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What it Means to Be Certified

National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA)The Commission on Paraoptometric Certification is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), underscoring the value of CPC certification for paraoptometrics.

Certification is a voluntary process instituted by a nongovernmental agency in which individuals are recognized for advanced knowledge, competence, and skill. Certification requires assessment, testing, and evaluation of education and/or experience.

A certification organization conducts a program to evaluate the competence of practitioners. The competent practitioner performs work accurately and interacts with other professionals and patients effectively. Competence must be demonstrated and maintained.

The Commission on Paraoptometric Certification (CPC), formerly known as the National Council on Paraoptometric Certification, was established in 2000 by the American Optometric Association. This program replaced the National Paraoptometric Registry which was established by the American Optometric Association in 1978.

Since the inception of the former National Paraoptometric Registry program in 1978, the AOA has utilized an outside testing agency to provide quality psychometric services and assure credibility of its program.  Certification focuses specifically on the individual and is an indication of current proficiency in a specialized field.  Certification is highly valued and provides formal acknowledgement of knowledge in a particular area of practice.

The Commission on Paraoptometric Certification (CPC) is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). The NCCA is the accrediting body of the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA). The NCCA accreditation serves as a benchmark on how organizations should conduct certification and clearly distinguishes the excellence and value of CPC certification.

Pleaes visit AOA's Certification page for an application to take a certification exam. Before you apply, review the Certification Levels (CPO, CPOA, and CPOT) to learn about eligibility rules and application procedures.