC.
The examinations will be offered daily during four, two-week testing periods in February, May, August and November. A paper and pencil examination is offered in June at Optometry's Meeting only.
Because PSI locations are available nationwide, requests for on-base examinations will no longer be honored for active duty members in CONUS. Active duty personnel stationed overseas may request a paper and pencil examination to be administered locally and the exam must be proctored by base education staff.
The CPC is committed to the integrity of its certification programs and the professional development of optometric assistants. These changes bring us one step closer to our goal, which is to create a global recognition and acceptance of the CPO, CPOA, and CPOT certifications as being the mark of excellence in optometric assisting.
The Commission on Paraoptometric Certification (CPC) is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). The NCCA is the accrediting body of the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA). The NCCA accreditation serves as a benchmark on how organizations should conduct certification and clearly distinguishes the excellence and value of CPC certification.