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 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: If you are jointly Advanced Certified, for your ABO Renewal, you may send in 9 ABO-approved CECs (of which at least 5 hours are ABO-approved Technical II or III CECs) plus the $125 fee for the ABO renewal portion; for your NCLE Renewal, you may send in 12 NCLE-approved CECs (of which at least 6 hours are NCLE-approved Technical II or III CECs) plus the $125 fee for the NCLE renewal portion.
Master Designation Renewal Requirements
Those Advanced Certificants with a Masters Designation are required to comply with the Advanced Certification Requirements.
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.
ABO and/or NCLE Technical courses are identified within the Course Description as being Tech I, Tech II, or Tech III
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:
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Mail: Send your CECs and renewal fees to
6506 Loisdale Road, Suite 330
Springfield, VA 22150
Be sure to include your name, address and certificate number.
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