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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 (PTCNY). Candidates may submit an application and payment online through PTCNY for the appropriate certification level. Once registered, you will be able to select a testing center at a site nearest you.

Complete testing information can be found at PTCNY, such as eligibility requirements, application deadlines, examination dates, and payment required for each certification level.

View instructions on how to complete an application for a certification examination.

 Designation

Eligibility Requirements

Application Fee

CPOTM

  • Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent, and
  • Minimum of six (6) months mentored experience

 

$265.00

 CPOATM

  • Minimum of six (6) months additional employment in the eye care field as a Certified Paraoptometric (CPOTM); or
  • Be a graduate or student currently enrolled the last semester of study of a CPC approved optometric assistant program; or
  • Have five years or more work experience in the eye care field and receive approval from the CPC administrator to bypass the CPOTM exam. The employer must attest to this experience by completing the CPOATM Reference Form 

 

$285.00

$215/students*

 CPOTTM

  • Minimum of six (6) months additional employment in the eye care field as a Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOATM); or
  • Be a graduate or student currently enrolled in the last semester of study of an Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) approved optometric technician program

 

 

$285.00

$215/students*

 CPOCTM

  • Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent, and
  • Minimum of two (2) years' experience in the medical coding and billing field

 

$265.00

 

*Student—An applicant who is currently enrolled or has graduated within the past 3-years from either a CPC or ACOE approved program. Documentation will be required.

Application Deadlines and Corresponding Exam Dates

Application Deadlines

Exam Dates

1/13/14 (9:00 PM EST) 2/8/14—2/22/14
4/14/14 (9:00 PM EST) 5/10/14—5/24/14
7/14/14 (9:00 PM EST) 8/9/14—8/23/14
10/6/14 (9:00 PM EST) 11/1/14—11/15/14