Maintain Your Certification

Purpose of Renewal

The Commission on Paraoptometric Certification (CPC) renewal program ensures certified paraoptometrics remain current in optometric assisting skills and knowledge. The purpose of recertification is to ensure that certified paraoptometrics maintain their competence to practice by increasing their knowledge, honing their skills, encouraging interaction with peers, and meeting professional standards.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

Option 1: Those who hold a designation of CPOTM, CPOATM or CPOTTM must earn a minimum of 18 hours in continuing education (CE) every three years and provide proof of this CE credit to the Commission on Paraoptometric Certification (CPC) by Nov. 1 of their renewal year. All CE credit hours submitted for recertification must have been attained prior to the recertification deadline date and during the current 3-year renewal cycle. Renewal dates are based on the year in which the current certification level was attained or the year in which the paraoptometric most recently renewed the current certification status. The renewal year may be found on the certificate or by viewing the CPC Directory of Certified Paraoptometrics.

Those holding a designation of CPOCTM must earn a minimum of 9 hours of billing and coding related continuing education every three years and provide proof of this to the CPC by May 31 of their renewal year. All CE credit hours submitted for recertification must have been attained prior to the recertification deadline date and during the current 3-year renewal period. Renewal dates are based on the year in which the certification level was attained or the year in which they most recently renewed their current certification. The renewal year may be found on the certificate or by viewing the CPC Directory.

Option 2: In lieu of providing proof of required CE hours, certified paraoptometrics may opt to recertify by applying, paying for and passing the examination of the next higher level of certification prior to the renewal date for their current designation.

Failure to meet all of the renewal requirements will result in loss of paraoptometric certification and CPC designation.

Need continuing education credit? View our listing of available continuing education credit opportunities, or view our Education and Product Catalog

View the CPC Directory of Certified Paraoptometrics -- Updated quarterly; last update 6/16/2017.

RENEWAL SCHEDULE AND FEES

CPOTM, CPOATM, and CPOTTM  Guidelines: As a courtesy to certificants, renewal statements are emailed beginning in February of the renewal year. Renewal documents and payment are due every third year on or before Nov. 1 and the cycle is set on a calendar year. For example, if one earns a CPO certification anytime between January - December 2016, the renewal will be due on or before Nov. 1, 2019.

           Renewal Fees: $95 (if received at the CPC office in St. Louis between Jan. 1 and Nov. 1 of the renewal year)
           Late Renewal Fee: $195 (if received at the CPC office in St. Louis after Nov. 1 of the renewal year)

CPO, CPOA, or CPOT certifications that are not renewed by Nov. 30 in the appropriate renewal year will be dropped and the paraoptometric's status will become "uncertified."

CPOCTM Guidelines: As a courtesy to certificants, renewal statements are emailed in January of the renewal year. Renewal documents and payment are due every third year on or before May 31 and the cycle is set on a calendar year. For example, if one earns a CPOC certification anytime between January - December 2016, the renewal will be due on or before May 31, 2019.

           Renewal Fee: $95 (if received at the CPC office in St. Louis between Jan. 1 and May 31 of the renewal year)
           Late Renewal Fee: $195 (if received at the CPC office in St. Louis after May 31 of the renewal year)

CPOC certifications that are not renewed by June 30 in the appropriate renewal year will be dropped and the paraoptometric's status will become "uncertified."

Mail certification renewals to: AOA-CPC, 243 N. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO  63141

MEDICAL NEED FOR EXEMPTION

Any applicant may make a written appeal of decisions made by the CPC relating to loss of designation. In the appeal, an applicant may request an exemption based on written support of medical need from their physician. All requests for exemption must be received, in writing, by the CPC within 30 days of notification of non-compliance with CPC requirements or within 30 days of the renewal deadline.