CPC administrator appointed to national agency review board

January 19, 2012

 The AOA’s Commission on Paraoptometric Certification (CPC) announced the appointment of Darlene Leuschke, CPC administrator, to the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) as an administrative reviewer.

She will be responsible for reviewing NCCA accreditation applications from certifying organizations for their certification program(s) against NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs.

The NCCA was created in 1987 by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) to help ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the public through the accreditation of a variety of certification programs/organizations that assess professional competence. 

Certification programs that receive NCCA accreditation demonstrate compliance with the NCCA’s Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs, which were the first standards for professional certification programs developed by the industry. 

The CPC offers five certifications for optometric assistants and technicians. The Certified Paraoptometric (CPO), Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOA), and the Certified Paraoptometric Technician (CPOT) written and practical examinations are accredited by the NCCA. 

The Certified Paraoptometric Coder (CPOC) will be eligible for application for NCCA approval in 2012. 

Leuschke holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management – Training and Development. Additionally, she holds certificates in test design and delivery and HIPAA compliance and security. 

Leuschke has been employed by the AOA for more than 22 years, and her role as administrator/registrar includes the responsibility for the assessment, development and delivery of information for the paraoptometric certification program. 

Additionally, Leuschke assists the commissioners in assessing the needs for optometric staff development and in identifying training resources to meet certification requirements.

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