Certification

Paraoptometric certification is a program developed by a respected panel of American Optometric Association paraoptometrics and optometrists, created to encourage continuing education and knowledge as the field of optometric assisting grows.

The AOA offers four certified programs for optometric staff. Each program requires successful completion of an examination prepared and administered by the Commission on Paraoptometric Certification (CPC) with the assistance of Professional Testing Corporation. The purpose of the examinations is to assure a level of knowledge to perform the functions necessary to each certified designation. Recipients must renew their certification every three years to remain current in their field.

The CPOTM, CPOATM, and CPOTTM examinations are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). The NCCA accreditation serves as a benchmark on how organizations should conduct certification and clearly distinguishes the excellence and value of CPC certification.

Program

Level

Description

Eligibility

Next Steps

Certified Paraoptometric
(CPOTM)

Entry

A CPO TM is a person who has attained national recognition via certification by demonstrating an understanding of the concepts used in optometric care

Eligibility
Requirements

Handbook

Apply/Fees

 

Certified Paraoptometric Assistant
(CPOATM)

Intermediate

A CPOATM is a person who has attained national recognition via certification by demonstrating the ability to apply the concepts used in optometric care

Eligibility
Requirements

Handbook 

Apply/Fees

 

Certified Paraoptometric Technician (CPOTTM)

Advanced

A CPOTTM is a person who has attained national recognition via certification by demonstrating the ability to understand, apply, and interrelate the concepts used in optometric care

Eligibility
Requirements

Handbook 

Apply/Fees

 

Paraoptometric Coding Certification (CPOCTM)

Specialty

A CPOCTM is a person who has attained national recognition via certification by demonstrating proficiency, expertise, and validating superior knowledge in an optometric coding environment

Eligibility
Requirements

Handbook 

Apply/Fees

 

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