Interested in becoming ABO certified? Qualifications will change at the end of the month.
The American Board of Optometry (ABO) reminds optometrists that as of April 30, qualifying for the ABO exam under the rules of the 3-year phase-in period expires.
ODs can still become board certified after the phase-in period ends. However, effective May 1, Experience in Active Clinical Practice and Fellowship in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development will no longer be accepted as part of the qualification. Requirements for Category 1 and 2 Education will remain unchanged.
To qualify under the rules of the phase-in period, candidates must complete the following:
• Apply to become an active candidate no later than April 30.
• Submit their post-graduate requirements for verification by the ABO no later than June 30.
• Take the ABO Board Certification Examination no later than January 2014, date of the last exam using phase-in rules.