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How do I become a Licensed Optician in Virginia?

In Virginia, the Board for Hearing Aid Specialists and Opticians issues licenses to opticians. The Board is part of the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR)

To become licensed as an optician in Virginia, an applicant must:

  • Be at least eighteen years old
  • Have a high school diploma (GED or equivalent)
  • Be of good character as established by the Board
  • Have satisfactorily completed a two year course from an approved school of opticianry, (or have completed a three year apprenticeship in accordance with the standards established by the Division of Apprenticeship Training of the State Department of Labor and Industry and approved by the Virginia State Board of Opticians)
  • Pass an examination
  • If an applicant has been previously licensed elsewhere he/she must be in good standing as a licensed optician in those jurisdictions, and meet the Board’s requirements.
  • Individuals licensed out state may be eligible for license by endorsement upon approval by the Board. There is an examination fee required
  • Licensure is renewable biennially
  • Continuing Education is not required to retain licensure

Click here to read the regulations and find out more from the Board for Opticians, including:

  • Examination Schedule
  • Content of Optician examination
  • Licensing of out-of-state opticians
  • Getting endorsed to fit contact lenses


Out-of-state opticians

Licenses will be issued to out-of-state opticians if they have met the conditions listed above and if they have passed an exam substantially equivalent to Virginia’s.  Only the Board can make the determination.  Contact them for more info and to get an application form.

Accredited Opticianry School

Reynolds Community College
Downtown Campus
Opticianry Program
700 E Jackson St. Room 512  Richmond, Va 23219

Leah Exline, Program Director