Both the ABO and NCLE Advanced Exams will be offered at all exam sites during the exam dates listed for the basic exams.
ABO-NCLE Advanced Certification Programs
In the rapidly changing field of vision care, more and more knowledge and skills are required of practitioners. ABO and NCLE Advanced Certifications focus specifically on the advanced level knowledge and skills needed for ophthalmic dispensing, that is providing spectacle, contact lens, and refraction services. This certification can also compliment JCAHPO certificants who work in medical offices but have limited optical knowledge and skill. In fact, COT/COMT certification is one of the eligibility pathways to this new and exciting skill level.
The Advanced Certification designations, ABOC-AC and NCLE-AC, are earned only after a practitioner has attained several years experience, completes a prescribed curriculum of advanced education, and achieves a passing score on the rigorous examinations. Test specifications are posted on this site.
Professionals with advanced certification credential are equipped to work in a variety of practice settings, such as: independent opticians, ophthalmology practices, university hospitals, commercial offices, HMO/managed care offices, optometric offices, large clinics, optical product manufacturers. In short, Advanced Certification equips you in all settings which provide eyeglasses and contact lens services to clients.
How Do I Earn Advanced Certification From ABO-NCLE?
Having earned the basic ABO or NCLE certification, and completed one recertification period (3 years) you are eligible to take the Advanced exams.
ABO Master and CLSA Fellows who are not currently ABO or NCLE certified, may obtain Advanced Certification by re-taking and passing the entry level examinations (NOCE and CLRE). Having passed the NOCE and/or CLRE again, the Advanced Certification status may be requested and granted, without having to take the Advanced Examination(s). A certificate will be provided upon request at a nominal fee.
The Advanced Examination may be taken as often as required to achieve a passing score.
What Are The Fees For The Advanced Examination?
The registration fee for either the ABO Advanced Exam or the NCLE Advanced Exam is $225.
Click HERE to download a copy of the Advanced Exam Handbook. (The handbook is currently under construction.)