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View resources for organizations that are presenting paraoptometric education.

CPC-approved education listing

View the education listing approved by the CPC—updated Dec. 9, 2019.

Contact the CPC if you require continuing education (CE) forms for any of the approved courses. Paraoptometrics who are looking for a listing of acceptable online education sponsors or courses should contact the CPC at cpc@aoa.org.

CE review application and forms

The CPC CE approval requirement of 18 hours of CE for paraoptometrics renewing their current certification is in effect. Paraoptometrics are required to submit a minimum of nine hours of education that has been approved by CPC; the remaining nine credits may be a combination of credits that have been approved by CPC/AOA, ABO, NCLE, JCAHPO or COPE.

To begin the review process, a single form that provides event details, contact information, speaker qualifications and course information is to be completed and submitted electronically while on the AOA web site. Up to 10 attachments may be submitted on a single form.

Speaker qualifications: A current resumé or CV for each speaker is required.

Course information: A detailed and timed outline is required. Outlines must include the course title, speaker name, total length of the presentation, level (beginner, intermediate, advanced), domain or topic area, course description, course objectives and a detailed account of what will be presented.

Submissions lacking documentation will be rejected.

Hints: To avoid having to complete multiple forms for your meeting, you may combine documents for speakers presenting multiple courses into one document for each speaker.

On-time submissions will be received by the CPC at least eight weeks in advance of the event/presentation.

See the education review guidelines for fee schedule.

Reviews are completed within 2–3 weeks of receipt of the complete submission. Once education is approved, CPC will email to the contact listed on the application, an approval letter, invoice for the review and a formatted CE template for each approved course.

Requesting CE forms for pre-approved courses

Education sponsors may request CE form templates for courses that have already received CPC approval by contacting the CPC at cpc@aoa.org. Providers may utilize the list of CPC-approved courses (above) to aid them in the selection of pre-approved courses. Provide the course name, speaker name and length of the course (number of credits approved) along with the CPC course ID number, if known, when submitting additional courses to CPC for review and approval. All CE form templates will be emailed to the contact listed on the application cover sheet once the review has been completed.

Note: CPC will no longer provide CE forms for COPE-approved courses.