The American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators developed a certification program specific to Ophthalmic Administrators in 1997. The NBCOE is the governing body for this program and is responsible for setting policy, developing procedures, and suggesting guidelines for the certification program.
To become a COE, applicants must meet eligibility criteria and then pass a certifying examination. Certification is valid for a period of three years, at which time the individual must recertify as a COE. To learn more about the COE program visit the ASOA website at www.asoa.org.
Continuing Proficiency Requirements
At the conclusion of each three-year cycle, COEs must be able to provide proof of at least 50 contact clock hours of continuing education acceptable to the NBCOE at its sole discretion. If COEs do not have the required continuing education hours, they may retake and pass the COE examination within 12 months of their certification expiration. Written proof of continuing education is required upon request by the NBCOE.
The recertification process requires that all certificants submit a signed list of their completed continuing education activities. NBCOE reserves the right to conduct random audits of COE certificants. Audited COEs will be required to submit copies of documentation verifying their required continuing educational activities.
Those who fail to recertify during the regular cycle are given up to three additional years to recertify using alternative criteria. This requires documentation of 68 hours of qualifying continuing education (50 + 18) for the first year; 84 hours during the second year (50 + 34) and 100 hours for the third year. There is an additional fee for recertifying outside of the regular cycle.
An individual who fails to recertify during the regular cycle may no longer use the COE credential. The credential may be reinstated after NBCOE receives all required documentation and fees or by the candidate successfully retaking the COE examination.