Testing for certification? Paraoptometric exam handbook, PRC resources necessities

July 29, 2021
An updated paraoptometric examination candidate handbook is available for reference as staff prepare for their certification exams.
Paraoptometric Certification & Renewal

Paraoptometric certification is an asset that promotes a skilled, cohesive care team to build a practice around for years to come, and equipping staff with the right resources ensures that investment flourishes.

Increasingly, Americans’ demand for primary eye health care services delivered by optometry, as well as the rising tide of optometric scope of practice advances nationwide, mean optometry practices will need competent paraoptometric staff who can demonstrate a certain high level of clinical capabilities and practice management knowledge to truly set themselves apart. Such is the case, paraoptometric certification is the way to ensure optometry practices get ahead.

Developed by a panel of AOA doctors and paraoptometrics, paraoptometric certification ensures practice staff stay up to date in contemporary continuing education (CE) and professional development. Each level of certification requires successful completion of an exam prepared and administered by the Commission on Paraoptometric Certification (CPC), with the assistance of Professional Testing Corporation (PTC), to ensure mastery of the specific skillsets.

“For a paraoptometric, certification provides recognition, expands professional growth and acknowledges the degree of knowledge and dedication to the profession,” says Linda Rodriguez, CPO, AOA Paraoptometric Resource Center (PRC) chair.

Take advantage of paraoptometric certification education resources

Practices also can help ensure their staff have every opportunity for success—and it begins with the CPC Paraoptometric Examination Candidate Handbook. This newly updated manual helps candidates better understand the processes and procedures to become certified, and how to retain certification through renewal. It’s not only required reading prior to applying for and taking certification examinations, but also the handbook is the go-to resource for staff seeking certification.

In addition to the CPC Paraoptometric Examination Candidate Handbook, the AOA PRC offers numerous other educational resources to prepare test-takers as the CPC and PTC have developed new paraoptometric examinations for 2021. Outlines covering the new test content are based on a recent Job Task Analysis survey and are available in the handbook and EyeLearn: Professional Development Hub.

Here’s how you can prepare your AOA associate-member staff for each level of certification:

Certified Paraoptometric (CPO) 

Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOA) 

Certified Paraoptometric Technician (CPOT) 

Certified Paraoptometric Coder (CPOC) 

Additional study resources for the 2021 paraoptometric certification examinations are available for both members and nonmembers.

Paraoptometric certification & renewal

Learn more about how paraoptometric staff can maintain certification through renewal and ensure their CE requirements are fully achieved.

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