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Education Requirements

Licensing Qualifications
Exam: State License Renewal Period: Annually Continuing Education Requirements: 8 hours per year; 4 spectacle and 4 contact lenses

Monitoring Authority
North Carolina State Board of Opticians PO Box 25336 Raleigh, NC 27611 919-733-9321

To become a Licensed Optician in North Carolina:
As a North Carolina resident, to become eligible to sit for the N.C. Opticianry Boards, the candidate must complete one of the following:

  • serve a 3.5 year apprenticeship in N.C., registered in a Board approved training facility
  • OR, receive a two-year degree in Opticianry or Ophthalmic Dispensing at a COA accredited program.

As an out-of-state resident, to become eligible to sit for the N.C. Opticianry Boards, the candidate must apply to sit for the exam within 90 days of moving to N.C. from a non-licensed state, with 4 or more years of experience in a facility similar to an N.C. approved training facility.

Regardless of the state of residency, if the candidate did not receive a two-year degree from a COA accredited program, the candidate must also have completed one of the following:

  • a certificate program offered by any COA accredited program, such as the Basic Opticianry program at Durham Technical Community College
  • OR the NAO Career Progression Program.

Once a candidate has completed the 3.5 year apprenticeship or received a two-year degree in Opticianry or Ophthalmic Dispensing, the candidate must serve a minimum of a 6 month Internship in N.C. working in a Board approved training facility. The candidate may sit for the N.C. State Board of Opticianry examination either during or after the Internship period.

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