Certification for Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA), Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT), and Certified Ophthalmic Technologist (COMT) is administered by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology.  The following is a brief summary of the requirements for those with work experience (on-the-job training). Those who graduate from a school or training program have different requirements.  For complete and up to date information, contact the JCAHPO® at 800-284-3937 and request a certification packet.

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COA: You must pass a written certification examination.  To be eligible for examination, you must complete a short (approved) independent study course and you must have at least 1000 hours (6 months equivalent) of work experience under the supervision of an ophthalmologist.

COT: You must pass a written certification examination and a computerized skills examination.  To be eligible for examination, you must work for at least one full year as a COA and you must have 12 group A CE credits within the past 12 months.

COMT: You must pass a written certification examination and a computerized skills examination.  To be eligible for examination, you must work for at least three full years as a COT and you must have 12 group A CE credits within the past 12 months.