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Paraoptometric Assistant and Technician Certification

Paraoptometric Assistant and Technician Certification

Certification has become an important part of the optometric career advancement process because it demonstrates that an individual possesses a level of competence that is required to be successful in the industry. While certification in and of itself does not expand one’s knowledge or skill set, it does serve as an indication of whether or not someone is competent to perform the job. Employers commonly use certification as a metric by which they critically assess an individual’s suitability for available positions.


Paraoptometric professionals who have been certified can generally expect to have more job opportunities available to them. Optical employers prefer to hire credentialed applicants because they know that they require less training and support. Employers also realize that many customers respond better to employees who can demonstrate that they have met national standards of competence. Certified employees are an important asset to a business because they represent a marketing advantage … Click Here to Continue Reading

Ophthalmic Assistant, Technician, and Technologist Certification

Ophthalmic Assistant, Technician, and Technologist Certification

Certification represents a very important process by which individuals demonstrate specialized knowledge and understanding within the industry. Individuals who are certified have shown that they possess a unique set of skills that are of value to society. The fact that someone has taken the initiative to complete the certification process shows that they are confident that they have a thorough understanding of the industry and are capable of providing the highest level of care.


Another reason for why certification is important is the fact that many employers and organizations use it to quickly assess whether or not a job applicant should be considered for a position or an employee is deserving of higher pay and greater responsibility. While many people may consider certification a formality, it is still a tangible metric by which administrators can easily filter candidates for hire or promotion. Since credentials are still an important part of the … Click Here to Continue Reading

Optician Training in the Army, Navy, and Air Force

Optician Training in the Army, Navy, and Air Force

The military provides unique opportunities for individuals who have an interest in a career in the optical industry. Much like the civilian world, the army, navy, and air force all have great need for eye wear professionals who are skilled at selecting, fitting, and repairing glasses and contact lenses. While the military does outsource aspects of eye care to the civilian sector, there are opportunities for individuals who are active or reserve members of the primary branches of the military.

Military Optician Training Programs


The army, navy, and air force do not generally offer training programs specifically for opticians. Much like other areas of healthcare, the military may require you to complete a training program in the civilian world before being placed in an optical position within the military itself. If you are already a member of the military, there may be programs that will reimburse you for the fees that … Click Here to Continue Reading