Chapter 4726-5 Application for Licensure

4726-5-01 Application for initial licensure as a dispensing optician.

(A) All applications for initial licensure as a dispensing optician shall be submitted to the board in a form designated by the board.

(B) Applications shall be:

(1) Accompanied by the non-refundable fee in a form established by the board and as prescribed in division (B) of section 4725.48 of the Revised Code; and,

(2) Accompanied by such evidence, statements, or documents as specified on the application form.

(C) An applicant for initial licensure as a dispensing optician shall:

(1) Be at least eighteen years of age;

(2) Be of good moral character;

(3) Be a graduate of a secondary school recognized by the state department of education in this state, or similar educational agency in another state or has attained an educational equivalent such as proof of having successfully passed the general educational development (GED) examination or a GED certificate of high school equivalency diploma.

(4) Has successfully completed either of the following:

(a) A two-year college level program in optical dispensing approved by the board that includes, but is not limited to, courses of study in:

(i) Mathematics;

(ii) Science;

(iii) English;

(iv) Anatomy and physiology of the eye;

(v) Applied optics;

(vi) Ophthalmic optics;

(vii) Measurement and inspection of lenses, lens grinding and edging;

(viii) Ophthalmic lens design;

(ix) Keratometry; and,

(x) Fitting and adjusting of spectacle lenses, frames and contact lenses, including methods of fitting contact lenses and post-fitting care; or,

(b) Two years of supervised experience of at least one thousand hours per year in optical dispensing as a registered apprentice under the direct supervision of the licensed optician registered with the board as the direct supervisor; or,

(c) Two years of supervised experience as an employee and under the direct supervision of an optometrist or physician engaged in the practice of ophthalmology.

Not more than one year of such experience may be continuous, supervised optical laboratory experience of not less than thirty hours per week.

(5) The applicant has successfully completed the state board national qualifying examination for either the spectacle dispensing license, the contact lens dispensing license or a combination of both examinations for a spectacle-contact lens dispensing license. Said application for licensure shall be made within thirty-six months from the date of the examination that the applicant successfully completed for the license sought.

(D) In addition to the requirements of this rule, all applicants for licensure as a dispensing optician shall submit to criminal records check completed by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation in accordance with section 4725.501 of the Revised Code. The results of the criminal records check shall be received by the board prior to the issuance of a license to practice as a dispensing optician. In accordance with this rule, the applicant requesting the criminal records check shall:

(1) Provide the bureau of criminal identification and investigation with the applicant's name and address and with the name and address for the Ohio optical dispensers board; and,

(2) Ask the superintendant of the bureau of criminal identification and investigation to obtain from the federal bureau of investigation any information it has pertaining to the applicant.

(E) If an application for licensure submitted to the board remains incomplete for one year, the application shall be considered void. All applications provided or prescribed by the board shall state this limitation.

(F) The board will only accept the results of a criminal records check that is submitted to the board directly by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation.

(G) The appropriate license and wall certificate shall be issued by the board no later than sixty days after approval by the board.

Replaces: 4726-5-01, 4726-9-01, 4726-9-03

Effective: 01/15/2012
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/15/2017
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4725.44
Rule Amplifies: 4725.48
Prior Effective Dates: 11/27/79, 8/4/94 (Emer), 3/18/95, 1/23/06

4726-5-02 Application for initial licensure as an ocularist.

(A) Initial applications for licensure as an ocularist shall be submitted to the board in a form designated by the board.

(B) Applications shall be:

(1) Accompanied by the non-refundable fee in a form established by the board and as prescribed in division (B) of section 4725.48 of the Revised Code; and,

(2) Accompanied by such evidence, statements, or documents as specified on the application form.

(C) An applicant for initial licensure as an ocularist shall:

(1) Be at least eighteen years of age;

(2) Be of good moral character;

(3) Be a graduate of a secondary school recognized by the state department of education in this state, or similar educational agency in another state or has attained an education equivalent such as proof of having successfully passed the general educational development (GED) examination or a GED certificate of high school equivalency diploma.

(D) An applicant for initial licensure as an ocularist shall have successfully completed;

(1) A five-year apprenticeship under the direct supervision of a licensed ocularist as registered with the board or under the employment and direct supervision of an optometrist or physician engaged in the practice of ocularistry;

(2) The state board qualification exam; or,

(3) The credentialing exam of the national examining board of ocularists or any other credentialing or certification exam offered by a board approved nationally recognized certifying body. Said application for licensure shall be made within seventy-two months from the date of the examination that the applicant successfully completed.

(E) In addition to the requirements of this rule, all applicants for licensure as an ocularist shall submit to criminal records check completed by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation in accordance with section 4725.501 of the Revised Code. The results of the criminal records check shall be received by the board prior to the issuance of a license to practice as an ocularist. In accordance with this rule, the applicant requesting the criminal records check shall:

(1) Provide the bureau of criminal identification and investigation with the applicant's name and address and with the name and address for the Ohio optical dispensers board; and,

(2) Ask the superintendent of the bureau of criminal identification and investigation to obtain from the federal bureau of investigation any information it has pertaining to the applicant.

(F) The Ohio optical dispensers board will only accept the results of a criminal records check that is submitted to the board directly by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation.

(G) If an application for licensure submitted to the board remains incomplete for one year, the application shall be considered void. All applications provided or prescribed by the board shall state this limitation.

(H) The appropriate license and wall certificate shall be issued by the board no later than sixty days after approval by the board.

Replaces: 4726-5-01, 4726-9-01, 4726-9-03

Effective: 01/15/2012
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/15/2017
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4725.44
Rule Amplifies: 4725.48 , 4776.01 , 4766.02
Prior Effective Dates: 11/29/79, 8/4/94 (Emer), 3/18/95, 1/23/06

4726-5-03 Application for licensure by reciprocity/endorsement as a dispensing optician.

(A) All applications for initial licensure as a dispensing optician in Ohio by reciprocity/endorsement shall be submitted to the board in a form designated by the board.

(B) Applications shall be:

(1) Accompanied by the fee in a form established by the board and as prescribed in division (B) of section of the Revised Code; and,

(2) Accompanied by such evidence, statement, or documents as specified on the application form, including but not limited to:

(a) Verification of licensure in good standing received directly from the state of the current licensure or registration at the time of application; and,

(b) Shall submit to criminal records check completed by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation in accordance with section 4725.501 of the Revised Code. The results of the criminal records check shall be received by the board prior to the issuance of a license to practice as a dispensing optician. In accordance with this rule, the applicant requesting the criminal records check shall:

(i) Provide the bureau of criminal identification and investigation with the applicant's name and address and with the name and address for the Ohio optical dispensers board; and,

(ii) Ask the superintendent of the bureau of criminal identification and investigation to obtain from the federal bureau of investigation any information it has pertaining to the applicant.

(3) The board will only accept the results of a criminal records check that is submitted to the board directly by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation.

(C) An applicant for initial licensure by endorsement or reciprocity as a dispensing optician shall:

(1) Be at least eighteen years of age;

(2) Be of good moral character;

(3) Be a graduate of a secondary school recognized by the state department of education in this state, or similar educational agency in another state or has attained an educational equivalent such as proof of having successfully passed the general educational development (GED) examination or a GED certificate of high school equivalency diploma.

(4) Have successfully completed either of the following:

(a) A two-year college level program in optical dispensing approved by the board that includes, but is not limited to, courses of study in:

(i) Mathematics;

(ii) Science;

(iii) English;

(iv) Anatomy and physiology of the eye;

(v) Applied optics;

(vi) Measurement and inspection of lenses, lens grinding and edging;

(vii) Ophthalmic optics;

(viii) Ophthalmic lens design;

(ix) Keratometry; and,

(x) Fitting and adjusting of spectacle lenses, frames and contact lenses, including methods of fitting lenses and post-fitting care; or,

(b) Two years of supervised experience of at least one thousand hours per year in optical dispensing as a registered apprentice under the direct supervision of a licensed optician; or,

(c) Two years of supervised experience as an employee and under the direct supervision of an optometrist or physician engaged in the practice of ophthalmology.

Not more than one year of such experience may be continuous, supervised optical laboratory experience of not less than thirty hours per week.

(5) The applicant has successfully completed the state board national qualifying examination for either the spectacle dispensing license, the contact lens dispensing license or combination of both examinations for a spectacle-contact lens dispensing license.

(D) If an application for licensure by endorsement or reciprocity submitted to the board remains incomplete for one year, the application shall be considered void. All applications provided or prescribed by the board shall state this limitation.

(E) The appropriate license and wall certificate shall be issued by the board no later that sixty days after approval by the board.

Effective: 01/15/2012
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/15/2017
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4725.44
Rule Amplifies: 4725.57

4726-5-04 Application for licensure by reciprocity/endorsement as an ocularist.

(A) All applications for initial licensure as an ocularist in Ohio by reciprocity/endorsement shall be submitted to the board in a form designated by the board.

(B) Applications shall be:

(1) Accompanied by the non-refundable fee in a form established by the board and as prescribed in division (B) of section 4725.48 of the Revised Code; and,

(2) Accompanied by such evidence, statement, or documents as specified on the application form, including but not limited to:

(a) Verification of licensure or registration in good standing received directly from the state of the current licensure or registration at the time of application; and,

(b) Shall submit to criminal records check completed by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation in accordance with section 4725.501 of the Revised Code. The results of the criminal records check shall be received by the board prior to the issuance of a license to practice as an ocularist. In accordance with this rule, the applicant requesting the criminal records check shall:

(i) Provide the bureau of criminal identification and investigation with the applicant's name and address and with the name and address for the Ohio optical dispensers board; and,

(ii) Ask the superintendent of the bureau of criminal identification and investigation to obtain from the federal bureau of investigation any information it has pertaining to the applicant.

(3) The board will only accept the results of a criminal records check that is submitted to the board directly by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation.

(C) An applicant for initial licensure by endorsement or reciprocity as an ocularist shall:

(1) Be at least eighteen years of age;

(2) Be of good moral character;

(3) Be a graduate of a secondary school recognized by the state department of education in this state, or similar education agency in another state or has attained an educational equivalent such as proof of having successfully passed the general educational development (GED) examination or a GED certificate of high school equivalency diploma.

(4) Have successfully completed:

(a) A five-year apprenticeship under the direct supervision of a licensed ocularist and registered with the board or under the employment and direct supervision of an optometrist or physician engaged in the practice of ocularistry;

(b) The state board qualification exam; or,

(c) The credentialing exam of the national examining board of ocularists or any other credentialing or certification exam offered by a board approved nationally recognized certifying body.

(D) If an application for licensure submitted to the board remains incomplete for one year, the application shall be considered void. All applications provided or prescribed by the board shall state this limitation.

(E) The appropriate license and wall certificate shall be issued by the board no later than sixty days after approval by the board.

Effective: 01/15/2012
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/15/2017
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4725.44
Rule Amplifies: 4725.48 , 4725.501 , 4776.01 , 4776.02

4726-5-05 Application for licensure as a foreign educated dispensing optician or ocularist.

(A) All applications for licensure as a foreign educated optician or foreign educated ocularist shall be submitted to the board on the appropriate application as designated by the board.

(B) Applications shall be:

(1) Accompanied by a non-refundable fee in a form established by the board and as prescribed in division (B) of section 4725.48 of the Revised Code; and,

(2) Accompanied by such evidence, statements or documents as specified on the application form including but not limited to:

(a) An official transcript in English from the education program submitted to the board directly by the program administrator or designee that includes information sufficient for the board to determine whether the program has educational content and requirements that are substantially similar to those set forth in rule 4726-5-01 of the Administrative Code; or,

(b) Evidence satisfactory to the board of completion of an apprentice program that meets the requirements of section 4725.48 of the Revised Code.

(c) Evidence satisfactory to the board that the applicant has successfully completed the appropriate state board national qualifying examination for the license sought.

(C) An applicant for licensure as a foreign educated dispensing optician or ocularist shall:

(1) Be at least eighteen years of age;

(2) Be of good moral character;

(3) Be a graduate of a secondary school substantially similar to a high school equivalency diploma.

(4) For a license as a dispensing optician, have completed the requirements as established in paragraphs (C)(4) and (C)(5) of rule 4726-5-01 of the Administrative Code.

(5) For a license as an ocularist, have completed the requirements as established in paragraph (D) of rule 4726-5-03 of the Administrative Code.

(D) In addition to the requirements of this rule, all applicants for licensure as a foreign educated dispensing optician or ocularist shall submit to criminal records checks completed by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation in accordance with section 4725.501 of the Revised Code.

(E) If an application for licensure by a foreign educated optician or ocularist submitted to the board remains incomplete for one year, the application shall be considered void. All applications provided or prescribed by the board shall state this limitation.

(F) The appropriate license and wall certificate shall be issued by the board no later than sixty days after approval by the board.

Effective: 01/15/2012
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/15/2017
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4725.44
Rule Amplifies: 4725.48 , 4725.501