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Optical Assistant Training Program

Fitting for Glasses

Discover a career that combines technology and fashion—and is in demand! Employment of opticians is expected to grow by as much as 18.2 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than average. The Optical Assistant Training program is designed to help you prepare for an entry-level position as an optical technician, optical lab technician or contact lens fitter. Jobs like these require an interesting mix of clinical skills, salesmanship, and style including knowing how to: conduct basic eye exams, fit eyeglasses and contact lenses for people with eye problems, and fill prescriptions from both ophthalmologists and optometrists.


The dynamic class curriculum can prepare you for the National Opticianry Competency Exam and Contact Lens Registry Exam administered by the American Board of Opticianry and National Contact Lens Examiners (ABO/ NCLE). Doing well on this exam can be an important step toward achieving Optometric Assistant certification.​​​​​​​

Highlights of the Program

  • Approximately 16 weeks with monthly starts
  • Class time is 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Wednesday
  • Cost: $899

Special Services

  • Résumé writing
  • Apprenticeship training through Hoya Safety Industrial Rx Program
  • National Opticianry Competency Exam Review
  • Externship with participating ophthalmic professional
  • Continuous job placement assistance

National Certification

Although not mandatory, most students follow our recommendation and take the National Opticianry Competency Exam (NOCE), offered twice a year from the American Board of Opticiancy (ABO). Passing the NOCE allows the student to become an ABO Certified Optician. Test fee: $225

Registration Process

Step 1
Call the Business Training Center Office at 925.335.5890, Ext. 3983 for information.


Step 2
Register in the Business Training Center Office (no online registration for certificate programs).