Diplomate Information

Period of Certification
American Board of Optometry (ABO) Board Certification is granted for a period not to exceed 10 years. In order for Board Certification to be considered current, the Diplomate will be automatically enrolled in ABO Maintenance of Certification. Renewal of board certification requires completion of all 3 three-year stages of maintenance of certification followed by re-examination in Year 10.

Each certificate issued by the Board of Directors of the American Board of Optometry shall be subject to revocation in any of the following circumstances:

  • The issuance of such certificate or its receipt by the person so certified shall have been contrary to, or in violation of, any provision of the Articles of Incorporation of the American Board of Optometry or of the Bylaws of the ABO.
  • The person so certified shall not have been eligible to receive such certificate, irrespective of whether or not the facts constituting such ineligibility were known to, or could have been ascertained by, the Directors of the Corporation or its representatives.
  • The person so certified shall have made a material misstatement of fact in the application for such certificate or in any other statement or representation to the Corporation or its representatives.
  • The person so certified shall at any time have neglected to maintain the requirements established by the Board.
  • The person so certified has fraudulently altered, copied, or changed a certificate of the American Board of Optometry, or has fraudulently presented, or allowed to be presented on behalf of the individual, an altered, copied, or changed certificate of the Board.

In such cases, the Board reserves the right to revoke, suspend, and/or prohibit participation in ABO Maintenance of Certification and subsequent certification of the offending party for a period not to exceed one year from the date of discovery of the offense. In addition to the one-year waiting period to retake the examination, the Active Candidate must also write a letter of apology to the board of directors. In the event the individual appeals or otherwise challenges the suspension, the one period shall be tolled until the action of the Board is determined to be final and enforceable.

Maintenance of Certification
ABO Board Certification must be kept current through enrollment in the 10-year American Board of Optometry Maintenance of Certification process. This includes continuing education requirements and an annual fee. The fee for 2018 is $225.

The Board of Directors of the American Board of Optometry shall have sole power and authority to determine whether or not the performance on the examination qualifies a candidate for a certificate and that their decision is final. Further, the ABO Board of Directors has sole power and authority to determine whether or not any evidence or information before it is sufficient to constitute grounds for revocation of any certificate issued by this organization.

The Board of Directors may, however, at its discretion, require any person so certified to appear before the Board of Directors, upon not less than thirty (30) days written notice by registered mail, and to show cause, at the time and place specified in such notice, why the certificate should not be revoked.

The failure of any person so notified to appear as required in such notice shall, at the discretion of the Board of Directors, constitute cause for revocation of the certificate. The decision of the Board of Directors in all such matters shall be final. The candidate may request reconsideration of the action by the ABO.

It is understood that the decision as to whether a candidate’s board certification examination qualifies him or her for a certificate rests solely and exclusively with the American Board of Optometry and that its decision is final.