Exam Schedule

The CPC determines the schedule for the 2020 examinations. The CPOTM, CPOATM, CPOTTM, and CPOC examinations are administered during an established two-week testing period four times yearly, Monday through Saturday excluding holidays, at computer-based testing facilities managed by Prometric.

Note:  For the remainder of 2020, the CPC is waiving the $50 late application fee and extending the application period.  Applicants may apply through what was the last day of the late application period without penalty.  Testing appointments will be available for the full months of August and November, Monday-Friday, excluding holidays, rather than a two-week testing period.

The May 2020 paraoptometric examinations have been cancelled due to COVID-19.  Professional Testing Corporation will be contacting registrants in the next few days to provide instructions on rescheduling to the August or November examination at no additional cost.  If you used your work email address on your application and are currently furloughed without access to that email address, please make corrections online by providing a personal email address you can access.

2020 Examination Dates

All applications are due by 9 p.m. ET of the application or late application deadline date.

2020 Testing Dates

Application Deadline

($50 late fee and late application deadlines have been discontinued for August and November testing periods for 2020)

Late Application
(Applications will not be accepted after this date)
Feb.15 - 29  Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020
May 2 - 16 - CANCELED Wednesday, March 18, 2020 Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Aug. 1 - 31 (extended to 4 weeks) Wednesday, July 1, 2020 N/A
Nov. 1 - 30* (extended to 4 weeks) Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020 N/A

*Note: Certification must be current at the time of testing. Paraoptometrics whose renewal is due in 2020 and who wish to test in November for the next higher level of certification, must submit their renewal to the CPC office in St. Louis, MO for processing no later than Sep. 1, 2020, so that eligibility can be verified before the application deadline. CPO and CPOA certifications must be current at the time of testing when attempting the next higher level examination. (Certifications expire on Oct. 31 and therefore must be renewed prior to the November application deadline.)


  • Candidates will be held accountable for knowing the policies and procedures set forth in the handbook.
  • Candidates should keep in mind that the commitment to certification does not end with passing the examination. Once a certification is attained participation in continuing education and submission of a renewal fee is required in order to maintain a current certification.


  • Beginning with the February 2020 examinations, paraoptometric examinations will be offered at Prometric testing facilities.


Beginning as early as 11 weeks prior to the beginning of the testing period, Professional Testing Corporation will email a Scheduling Authorization to registered candidates. Scheduling Authorizations are emailed from "Test Administration (PTC) notices@ptcny.com." The Scheduling Authorization includes instructions on how to schedule your examination appointment as well as the dates during which testing is available. Appointment times are first-come, first-served, so schedule your appointment as soon as you receive your Scheduling Authorization to maximize your chance of testing at your preferred location and on your preferred date.

Any candidate not receiving a Scheduling Authorization at least six (6) weeks before the beginning of the testing period should contact Professional Testing Corporation at 212.356.0660 or online at ptcny.com/contact for a duplicate.

During the course of the online application, candidates can also expect to receive notices from the automated processing system from support@ptcny.com or eforms@ptcny.com. Applicants should add the "ptcny.com" domain name to their safe list. Subject lines for eligibility notices are displayed in this format: "Exam Abbeviation - [PTC ID] - Scheduling Authorization Notice" for example: "CPC-CPO - [P21855134] - Examination Scheduling Authorization."

After you make your test appointment, Prometric will send a confirmation email with the date, time, and location of your examination to you. Please check this confirmation carefully to be sure it is correct. Contact Prometric at 800.741.0934 if you do not receive this email confirmation or if there has been a mistake with your appointment.

View the details of what to expect when arriving at Prometric.

You must present your current (unexpired) driver's license, passport, U.S. military ID, or other government-issued ID at the test center. Expired, temporary or paper driver's licenses will not be accepted. The name on your scheculing authorization must exactly match the name on your photo ID. Fees will not be refunded for exams missed because of invalid ID.

Arrival at the testing site at the appointed time is the responsibility of the candidate. Please plan for weather, traffic, parking and any security requirements that are specific to the testing location. Late arrival may prevent you from testing.


The Commission on Paraoptometric Certification and Professional Testing Corporation support the intent of, and complies with, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Both organizations will take steps reasonably necessary to make certification accessible to persons with disabilities covered under the ADA. Appropriate and effective modification and/or auxiliary aids will be provided to persons with such disabilities unless doing so would impose an undue burden on the Commission's programs or fundamentally alter the measurement of skills or knowledge that the programs are intended to test.

Special testing arrangements may be made upon receipt of the application, examination fee, and a completed and signed Request for Special Needs Accommodations Form, available from ptcny.com or by calling PTC at 212.356.0660. This form must be uploaded with with your application at the time your application is submitted. Forms received after your application has been submitted may not be able to be processed for the testing peiord you have applied for. Information supplied on the form will only be used to determine the need for special accommodations and will be kept confidential. For more information on special needs accommodations, see the handbook.


If you need to cancel your examination appointment or reschedule to a different date within the two-week testing period, you must contact Prometric at 800.741.0934. See the handbook for details. 

Candidates unable to take the examination during their scheduled testing period may request a one-time transfer to the next immediate testing period. Candidate must submit a new applicaiton for the next testing period by the application deadline and pay the $200 application transfer fee when your application has been approved for transfer. See the handbook for details.