Exam Schedule

The CPC determines the schedule for the 2019 examinations. The CPOTM, CPOATM, CPOTTM, and CPOC examinations are administered during an established two-week testing period four times yearly, Monday through Saturday excluding holidays, at computer-based testing facilities managed by PSI.

2019 Examination Dates

All applications are due by 9pm Eastern Time of the application or late application deadline date.

Testing Dates

Application Deadline

($50 late fee will be incurred for applications submitted after this date)

Late Application
(Applications will not be accepted after this date)
February 9 - 23   Friday, December 28, 2018 Friday, January 11, 2019
May 4 - 18  Thursday, March 21, 2019 Thursday, April 4, 2019
August 10 -24 Wednesday, June 26, 2019 Wednesday, July 10, 2019
November 2 -16*    Wednesday, September 18, 2019 Wednesday, October 2, 2019

*Note:  Certification must be current at the time of testing.  Paraoptometrics whose renewal is due in 2019 and who wish to test in November for the next higher level of certification, must submit their renewal to the CPC office in St. Louis, MO for processing no later than Sep. 1, 2019 so that eligibility can be verified by the October 2 application deadline. CPO and CPOA certifications must be current at the time of testing when attempting the next higher level examination. (Certifications expire on October 31 and therefore must be renewed prior to the November application deadline.)


  • Candidates will be held accountable for knowing the policies and procedures set forth in the handbook.
  • Candidates should keep in mind that the commitment to certification does not end with passing the examination.  Once a certification is attained participation in continuing education and submission of a renewal fee is required in order to maintain a current certification.


  • Select the sponsor of the examination you are taking from the list (Commission on Paraoptometric Certification/CPC)
  • Select your state to view testing centers matching your specified criteria

To find a test site, click here.


Within 6 weeks prior to the first day of the testing period, Professional Testing Corporation will email a Scheduling Authorization to registered candidates. Scheduling Authorizations are emailed from "Test Administration (PTC) notices@ptcny.com." The Scheduling Authorization includes instructions on how to schedule your examination appointment as well as the dates during which testing is available. Appointment times are first-come, first-served, so schedule your appointment as soon as you receive your Scheduling Authorization to maximize your chance of testing at your preferred location and on your preferred date.

Any candidate not receiving a Scheduling Authorization at least three (3) weeks before the beginning of the testing period should contact Professional Testing Corporation at 212.356.0660 for a duplicate.

During the course of the online application, candidates can also expect to receive notices from the automated processing system from support@ptcny.com or eforms@ptcny.com. Applicants should add the "ptcny.com" domain name to their safe list. Subject lines for eligibility notices are displayed in this format: "Exam Abbeviation - [PTC ID] - Scheduling Authorization Notice" for example: "CPC-CPO - [P21855134] - Examination Scheduling Authorization."

Your current (unexpired) driver's license, passport, U.S. military ID, or other government-issued ID must be presented to gain admission to the testing center. We suggest that you bring a printed copy of your Scheduling Authroization as well as your PSI appointment confirmation to your appointment.  Temporary IDs will not be accepted.

Clinical exam candidates cannot schedule their examination appointments on their own. A representative from PSI will contact CPOT Clinical Exam candidates directly for scheduling 3-5 days after receipt of his or her Scheduling Authorization. If you do not receive a call from PSI to schedule your appointment within that timeframe contact Professional Testing Corporation immediately by calling 212.356.0660.

Arrival at the testing site at the appointed time is the responsibility of the candidate. Please plan for weather, traffic, parking, and any security requirements that are specific to the testing location. Late arrival may prevent you from testing.


The Commission on Paraoptometric Certification and Professional Testing Corporation support the intent of and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Both organizations will take steps reasonably necessary to make certification accessible to persons with disabilities covered under the ADA.  Appropriate and effective modification and/or auxiliary aids will be provided to persons with such disabilities unless doing so would impose an undue burden on the Commission's programs or fundamentally alter the measurement of skills or knowledge that the programs are intended to test. 

Special testing arrangements may be made upon receipt of the application, examination fee, and a completed and signed Request for Special Needs Accommodations Form, available from www.ptcny.com or by calling PTC at 212.356.0660.  This form must be uploaded with the online application at least eight weeks before the testing period begins.  Please use this form if you need to bring a service dog, medication, food or beverages needed for a medical condition with you to the testing center.

Information supplied on the Request for Special Accommodations Form will only be used to determine the need for special accommodations and will be kept confidential.


If you need to cancel your examination appointment or reschedule to a different date within the two-week testing period, you must contact PSI at 800.733.9267 no later than noon, Eastern Standard Time, of the second business day PRIOR to your scheduled appointment. If you decide to reschedule to the next testing period and have already attained an appointment, you must contact PSI to cancel your appointment, then notify CPC of your intent to reschedule.

Transferring your application to the next examination period will require submission of a new application plus the $200 reschedule fee by the application deadline of the immediate next testing period. Only one deferment will be allowed. Candidates who fail to appear for testing or to transfer their application to the next testing period by the application deadline will forfeit all fees and the application will be closed.