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American Board of Opticianry Examination (ABO)

What is the ABO Exam?

The American Board of Opticianry (ABO) is a national, not-for-profit organization that offers competency certification examinations. The ABO exam certifies dispensing opticians and is known as the National Opticianry Competency Exam (NOCE). ABO opticians must renew their certification every three years. In Connecticut, candidates applying to sit for the Connecticut State Board Practical Examination and Jurisprudence Examinations must pass the ABO and NCLE exams.

Career outcomes

Certification can be used to enter into practice in the field, provide validation of competence, serve as recognition of excellence, or for regulatory purposes.

Who is eligible?

Candidates who are at least 18 years of age with a high school diploma or GED are eligible to sit for the exam. No experience is required, but two to three years of hands-on experience or completion of an optical school program are recommended.

ABO exam overview

Exams are offered in a computer-based format and consist of 85-100 scored test items. Exams are offered quarterly in February, May, August, and November.

The NOCE ABO test consists of six content domains:

For more information about the ABO exam, please visit The American Board of Opticianry and National Contact Lens Examiners.