Board of Dispensing Opticians

Educational Programs

An applicant for licensure must either be the graduate of a two (2) year Board approved opticianry school or complete the three (3) year Tennessee Apprenticeship Training Program.

Applicants must be ABO (American Board of Opticianry) and NCLE (National Contact Lens Examiners) certified.  For more information regarding the ABO/NCLE examinations, please visit their website at In addition to the ABO/NCLE examinations, all applicants must take the practical examination.    Before applicants are eligible to sit for the practical examination, the Board of Dispensing Opticians must approve their licensure application.

National Commission of State Opticianry Regulatory Boards (NCSORB)
2025 Woodlane DR
St. Paul, MN 55125-2998
Ph: (855) 208-9349


Examination fees: $325 for initial candidates - $275 for re-take candidates

Opticianry Schools in Tennessee:

Roane State Community College
276 Patton Lane
Harriman, TN 37748

Phone: (865) 354-3000
Phone: (800) 343-9104

Tennessee Apprenticeship Training Program:
A minimum of three (3) years and a total of five thousand, two hundred and fifty (5,250) hours of full-time or part-time education and training under qualified supervision.

Opticianry Schools Outside Tennessee:

Georgia Piedmont Technical College
495 North Indian Creek Drive
Clarkston, GA 30021
Phone: (404) 297-9522

Hillsborough Community College
4001 W. Tampa Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33614-7820
Phone: (813) 253-7000

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
P.O. Box 85622
Richmond, VA 23285-5622
Phone: (804) 371-3000

Erie Community College
121 Ellicott St.
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 851-1322