ICA Accreditation


ICA released the finalized Standards and Criteria for Accreditation on May 22, 2019. The new Standards and previous Standards are available for your review:

Notice of New Standards
New Standards
Previous Standards

Why Seek Accreditation?

ICA accreditation can have immediate and long-term benefits to help propel your education in the direction of progress. Accreditation through ICA:

  • Helps identify areas for improvement.
  • Aids student recruitment and retention.
  • Is required for students to become eligible for IJCAHPO certification.
  • Accredited programs are more competitive for institutional resources.
  • Status enhances the ability to recruit well-qualified students and top faculty.
  • Helps harmonize training of ophthalmic medical technicians and moves closer to global standards and requirements for all ophthalmic educational programs.

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Survey/Certification Examination Updates

As medical technology and Allied Ophthalmic Personnel (AOP) duties change, IJCAHPO® strives to improve and maintain relevance of our educational offerings and certification examinations for current and future certificants.

The IJCAHPO examination application is available online. For more information, please go to https://www.jcahpo.org/certification

The IJCAHPO recertification application is available online. For more information, please go to https://www.jcahpo.org/recertification

Updated COA, COT, and COMT Study Guides are available in the EyeCareMarketplace at https://store.jcahpo.org. Just click on Exam Study Materials under Product Categories.

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Accreditation Materials

Review the Standards and Guidelines and the PAR Template.