COT® Exam Prep Course



Get Prepared for the Certified Ophthalmic Technician Certification Exam

This prep course gives you all the study materials needed to pass the COT certification exam that is administered by JCAHPO.

Now with extended access (9 months) for the same $150 fee (includes 12 JCAHPO approved CE credits).

Notice: The COT® Prep Course is not intended for the general public.  You must be sponsored by an eye doctor in order to take the COT® certification examination. For more information on a career in ophthalmology click here.  If you already work in an opthalmologist's office and you need information about exam requirements click here.

Update on the 2020 Exam Changes: 

JCAHPO has once again made changes to the exam content areas for 2020 and beyond. New content has been added, and some content has been taken away. Also, the number of exam questions as a percentage has changed for many content areas. We have made changes to each prep course accordingly. This is the third content area revamp JCAHPO has made in the past four years. This is a major advantage of using eyetec.net prep courses. Text books, flash cards, and brand x exam practice tests do not have this flexiblity that gives you an added advantage.

"Yippee, hooray!!  I passed the written COT® exam yesterday and couldn't have done it without eyetec.net.  I was more than prepared for the test. Hopefully the skills eval will go just as well."  AT

  "Thanks for your excellent COT® review course!!! I used your COA review in 2008 to pass that exam!!! It was $$$ well spent and I can truly say I would not have passed without them!!!"  RM

      "I purchased the COT® review course and found it to be extremely instrumental in helping me prepare for the COT® test. It was such a huge asset and definitely worth the money. The quizzes helped me identify weak areas so I could go back and revise and thus passed it first time.
     Thanks again and wish you continued success. I did tell my co- workers that when it come time for them to take the COT® exam that they should purchase the course as it is money well spent."   SG

I don't need to be convinced, just sign me up!   (register/login here)


Yes, there are other "review" and "prep" courses, methods, and recommendations out there.

In the grand scheme of certification, the price of one vs the other doesn't matter much. When spending your valuable time and effort, not to mention your reputation, you want a course with a track record of success. Eyetec.net has been in the prep course business since 1998, with many, many successful "students". See more COT prep course user comments when you get to the end of the page.

A survey indicated that COT® exam test takers had the most trouble with the optics problems. The new COT® exam has a decreased emphasis on optics, but the prep course gives you additional help with any optics related problems that may be on the exam. 

 " I just wanted you to know that I passed my COT exam and that the Ace the Optics section was a tremendous help. I only missed one optics related question! The tips for what to memorize were a huge help!"  KT

Get up to 12 group A CE credits while you study for the exam.  

Here's how it works:  After purchasing the exam prep course, you will email to me which of the CEC courses from the catalog that you want CE credit for and I will sign you up for the CE credit post-tests.  All CEC courses are relevant to exam content, so you are not doing any "extra" reading that is not related to the exam.

Review course or prep course?

A review course lasts several hours and is designed to give you an overview of the exam material.  A comprehensive prep course takes many hours to complete and it gives you in-depth discussions of all exam content areas.  This course is a comprehensive prep course.  Take a review course if you already have a complete knowledge of the exam material.  Take a comprehensive prep course if you want to get complete coverage of the exam material.

Save time, money and effort: 

With the COT® Exam Prep Course, all of the research and organization regarding study materials has been done for you. There is no need to purchase any other study materials. For a modest fee, you will be able to efficiently use your available study time.


Gain confidence with a proven study method

The success of the eyetec.net prep course design is confirmed by a study1 conducted at Purdue University. The study compared the following groups:

1. Group one read the study material several times over, similar to cramming for an exam.
2. Group two read the study material and then drew diagrams of what they had studied.
3. Group three read the study material and then immediately took a test that quizzed them on the study material.

The group three students retained about 50% more of the information when tested a week later, compared to the other groups.

Gain confidence in your ability to pass the certification exam.  The COT® Exam Prep Course includes a database of over 2500 exam practice questions.  All study material is followed up with quizzes designed to test your knowledge of the content, and to help you remember the material. 

Assessment quizzes are included.  These quizzes give you "before" and "after" snapshots of your knowledge and your progress.  Take these quizzes as many times as you like.  Random sampling of the question database provides new quiz questions each time you take an assessment quiz.

"I just wanted to thank you for the very informative study course.  I just took the written test for COT certification, and I passed it on my first try.  Without your study course, I would have had no idea what to study and would have been completely overwhelmed.  Your course provided me with so much useful information in an organized way, I truly believe it is why I passed the test.  I will definitely be purchasing the course on "How to Pass the COT Skill Exam.  Thank You!. Thank You! Thank You!"  KP

Be prepared to take the COT® certification exam by taking the simulated practice exam.  Take the practice test as many times as you like.  Each time you take the practice test it will have a new set of questions that are presented in the same content area percentages that will comprise the actual exam.
Get the inside scoop:  Included is a "what to expect on the exam" commentary compiled from debriefings of folks who have recently taken a certification exam.

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Are you ready? The course fee is $150, which includes 270 days (9 months) of access, plus up to12 hours of CE credits ($120 value). You must be logged in to purchase. If you are not logged in or registered, this link (below) will take you to the login page, and then it will bring you back to the purchase page. 

Not sure you can do this? And you don't want to "waste" $150? Then use the "no pressure" approach. Look at it this way. You are a COA® and you need CE credits. You are getting 12 CE credits with the course ($120), which means the prep course really only costs you $30. You can take the prep course and perhaps decide that you are really not ready to take the exam. Then just wait a year or two and take the prep course again when you have more confidence. Remember, you are getting another 12 CE credits, so you are really only paying a total of $60 above the cost of the CE credits, which is money well spent.

Purchase COT Exam Prep Course  <--  click here  (register/login here)


Does the prep course have actual exam questions?  No.  JCAHPO® does not release exam questions.  The prep course questions are designed to reinforce the information in the reading material and to help you remember important concepts that may be tested on the exam.

Can more than one person use the prep course at the same time?  No.  The course is designed to be interactive with one user.  Multiple users on one login may crash the quizzes.  Abuse of the login can result in blocked access with no refund of the course fee.

How long will it take to complete the prep course?  It is estimated that an experienced assistant can complete all aspects of the course in about 60 hours.  This will vary depending upon the user's knowledge of the course material.

Is there a time limit on access to the prep course?  Yes.  The course fee includes access to the course for 270 days (9 months).  The time frame begins with the payment of the course fee, so don't sign up until you are ready to begin studying.

Does the COT® Exam Prep Course come in book format or on CD?  No.  The interactive nature of the course requires internet access.  


  Recent comments from COT prep course users:

"I used your COT exam prep package for the written and passed first try! It worked great!"RL

"Thank you for the training you have developed. I am learning so much. It is actually fun to read the modules and I know I have improved on the job just from reading this material. Thank you!"CM

"The COT prep course was hugely instrumental in helping me pass first time.. a hugh THank you for that. I couldn't have done it without you. Hopefully in the near future I will take my COMT test with the help of your courses... Happy New Year Gary and keep up the great work!" SG

"Just wanted to thank you for offering your COT prep course. I work in a small remotely located office so we have limited equipment and your course assisted me in understanding procedures I have no hands on experience using. I passed my exam this weekend and look forward to using your technician skills prep course soon! Thank you!" JD

"Your course is great and I am glad I found you! There are several employees in my office who have not had success passing their COA written exam and I will definitely be encouraging them to use your course as a study tool. Thanks again!" AD

"I passed my COT written part from first try. Your course was a big help for me." SA

"I passed my COT exam yesterday! Your course really helped. The only real trouble I had with it was how some of the questions were worded, but the content was pretty much everything you covered. Thanks!" JL

"You probably get this a lot but I just had to say that your prep-course is outstanding!!! I just passed the written portion of the COT after being afraid to take it for years. I'm looking forward to saying the same thing about the practical portion of the test in a few months. I'm so glad I came across it!!!! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!!!" TK

"Gary, you are the man. Awesome COT pre course, I passed the written and skills portion of the exam. Please keep the site going. I have recommended your prep course to all of my clinical staff. Again, thanks!!!!!!!!" KJ

"I passed the test portion of the COT! I could not have done it without the program. It explained everything so much better than any of the books. Thank you again for the extension too! Wonderful program!" KM

"Thanks for your excellent COT prep course, I have passed the written exam!" AR

"PASSED!!!!!!!!!!!!! COT written exam yesterday. I'm recommending your prep course to every tech I know. This course was very helpful." JK

"I have taken the written COT exam and passed! Thank you for this course. It really helped alot." AD

"Hello! I have passed the examination portion of the COT, thank you!" PJ

"I just wanted to let you know I passed my test! The website was the best studying tool I could have used. It really worked well with my learning style, plus it was a great refresher for me!!!" AB

"Just wanted to let you know I successfully passed my COT exam yesterday! The modules in this course were very helpful." AT

1. Retrieval Practice Produces More Learning than Elaborative Studying with Concept Mapping
Jeffrey D. Karpicke, Janell R. Blunt, Science 11 Feb 2011: Vol. 331, Issue 6018, pp. 772-775 DOI: 10.1126/science.1199327