Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO)

Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT)


Credential: Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT)  In-Demand resource  GI Bill resource CA Eligible
Credentialing Agency: Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO)

Renewal Period: 3 years

Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO), Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) is an intermediate level certification designed for the Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) or program graduate who intends to advance in the eye care field. COTs perform ophthalmic clinical duties under the supervision and direction of ophthalmologists. To earn the COT certification, candidates must meet one of the education/training and/or experience requirement options and pass both a written exam and a practical exam. COT candidates are eligible to take the practical exam after successfully completing the written exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    medium

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite: JCAHPO Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) certification
  • Experience: 6000 hours
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO)

2025 Woodlane Drive
St. Paul, MN  55125-2998

Phone: (800) 284-3937

Fax: (651) 731-0410
Email: jcahpo@jcahpo.org

Pathway 1:

Candidates must have completed a Commission on Accreditation of Ophthalmic Medical Programs (COA-OAMP) or Canadian Medical Association (CMA) training program at the technician level.

Note: Candidates who have completed the program more than 12 months ago must submit 12 JCAHPO Group A credits for each year following graduation. The credits must be earned within 36 months prior to submitting an application.

Pathway 2:

Candidates must hold a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) certification, submit 12 JCAHPO Group A credits earned within 12 months prior to submitting an application, and have been employed for 2,000 hours as a COA within 24 months prior to submitting an application. 

Note: Candidates must maintain certification as a COA while pursing the COT certification.

Pathway 3:

Candidates must hold a Certified Orthoptist (CO) or OC(C) certification, submit 12 JCAHPO Group A credits earned within 12 months prior to submitting an application, and have been employed for 2,000 hours as a CO or OC(C) within 24 months prior to submitting an application.

Note: Candidates must maintain certification as an Orthoptist while pursing the COT certification.

Pathway 4:

Candidates must hold a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) certification, submit 12 JCAHPO Group A credits earned within 12 months prior to submitting an application, and have 6,000 hours of non-certified work experience with an ophthalmologist prior to becoming JCAHPO certified.

Note: Candidates must maintain certification as a COA while pursing the COT certification.

The Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) credential has the following other requirements:

  • COT candidates must include the endorsement of a sponsoring ophthalmologist with their application. The ophthalmologist may be the candidate's employer or another licensed ophthalmologist.

Written Exam

  • Assessments (45%)
    • History and Documentation
    • Visual Assessment
    • Visual Field Testing
    • Pupil Assessment
    • Tonometry
    • Keratometry
    • Ocular Motility Testing
    • Lensometry
    • Refractometry: Retinoscopy and Refinement
    • Biometry
    • Supplemental Testing
  • Assisting with Interventions and Procedures (17%)
    • Microbiology
    • Pharmacology
    • Surgical Assisting
    • Ophthalmic Patient Services and Education
  • Corrective Lenses (9%)
    • Optics and Spectacles
    • Contact Lenses
  • Imaging (15%)
    • Ophthalmic Imaging
    • Photography and Videography
  • Office Responsibilities (14%)
    • Equipment Maintenance and Calibration
    • Medical Ethics, Legal, and Regulatory Issues
    • Communication Skills
    • Administrative Duties

Skill Test

  • Lensometry
  • Visual Fields
  • Ocular Motility
  • Keratometry
  • Retinoscopy
  • Refinement
  • Tonometry

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

RECERTIFICATION

Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The COT certification is valid for three years. Certification holders must earn 27 continuing education credits, submit a recertification application, and pay a recertification fee or submit an exam application, pay an exam fee, and retake the COT written exam.

In Demand

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Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%) and is eligible for CA under the CA MOS/ASI Related Option

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Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

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Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 and Above

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

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4-10 years experience; Enlisted E6 through E7

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 and Above

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Low

May be difficult to attain: minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

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Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

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High

Highly attainable: mimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

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Updated: December 03, 2019
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