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State Board of Examiners of
Ophthalmic Dispenser and Ophthalmic Technicians
Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction to Practice Questions

DISCLAIMER: Any and all statements herein should not be construed as the official policy or positions of the State of Examiners of Ophthalmic Dispenser and Ophthalmic Technicians. The information is merely provided on our Web page by Board staff for general guidance to the citizens of New Jersey and users of our Web site. No individual staff member is authorized to provide a binding opinion or statement for the full Board. Nothing herein should be construed as legal advice or as a legal opinion for any particular situation. Refer to the Statutes and regulations of the State Board of Examiners of Ophthalmic Dispenser and Ophthalmic Technicians and consult with an attorney of your choice for clarification.

These frequently asked practice questions are intended to provide general guidance and are not a substitute for consulting the appropriate laws, rules or regulations or a qualified attorney. The laws, rules and regulations are available on this Web site for review.

Licensing:


Training and Exams:


Miscellaneous:


Licensing:

  1. How do I obtain an application for an apprentice’s permit?

    The quickest and easiest way to obtain an application to become an apprentice ophthalmic dispenser is by downloading the forms from our Web site at www.njconsumeraffairs.gov. You in writing by providing the following information: your name and mailing address, or by contacting the Board directly at (973) 504-6435.
    THERE MUST BE A WORKING AND OPERATION LAB ON THE PREMISES!

  2. When do I have to start accumulating continuing education credits after I have passed the exam?
    Ophthalmic dispensers who are applying for their first biennial renewal are exempt from this mandatory continuing education requirement. Once they have paid their first renewal fee, then they must begin accumulating 12 credits, three of which must be in contact lens dispensing

  3. Does the Board offer inactive license status?
    Yes. You may place your license in inactive status at any time. Inactive status is good for five years. You are required to maintain your continuing education credits. If you do not reactivate your license within the five-year period, you will be required to retake the State Board examination.

  4. How long must I maintain patient records?
    All patient records must be kept for at least six years.

  5. Am I required to wear an identification badge when I am providing services?
    You must wear a name tag indicating your name, license number, and your professional title at all times when serving the public. An apprentice also must wear an identification badge.

Training and Exams:

  1. How long does it take to get my apprentice’S permit?
    Absent any complicating factors, the average application process takes approximately six to eight weeks to complete. Once your application is complete, your file will be reviewed and a determination will be made.

    Incomplete applications are considered “abandoned” one year after receipt and no refund will be issued on any fees paid for that application.




  2. Can I renew my apprentice’s permit?
    The Board will allow you to renew your apprentice’s permit provided that the educational requirements have been met according to the regulations concerning eligibility for the State Board examination.




  3. What are the requirements to sit for the State Board examination and to obtain an ophthalmic dispenser’s license?
    You are required to submit a completed application, a non-refundable initial application fee of $100.00,a permit fee of $300.00, your official college transcripts, an employer’s statement, and a photo taken no more than 12 moths prior to the date the application is submitted. Completed applications with all of the attachments and documents must be filed with the Board at least 30 days prior to the examination.

    If applying with an Associate of Applied Sciences (A.A.S.) Degree in Ophthalmic Science, the applicant must have satisfactorily completed a four month apprenticeship registered with the Board subsequent to the awarding of the degree, and have satisfactorily completed a course of study from a recognized school of ophthalmic dispensing accredited by the Commission of Opticianry Accredation (C.O.A.). ( www.coaccreditation.com ) The Web site will provide a list of approved colleges. An official college transcript, with the graduation date, and a copy of the diploma showing completion of program must accompany the application.

    If applying with a certificate in Ophthalmic Science, the applicant must have satisfactorily completed a 36-month apprenticeship registered with the Board. The applicant must have passed the Qualifying Technical Examination at the completion of the first 12 months of the apprenticeship.

    If applying with an out-of-state license, the applicant must have an A.A.S. Degree in Ophthalmic Science from a recognized school of ophthalmic dispensing approved by the C.O.A. (www.coaccreditation.com) The Web site will provide a list of approved colleges. You are required to submit an official college transcript, with the graduation date, and a copy of your degree must accompany the application. A verification of licensure from the state in which you are currently licensed is also a requirement.




Miscellaneous

  1. Does New Jersey law require applicants to fulfill the college education requirements in order to take the New Jersey examination?
    Yes. You must have completed the educational requirements before you are eligible for the State Board examination.



  2. How long is a prescription for eyeglasses valid?
    A patient’s prescription for eyeglasses does not expire.

    The Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act requires a prescription for contact lenses to be valid for at least one year unless, in the prescriber's medical judgment, the patient's eye health requires a shorter period of time.



  3. If a patient wants a copy of his/her prescription, am I required to provide a copy?

    Yes. A patient is entitled to a copy of his/her prescription.

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