What are the continuing education requirements for license renewal in Arkansas?
5 hours of live continuing education credits, every year
Must enclose proof of meeting attendance during renewal
Internet CE allowed? No; OTI’s courses will not fulfill requirements
Is Optical Training Institute an approved continuing education provider in Arkansas?
No, state licensed opticians cannot complete online courses to fulfill their renewal requirements.
What is the Optician Development Program approved for in Arkansas?
At this time, ODP is not approved in the state of Arkansas for apprenticeship alignment. The program can be taken for training and ABO-NCLE exam preparation purposes only.
What are the requirements to become a licensed optician in Arkansas?
Section 17-89-302 Qualifications - Licensed dispensing opticians
- Every applicant for examination as a licensed dispensing optician shall present satisfactory evidence to the Arkansa Board of Dispensing Opticians that he or she is over the age of twenty-one (21), of good moral character, a high school graduate or the equivalent thereof, and either:
- Is a graduate of a school of opticianry whose curriculum consists of at least eighteen (18) months of didactic and practical instruction which is accredited by a national accreditation organization and approved by the board; or
- (A) Has been engaged in the providing of ophthalmic dispensing services, as defined in this chapter, in the State of Arkansas for a period of not less than five (5) years immediately prior to application.
(B) No more than three (3) years may consist of:
(i) Working in a qualified service optical laboratory approved by the board; or
(ii) Providing ophthalmic dispensing services under the direct supervision of an Arkansas-licensed or registered dispensing optician, Arkansas-licensed optometrist, or Arkansas physician skilled in diseases of the eye.
- All persons making an application for licensure as licensed dispensing opticians must successfully complete the written and practical examination prepared and conducted by the board.
For more information: Arkansas State Board of Dispensing Opticians Arkansas Department of Health
What exams are required in Arkansas to become a licensed optician?
Passing of the state written and practical examination is required.
How can you contact the Arkansas state board?
Arkansas State Board of Dispensing Opticians
Contact: Jerry Himes, Secretary-Treasurer
Phone: (870) 572-2847 Cell: (601) 954-1278
P.O. Box 627
Helena, AR 72342