Optician Exam Prep

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Optician School Online

If you’re interested in starting an in-demand career in healthcare, our online Optician Training can help prepare you to sit for the ABO/NCLE certification exams. You’ll develop industry knowledge and gain hands-on training through live-action videos, interactive practice exercises, and video demonstrations.

  • Study and prepare to sit for multiple industry certifications, including the National Opticianry Competency Examination (NOCE).
  • Learn how to fit and dispense glasses, fit contact lenses, and follow prescriptions written by optometrists and ophthalmologists.
  • Penn Foster is a trusted partner in optician training for businesses such as Walmart and Sam’s Club.
Self Paced

Save up to $300 Ends 11/29/2021

Cost of Program


$1,749 Save $300


$55/month, Start for as low as $1

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What You Will Learn

  1. How to be an effective optician through the study of fundamental topics such as optical terminology and anatomy.
  2. How to read and interpret written prescriptions for corrective lenses.
  3. How to prepare for the National Opticianry Competency Examination (NOCE) or the Contact Lens Registry Examination (CLRE).
  4. How to apply your knowledge through interactive practice exercises and video demonstrations.
Full Program Goal & Outcomes

Optician Career Outcomes








Our online Optician Training is designed with job-readiness in mind. You'll develop the skills successful opticians have, which can help prepare you for a job in retail or clinical optical settings.

State Licensing Requirements

The Penn Foster Optician Certification Preparation program helps to prepare graduates to sit for the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) certification exam and the National Opticianry Certification Exam (NOCE), which are requirements to work as an optician in many states. Requirements to work as an Optician vary from state to state. Some states require ABO and/or NOCE certification, while other states have additional requirements beyond certification. Prospective students should view the State Licensing page to research their state requirements prior to pursuing a career as an optician.

Optician Student Success Stories

Penn Foster’s Optician Training Program can help prepare you for the first step in your healthcare career. This program has helped recent graduates find new jobs or start their own businesses while learning at their own pace. Learn more about Penn Foster graduates' experiences and how Penn Foster worked for them.
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Adriana G.

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"I feel with Penn Foster you can accomplish anything you want to. With their career programs or high school program, they will lead you on the path to success for your future careers."

Optician Training Curriculum

  • 7 courses
  • 30.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 18 exams

In our online Optician Training courses, you’ll develop the foundational knowledge and hands-on skills to work as an optician in an optometrist office, retail optical business, or eye clinic. You’ll cover fundamental topics to help you assist patients in selecting and fitting eye wear, and eye care in general. You’ll also prepare to sit for industry certification exams. Your courses include:

  • Ophthalmic Dispensing
  • Contact Lens Dispensing
  • Professional Practice and Certification Review

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Optician Training Tuition

Take the next steps toward a career as an optician with our affordable, accredited, online Optician Training Program. With customized payment plan options, you can choose the one that works for your budget.

Option 1: Pay in full

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  • No monthly payments
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Option 2: Monthly Auto Pay Plan

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  • Start for $1 down
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Option 3: Monthly Mail Pay Plan

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  • Pay $55 per month
  • Start for $39 down
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Our Proven Healthcare Learning Model

Empowering students to reach their professional goals


  • Start anytime
  • No exam due dates
  • Self-paced 


  • Digital study guides 
  • Self-check quizzes 
  • Simulations and videos 


  • 24/7 access to online resources
  • Online student community 
  • Student Portal Help Center


  • Expert faculty 
  • Dedicated student services
  • Robust learning resources 

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Optician Training FAQs

How much do opticians make?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national average salary for entry-level opticians is $38,530, or $18.53 per hour.* Pay for opticians can vary based on experience and where you work.

Can you learn to be an optician online?

Yes! Through Penn Foster’s flexible, online Optician Program you can develop the foundational knowledge and skills to become an optician while preparing for industry certification exams.

Do opticians need a degree?

Not necessarily. Most opticians have at least a high school diploma and some post-secondary education, usually a career training program, that prepares them for work in the field. Most Students will choose to continue their education and sit for various certification exams administered by the American Board of Opticianry.

What skills do opticians need?

Successful opticians have a few similar qualities including written and verbal communication skills, customer service skills, and dexterity, or the ability to handle and work with small items.

How does Penn Foster help prepare me for optician industry certifications?

Penn Foster’s Optician Exam Prep program includes courses that are mapped specifically to the National Opticianry Competency Examination (NOCE) and Contact Lens Registry Examination (CLRE). Your tuition also includes a voucher to cover the cost of sitting for the NOCE certification offered by the American Board of Opticianry (ABO).



The completion of a certificate-level program does not typically qualify a student for employment. Completion of this program may assist students who have previous academic or work-related experience improve their chances for promotion or entry-level employment.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. "Opticians." Occupational Outlook Handbook. Accessed September 2, 2021.

Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.