By the Division of Professional Licensure

I am interested in becoming a Dispensing Optician, what should I do?

Pursuant to 235 CMR 2.07 all applicants for licensure must have graduated from an accredited two-year educational program in opticianry or successfully complete one year of education in an accredited educational program in opticianry and successfully completed an apprenticeship of 3,000 hours/18 months or successfully complete an apprenticeship of 6,000 hours in no less than 3 years and have achieved a passing score on the American Board of Opticianry examination and the Massachusetts State practical examination.


Will I be required to pass the Contact Lens Registry Exam?

Effective June 1, 2007 all applicants will be required to achieve a passing score on the Contact Lens Registry Examination.


How do I get in touch with the examination company that gives the ABO and NCLE exam?

You can apply to take the National Board at any time:

American Board of Opticianry
National Contact Lense Examiners
6506 Loisdale Road, Suite 209
Springfield, VA 22150

You must submit an application for licensure, and become approved, prior to receiving information about taking the practical examination.


What do I do to become an apprentice optician?

You must apply to the Division of Apprentice registration at:

Division of Apprentice Training
P. O. Box 146759
10 Staniford Street
Boston, MA 02114
PH: (617) 626-5409
Fax: (617) 626-5427


What are the continuing education requirements?

Pursuant to 235 CMR 3.03 (Effective June 1, 2006) all Licensed dispensing opticians must complete 12-hours of continuing education. Licensed dispensing opticians must complete 6-hours of eyeglass and spectacle ("ABO") coursework or 5 hours of ABO coursework and 1 hour of coursework concerning state and federal laws and regulations governing opticianry. Licensed dispensing opticians must also complete 6-hours of coursework concerning contact lens dispensing ("NCLE") or 5 hours of NCLE and 1 hour of cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR training.