To earn your basic certification, you need to achieve a passing score on an examination. Each exam consists of questions on the skills and knowledge required for competency in ophthalmic dispensing. Both the NOCE and the CLRE exams are psychometrically developed by impartial Subject Matter Experts within the field of Opticianry and Contact Lens Fitting. After test specifications are created (based on the Job Analysis), the exams are written by groups of impartial Certified Opticians and Contact Lens Fitters. The questions are then reviewed by the testing service specialists for proper testing principles and rules of grammar and style. Questions are created to test a candidate's ability to recall knowledge and to apply that knowledge to specific dispensing functions.
Exams are given in English and Spanish, via computer and each exam is 2 hours long. 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.
Important information to note before registering for the exam:
-Please make sure you are using a desktop or laptop to complete the exam registration.
-Exam registration fees are NON-REFUNDABLE once payment has been submitted.
-Please make sure you read over the candidate handbook for further exam policy information before registering for the exam; it may answer most of your questions about the exam. Candidate handbook can be located under the Exam Information tab, then by clicking on Basic Exams.
-After you have submitted the registration fee, you will receive an email with your eligibility ID number and instructions on how to schedule your exam to pick your location, date, and time.
***Please be aware that if you have failed this exam in November, 2018, you have to wait at least 6 months to retest. If you still register for February’s 2019 exam (without waiting the 6 month period), we will automatically change your exam window to May, 2019. ***
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