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Recent News

March 2021 Calendar

January 2021 Exam Moved to March 2021

ABO is excited to announce that the board certification exam will be administered at Scantron testing centers throughout the US beginning in 2021. 

Continuing Education

Making MOC Activities Count for All

Over 90% of Diplomates are now participating in CAP and on average, indicate they are spending 3-6 hours preparing for and taking each CAP assessment.

Michelle Wertelet

Diplomate Spotlight - Michelle Wertelet, OD

Dr. Michelle Wertelet believes that as a voluntary process, being a Diplomate offers an ideal path to continually demonstrate her dedication to maintaining a higher standard.

"Being a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry holds me accountable for lifelong learning. It give me a goal to work toward each year."

Lauren Goldsmith, OD

Diplomate, American Board of Optometry

“Obtaining board certification after residency reflected my strong commitment to stay current with the evolving profession, while reinforcing relevant clinical knowledge both in primary care and specialty areas of optometry.”

Tara Vacharkulksemsuk, OD

Diplomate, American Board of Optometry

Upcoming Events

Stay in the know about exams, training, and more.

Feb 17, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Webinar: Interpreting OCT Retina

Presented by Sowmya Srinivas, OD, MS, FAAO. Dr. Srinivas is employed by Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and is an Instructor…

Mar 1, 2021 - Mar 31, 2021

Board Certification Exam

The board certification exam will be held at Scantron testing centers throughout the US. Registration opens in early December and…


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Why should I become Board Certified?

By going through the voluntary process of becoming Board Certified, our Diplomates demonstrate competence beyond entry level.

How do I get started becoming an American Board of Optometry Diplomate?

Applying to become an Active Candidate is the first step. Click the start certification button below, and complete all four pages of the application. This will initiate the verification process.

What should I know about the exam process?

Looking for cost information, dates, registered testing centers, or questions about the exam in general? Start here.