Advanced Certification Renewal

Both ABO-NCLE advanced certifications are valid for three (3) years. Continuing education credits (CECs) must be earned within the three year (3) certification period and may not be accumulated and carried over from one period to another. All CECs and renewal fees are due on or before your expiration date.

 

Continuing Education Renewal Requirements


For those renewing their certification that expires in 2016 and 2017:

ABO Advanced Certified: Send in 12 ABO-approved CECs, at least one-third of these must be Approved Technical Level II or Level III CECs (up to 6 may be NCLE-approved) and the $125 fee.

NCLE Advanced Certified:
Send in 18 NCLE-approved CECs, at least one-third of these must be Approved Technical Level II or Level III CECs (up to 9 may be ABO-approved) and the $125 fee.

ABO and NCLE (Joint) Advanced Certified:
Send in 21 CECs, at least one-third of these must be Approved Technical Level II or Level III CECs (9 ABO-approved and 12 NCLE-approved) plus the $250 fee.


For those renewing their certification in 2018 and beyond:

ABO Advanced Certified:
Send in 12 ABO- and/or NCLE-approved CECs (of which at least 6 hours are ABO-approved Technical Level II or III CECs; the remainder can be either ABO- and/or NCLE-approved Technical or General Knowledge) and the $125 fee.

NCLE Advanced Certified:
Send in 18 NCLE- and/or ABO-approved CECs (of which at least 9 hours are NCLE-approved Technical Level II or III CECs; the remainder can be either ABO- and/or NCLE-approved Technical or General Knowledge) and the $125 fee.

ABO and NCLE (Joint) Advanced Certified:
Send in 21 ABO- and/or NCLE-approved CECs (of which at least 5 hours are ABO-approved Technical Level II or III CECs and 6 hours are NCLE-approved Technical Level II or III CECs; the remainder can be either ABO- and/or NCLE-approved Technical or General Knowledge) and the $250 fee.

    Acceptable Continuing Education Credit

    ABO: Spectacle related courses approved by ABO with an assigned course number.

    NCLE: Contact lens related courses approved by NCLE with an assigned course number.  

    Alternate Renewal Methods

    ABO: You may submit proof of a current license in a licensing state requiring Continuing Education. 
     
    NCLE: You may submit proof of a current license in a licensing state requiring Continuing Education.
     

    States that require Continuing Education for their license renewal are:

    Alaska
    Arizona
    Arkansas
    Connecticut
    Florida
    Georgia
    Kentucky
    Massachusetts
    Nevada
    New Jersey 
    New York
    North Carolina
    Ohio
    Rhode Island
    South Carolina
    Tennessee
    Vermont
    Washington 

    Renew

    Online: Log into your Account

    or

    Mail: Send your CECs and renewal fees to

                ABO-NCLE
                P. O. Box 79228
                Baltimore, MD 21279-0228

                Be sure to include your name, address and certificate number.
           

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