Commission on Paraoptometric Certification (CPC) Offers Computer-Based Examination for Optometric Professionals

February 15, 2015

Computer-based Certified Paraoptometric Technician Clinical Examination provides convenience; offered at more than 200 locations across the U.S. and Canada

St. Louis, MO - The Commission on Paraoptometric Certification (CPC), the paraoptometric certifying body of the American Optometric Association, is pleased to announce that The Certified Paraoptometric Technician (CPOT) Clinical Examination is now available in a convenient computer-based format. Designed to be widely accessible to paraoptometrics throughout the year, this exam provides professionals even more opportunities to advance their career in the field of optometry. 

The CPOT Clinical exam is offered at more than 200 locations across the United States and Canada four times per year during two-week testing periods held in February, May, August and November. The new examination incorporates photos and videos into the 100 multiple-choice questions. Award of the CPOT designation is dependent on candidates successfully completing the CPOT written exam and the CPOT Clinical exam. 

Under the supervision of an a doctor of optometry, a CPOT may perform technical duties that include taking detailed patient histories, measuring visual acuity, and measuring the curvature of the cornea (Keratometry). In addition, he or she may order prescription eyewear, explain contact lens care regimens, supervise staff, and other duties that the doctor of optometry may delegate.

As paraoptometrics expand their skills and knowledge, they have the opportunity to extend the productivity and profitability of the practice by assuming routine and technical responsibilities, and playing a vital role in the office-patient relationship. In addition, as paraoptometrics assume more responsibilities in the practice, doctors will have more time available to see additional patients. 

Find exam dates and registration deadlines for the CPOT examination. For more information about all levels of certification for paraoptometrics, visit, or contact the CPC at or call toll-free, 800.365.2219, ext. 4210.

About the American Optometric Association (AOA):
The American Optometric Association, a federation of state, student and armed forces optometric associations, was founded in 1898. Today, the AOA is proud to represent the profession of optometry, America's family eye doctors, who take a leading role in an individual's overall eye and vision care, health and well-being. Doctors of optometry (ODs) are the independent primary health care professionals for the eye and have extensive, ongoing training to examine, diagnose, treat and manage disorders, diseases and injuries that affect the eye and visual system, providing two-thirds of primary eye care in the U.S. For information on a variety of eye health and vision topics, and to find a doctor of optometry near you, visit