Not certified yet, or need to move up? Time to invest in you. Use our step-by-step certification planner.

This planner assumes that you are moving through the levels of certfication via the on-the-job training route.

To get started, click on the situation that appies to you:

I have no experience in this field, but I would like to get started.

I am currently working as an uncertified ophthalmic assistant and I want to get certified.

I am currently certified as an ophthalmic assistant and I want to become certified as an ophthalmic technician.

I am currently certified as an ophthalmic technician and I want to become certified as an ophthalmic technologist.


#16 Moderator 2016-04-14 19:51
Hi Viri,

You need to have worked for 1000 hours in the past 12 months and have an ophthalmologist sign your application.
#15 viri 2016-04-14 19:03
i have worked in Ophthalmology field for 4+ years,I'm currently not working. Can i still take the test?
#14 Moderator 2015-04-26 20:08
Hello abdulkarem,

As indicated on the certification planner, if you have not been certified as a COA, or a COT, you will need those certification first unless you attend an accredited school.
#13 abdulkarem 2015-04-25 13:50
I am a ophthalmic technician and I had been working about 17 years in refraction and diagnosis and assisting microsurgical operation so I would like to get advanced certificate as on ophthalmic technology technician
#12 Moderator 2014-05-20 21:36
Hi Gracie,

I am not aware of any "canned" protocols for ophthalmology office procedure. A major problem with a "one-size-fits- all" protocol manual is that most offices have differences in their procedures.
#11 Griselda Rodriguez 2014-05-20 14:55
I am interested in starting a step by step Protocol for new employees. such as what to do for a N/P exam , Follow up , red eyes, floaters,Dilate d fundus exam , a painful eye. etc etc etc. Any recommendations . Is their a book available????
#10 Moderator 2014-05-04 14:11
Hello cruziangirl,

I am assuming that you are talking about the COA exam.

You will need to call JCAHPO (800) 284-3937 to find out if you need tp repeat the "home study course". If not, they will tell you if you need CE credits instead. When ready to study for the exam, go to and study the Certified Ophthalmic Assistant Exam Prep Course:
#9 Cruziangirl 2014-05-04 04:58
I took the test and failed, its been 3yrs ago. What do I need to do in order to take the test again? I've been working for an Ophthalmologist for 16 yrs.
#8 Moderator 2014-05-01 01:28
Hi Diana,

The first step is to call JCAHPO (800-284-3937) and find out exactly what you will need to get certified again. I expect that you will need some CE credits and that you will need to take the certified ophthalmic technician exam again. If so, has what you need for the credits and to study for the exam:
#7 Diana Herbst 2014-05-01 01:05
In 1970 I became certified ophthalmic medical tech and my doctor stopped paying for our certification 10 years ago, I would like to be recertified and not sure what classes I need to take online. I am still working for the same doctor and if possible to take courses online would help.

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