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CPC receives NCCA accreditation renewal

May 8, 2013

The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) granted re-accreditation to the Commission on Paraoptometric Certification (CPC) for four certification programs.

The Certified Paraoptometric (CPO), Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOA), Certified Paraoptometric Technician (CPOT) – both written and practical examinations – were recently re-accredited for a five-year period.

Renewal of accreditation was granted to these programs for demonstrating compliance with the NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs.

Accreditation provides third-party oversight of a conformity assessment system and a mechanism for organizations to demonstrate to the profession and the general public that a panel of impartial experts has determined it has met the stringent standards set by the credentialing community.

The Commission on Paraoptometric Certification, formerly known as the National Council on Paraoptometric Certification, was established in 2000 by the American Optometric Association. This program replaced the National Paraoptometric Registry, which was established by the AOA in 1978.

The CPC functions as a professional certification organization acting in the public interest by establishing examination requirements for the certification of optometric staff.

Under the supervision from an optometrist, certified optometric staff may perform technical and front-office taks.

To date, more than 18,300 individuals have attempted either the CPO, CPOA, or CPOT examinations.

To learn more about the CPC national certification program, visit www.aoa.org/x4931.xml. To learn more about NCCA accreditation standards, visit www.credentialingexcellence.org.

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