Is becoming an optician right for me?
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How to become an Optician
It is typically required that aspiring opticians take courses at a specialty school and earn a certificate upon completion of the program. Individuals wanting to become opticians should enrol in an Opticianry Program at one of the accredited educational institutions that offer a program. Opticianry programs are offered full-time, part-time, or through online study and range in length from one to three years for completion depending on the institution.
Those who want to successfully practice should make sure they enrol in a program that is accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation (COA). A license is required for all practicing opticians. Both the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE) and the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) offer exams for those who wish to be certified at the national level.
Further, some states require aspiring opticians to pass their own written and practical exams as offered by a state's professional licensing board. In these states, opticians are expected to receive continued education to maintain certification.