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CCOA Renewal Timelines - Late Renewals

When CCOAs log in to their personal accounts, the next renewal date will be easily visible.

CCOA certification renewal is optional. If you choose not to re-certify, you always retain the value of having completed the CCOA program, however you will no longer be authorized to use the CCOA designation with your name, and your certification will no longer be recognized. Instead, you may change your title to CAO Trained Optometric Assistant.

It is the responsibility of each CCOA to maintain their personal online account with current contact information.

Renewal Schedule:

Certificate Earned/Renewed Earn CEs Expiry Date
2012 01-Jan-13 to 31-Dec-15 31-Dec-15
2013 01-Jan-14 to 31-Dec-16 31-Dec-16
2014 01-Jan-15 to 31-Dec-17 31-Dec-17
2015 01-Jan-16 to 31-Dec-18 31-Dec-18

 * New grads may earn CEs as of August 1 of their year of graduation. For example, if a CCOA completed the course in July 2012, CE hours may begin to be earned as of August 1, 2012.  CE credits earned before August 1 of the graduation year do not qualify.

Late Renewal process:

Renewals received after December 31 will be assessed a late fee (plus tax). If the required CE credits and CPR documentation are not received by the following December 31 of the following year, certification is automatically suspended.  If CE credits and/or CPR documentation are submitted within the year following the expiry date, the new renewal period still begins as of January 1. (For example, if you were due to renew by December 31, 2016, and you didn’t send in all of your CEs until November 2017, your new renewal period still begins on January 1, 2017 and ends on December 31, 2019.)

If your certification is suspended, you may reinstate it any time within three years of your renewal date by re-writing the final exam, achieving a passing score, and submitting a late renewal fee (contact CAO for the current rate). If more than three years have elapsed since your renewal date, you will be required to complete the entire program to obtain certification.