• Convenient-staff can learn from the comfort of their home or office on their time schedule
• 24/7 access via the Internet
• Gain knowledge in subject matters of choice, not what’s being offered at a conference
• Study at the ECP’s own pace
• A wide variety of topics at varying levels
• Free and low-fee options available
• Complete training programs for opticians and techs in preparation for certification
• Optical manager training is also available
• Managers can monitor test results

With a click of the mouse, ECPs can save time and money while earning education credits.

Are you thinking of including online training for the ECPs in your workplace? Here are some frequently asked questions about electronic training that will help you determine if your office could benefit from online education.

1. Is electronic training cost-effective?
In most cases, the answer is yes. There are a variety of organizations and schools offering basic and continuing education for eyecare professionals online. Some provide individual classes for a small fee while others, such as ECP University by Essilor of America, Inc., offer an annual subscription that includes a year of classes for a group of staff members. By limiting travel costs for attending live meetings, you will definitely notice cost savings.

2. Is there CE credit available for all certified ECPs?
Yes, continuing education credits are available for most certification types. offers training for both ophthalmic personnel and optometric assistants. Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) group A credits and American Optometric Association’s (AOA) Commission of Paraoptometric Certification (CPC) credits are readily accessible as well as Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) prep courses for those seeking to become certified. American Board of Opticianry (ABO) and National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE) credits are also obtainable at ECP University and many other organizations including First Vision Media Group’s, ECP Central, and Quantum Optical.

3. Can online training keep my staff engaged like live education?
With the high-quality world of Power-Point, color graphics, and simulations, it should be easy for your staff to feel engaged during the training. is so sure you will like its programs that it offers a free trial course on Ocular Anatomy. This course helps the user learn to navigate the website and see how easy it is to earn CE credit online. and other optical websites offer complimentary education with ABO credit that include easy-to-read text, charts, and colored graphics.

4. How can I be sure the electronic material was learned and understood?
Electronic classes that offer CE credits generally require a post-test with a passing grade, often requiring a score of 80% or higher. This ensures that the ECP has obtained all the right knowledge in the test area.

5. How comprehensive is electronic training?
You may be surprised to know that electronic training covers basic training through certification as well as CECs. The OpticianWorks yearly membership gives you access to a complete 19-lesson online textbook, professional illustrations, professional images, how-to videos, online review tests for every lesson, and more. It covers everything from beginning opticianry to knowledge needed to sit for the ABO exam. offers an ophthalmic assistant preparation course with a $50 guarantee. ECP University provides comprehensive training with a program for new hires (New Dispenser Quick Start) as well as a program for more advanced dispensers and opticians (Apollo).

Training is an expectation in business today. Electronic training sites can provide what you need in a convenient and cost-effective way.

Kim Pickett is a certified ophthalmic medical technologist and ophthalmic writer in Minneapolis, MN.


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