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Students and Apprentices

Students of Opticianry represent the future of our profession. The OAV nurtures students and apprentices throughout their studies. We invite students and apprentices to become Associate Members of the association, and to attend classes at our conventions for no charge.

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How to become a Licensed Optician

To become an optician, one must obtain a license from the Virginia Board for Hearing Aid Specialists and Opticians after either a three-year apprenticeship through the Virginia Department of Labor (DOLI) or obtaining an Associate Degree at an approved college.

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Membership is for a year, and renews based on your join date.