Agencies | Governor
Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Agency
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
Board
Board for Hearing Aid Specialists and Opticians
chapter
Opticians Regulations [18 VAC 80 ‑ 30]
Action Reduce length of optician apprenticeship
Stage Fast-Track
Comment Period Ends 3/6/2019
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2/10/19  3:47 pm
Commenter: Judith Canty, Luzerne Optical Labs

Change in Apprenticeship Requirements
 

The reduction of the length of apprenticeship for Opticians in Virginia is a positive move that will help expand the opportunities for individuals desiring to make Opticianry their profession and career. There is a shortage of Licensed Opticians in Virginia, placing our citizens at risk for poorly crafted and fitted eyewear and the resulting poor outcomes.

Additionally, requiring the didactic portion of the education and training to be approved by the Board ensures that every apprentice is equally prepared for the licensing exam.

I am very excited that this has come about.