So, you want to be an Optician, Eye Care Professional (ECP) or Optical Dispensing Professional?
Good for you!
Opticians sell eyewear or eyeglasses, repair and adjust eyeglasses, make eyeglasses and work in retail stores or in doctor’s offices. Some opticians do own their own shop.
It really can be a great job.
You can make a real living wage and work under good conditions.
Learning all the skills needed to be an optician is very hands-on so you will need to work in an optical shop, go to school or become an apprentice. OpticianWorks is a great way to learn about the job and be prepared to start work.
Think About It — If becoming an optician was quick and easy and anyone could do it then you would not earn a living wage by being one!
When you become a member be sure to read the Introduction lesson as well.
Things to know:
Key: No individual, no school, no college, no on-line program, no study guide, no manual can “certify” you as an optician. In the US certification and-or licensure is on a state-by-state basis. You may receive a certificate that states that you have passed a specific course of study or a particular exam but never one that certifies that you are an optician. Please re-read that! It is very important!
There are only twenty-two states that require you to have a license to call yourself an optician. The other twenty-eight states have little or no requirements to dispense eyewear or make eyeglasses. In those states you may be called an optician or an optical dispenser, an eye care provider or ECP or an optical dispensing professional.
Compare this with a field like nursing which does have national certification, national organization, national standard testing and nationally recognized guidelines for school programs.
Many states use the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) written examination as all or part of their license process.
The ABO exam is a minimal competency, low passing score exam.
How can OpticianWorks help you become an Optician, ECP or Optical Dispensing Professional?
If you live or plan to work in a licensed state OpticianWorks can help you prepare for the classes and any tests that you will be required to take. OpticianWorks will help you be a better student, a better employee and a better optician.
If you live or plan to work in a non-license state OpticianWorks can prepare you to become a competent optical dispensing professional. If you work through my entire site you will know more than many “licensed opticians” and increase your chances of being hired and earning a good hourly rate of pay.
OpticianWorks offers a complete on-line education program. To work through the entire course of study you will need to apply yourself and study. I would expect anyone with no experience to need about ninety-six hours to complete the entire course.
Note: That is exactly the same as two semesters of college classes.
Many people ask about other study materials and the only book I can recommend is Optical Formulas Tutorial by Ellen Stoner. You will find her explanation of the formulas and have addition examples and practice tests. I only recommend using it as a compliment to the material that I cover. However, if you have strong math skills working through the entire book would be an excellent idea!
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