Promoting the professional stature of opticianry through educational opportunities, legislative activity, and national communications.
Promoting the professional stature of opticianry through educational opportunities, legislative activity, and national communications.


Educational Events, Continuing Education and Opticianry Information

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Become an Optician

Washington State Opticians – Highly Educated

Here at the Opticians Association of Washington, we support opticians in all phases of their careers – from opticianry students to apprentices, Licensed Dispensing Opticians, and industry partners.

The requirements to become a Licensing Dispensing Optician include formal education. As a matter of fact, Washington State Opticians are some of the most educated in the nation! Our school programs here are excellent, employing the National Federation of Opticianry School curriculum, and compliant with the Committee on Opticianry Accreditation (COA) standards. We have information about two programs here on the website.

Continuing Education Requirements

presentationOur commitment to professional education doesn’t end with licensure. The OAW hosts a number of teaching events every year to help licensed professionals meet their Continuing Education requirements. Opticians in Washington must obtain 30 CE hours every three years to maintain their license. These CE credits should ideally help practitioners stay abreast of current issues in ophthalmic dispensing and consumer eyecare. They may also assist with practical business management issues.

At the OAW, we seek out the finest speakers available in order to bring the best possible CE hours to our events for our members and other practitioners attending.

Upcoming OAW Conventions

OAW Spring Convention

Education: April 21 – 22, 2018
Exhibition: April 21, 2018


Shilo Inn – Ocean Shores
707 Ocean Shores Blvd
Ocean Shores, WA 98569

Phone: (360) 289-4600

OAW Fall Convention

Education: October 27, 2018
Exhibition: October 27, 2018

Save the date for the OAW Fall Convention. More information about this will be added as it becomes available, including online registration.


Red Lion Hotel Yakima Center
607 East Yakima Ave
Yakima, WA 98901

Phone: (509) 248-5900

Educational Events

Hoya invites you to Optical Boot Camp


Optical Boot Camp!

An Artistry in Optics Event – Hosted by Hoya Portland & Brilleneyes

Mission times: 8/17 Cocktail learning hour from 6pm – 9pm, All day boot camp 8/18 8am – 5pm. Followed by a cocktail hour.

Objective: To offer modern opticianry education to the Pacific NW!

Win: Think you have what it takes? Prove it and win awesome prizes!


Fri, Aug 17, 2018, 6:00 PM PDT
Sat, Aug 18, 2018, 9:00 PM PDT


Hoya Vision Care
4500 SE Criterion Ct.
Suite 200
Milwaukie, OR 97222

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PO Box 2489
Yakima, WA 98907

Phone: 509.961.4169