Future Exam Administration Dates

Both the ABO and the NCLE Basic and Advanced Certification Exams will be offered during the same administration periods, four times per year, on the following schedule, as well as at OptiCon @ Vision Expo East and OptiCon @ Vision Expo West:


February 1-15 Testing Window:

Regular registration opens on November 16 and closes on January 8
Late registration ends January 15

OptiCon @ Vision Expo East (New York City, NY):
Contact ABO & NCLE at exams@abo-ncle.org for more information.

May 1-15 Testing Window:
Regular registration opens on February 16 and closes on April 1
Late registration ends April 15

August 1-15 Testing Window:
Registration opens on May 16 and closes on July 1
Late registration ends July 15

OptiCon @ Vision Expo West (Las Vegas, NV):
Contact ABO & NCLE at exams@abo-ncle.org for more information.


November 1-15 Testing Window:  
Registration opens August 16 and closes on October 1
Late registration ends October 15

Basic Examinations are given in English and Spanish, via computer, and each exam is 2 hours long. There is a brief tutorial and a summary that do not affect the 2 hour time allocation for the Basic Examinations.  You must be at least 18 years old, and a high school graduate or have earned a GED or the equivalent in order to take the exams. ABO-NCLE reserves the right to require that you produce proof of eligibility at any time.