Massachusetts is one of only twenty-three states that require optician licensing by law. Rules and regulations regarding optician training requirements, licensing, and certification are established by the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. The following information will be relevant to you if you are wanting to be licensed as an optician in the state of Massachusetts.
Massachusetts State Opticianry Law:
No individual may perform, provide, or offer to perform or provide, any function or service which is included within the “practice of opticianry”, or hold himself or herself out to the public as able to engage in the practice of opticianry without a license.
General Eligibility Requirements:
- At least 18 years of age
- Of good moral character
Technical Skills and Training Requirements:
Must fulfill one of the following…
- Has graduated from a two-year educational program in opticianry which is accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation
- Successfully completed one year of education in an educational program in opticianry which is accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation and successfully completed an apprenticeship of not less than 3,000 hours over a period of not less than eighteen (18) months
- Successfully completed an apprenticeship of not less than 6,000 hours over a period of not less than three (3) years
Opticianry Degree Programs:
The Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, located in Boston, offers a 2-year Associate Degree in Optometry. You can learn about the admissions process by clicking here. This program is one of only two offered among states that make up New England. To learn more about the curriculum and the objectives of the program, you can visit the program website.
- The National Opticianry Competency Examination administered by the American Board of Opticianry
- The National Contact Lens Registry Examination administered by the National Contact Lens Examiners
- A nationally standardized practical examination or a practical examination in opticianry administered by the governmental licensing authority of another state or territory of the United States which, in the opinion of the Board, is substantially equivalent to the Massachusetts practical examination.
Licensure by Endorsement:
A license applicant who holds a current, valid license or registration to practice as a dispensing optician issued by the applicable licensing authority of another state may be granted a license by the Board without meeting the requirements above. You may still be required to take and pass the state practical examination.
Fees and Forms:
- Application for licensure, $59
- Renewal Fee, $82
State Contact Information:
Phone: (617) 727-5339
Fax: (617) 727-1627
Board of Dispensing Opticians
1000 Washington St., Ste. 710
Boston, MA 02118-6100
State Association: Opticians Association of Massachusetts