Welcome to the NFOS

Welcome to the National Federation of Opticianry Schools web site. The National Federation of Opticianry Schools (NFOS) is the national organization dedicated to the promotion of formal opticianry education offered by accredited educational institutions. Formal education is fundamental to the credibility of the Optician as a vision care professional.

The NFOS is a nonprofit organization whose members represent formal Opticianry education in the United States and Canada. One of cornerstone ideals of the NFOS is the sharing of knowledge, to that end we have developed this website for the dissemination of information for the optical community.

ABO/NCLE Testing Four Times a Year

The American Board of Opticianry & National Contact Lens Examiner's vision, from the beginning of computer-delivered
administration of the exams, has always been to offer the exams more frequently than twice per year. As ABO & NCLE works toward
continuous testing, ABO & NCLE is very excited to advise each of your Licensing Boards that it is now able to offer the National
Opticianry Competency and the Contact Lens Registry Exams four times per year, commencing with the August 16 through August
30, 2014 time period.
As of June 15, 2014, registration will be completely on-line, and will be open throughout the year, with an applicant being able to
select from the next two exam administrations. When a registration window closes for a particular examination, the candidate will
then be able to select from the next two exam administrations. The cost of each exam is still $225 per exam. Late registration is
also available for each exam administration, at an additional $75 fee.
The ABO & NCLE did determine, however, that if a candidate fails an examination, he or she is precluded from registering for the
next regularly-scheduled exam administration (e.g., May examinees cannot retake the exam until the following November
administration, etc.) before he or she is eligible to retake the exam. With that in mind, PLEASE TELL YOUR STUDENTS THAT THEY
CAN NOT TAKE THE AUGUST EXAM IF THEY FAILED THE MAY 2014 EXAM(S).
For purposes of announcing to your students, and posting in the appropriate locations, here is the exam schedule for 2014 & 2015:
2014 Exam Dates and Deadlines
August 16-30 Exams; Regular registration ends on July 12, 2014; Late registration ends on July 19, 2014
November 8-22 Exams; Regular registration ends on October 4, 2014, late registration ends on October 11, 2014
2015 Exam Dates and Deadlines
February 14-28, 2015 Exam; Regular registration ends on January 10, 2015; Late registration ends on January 17, 2015
May 9-23, 2015 Exam; Regular registration ends on April 4, 2015; Late registration ends on April 11, 2015
August 15-29, 2015 Exam; Regular registration ends on July 11, 2015; Late registration ends on July 18, 2015
November 7-21, 2015 Exam; Regular registration ends on October 3, 2015; Late registration ends on October 10, 2015
Information about the exam administration at the National Optician's Conference, 2014 OptiCon, in September, 2014, will be available soon.
 

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