Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
Board for Hearing Aid Specialists and Opticians
Opticians Regulations [18 VAC 80 ‑ 30]
Reduce length of optician apprenticeship
Action 5107
General Information
Action Summary The Board proposes to reduce the current optician apprenticeship from a three-year (6000-hour) program to a two-year (4000-hour) program. The recommendation reflects current training and job requirements, industry practices, and minimum competencies to protect the public’s health, safety, and welfare.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [005619]
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
8362 Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 04/01/2019.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Kelley Smith  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 400
Richmond, VA 23233
Email Address:
Phone: (804)367-8590    FAX: (866)245-9693    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this board.