How to Apply

Individuals wishing to become members of the American Society of Ocularists must apply either as an Apprentice, Associate or Ancillary. Apprentice and Associate categories require that the individual be enrolled in the ASO Education Program. Your interest in the American Society of Ocularists is greatly appreciated.

  1. Choose the membership category that fits you best on the application
  2. Complete & return the application along with your application fee of $500
  • Only applications received prior to the deadline will reviewed
  • Applications are review twice per year at the ASO Conferences
  • Applications will be reviewed by the Application Committee
  • Applicants who meet the criteria will be recommended to the Board of Directors
  • Board of Directors will provide final approval for membership

:: Apprentice

Must be received by September 11, 2017 to be reviewed at the Annual Conference in New Orleans.

Persons who have secured a training position with an ASO Board Approved Diplomate Ocularist (BADO) may apply as an Apprentice member. An apprentice must devote 100% of his/her normal working hours, defined by the ASO as forty (40) hours per week, to training and practicing as a student Ocularist under the direct supervision of an ASO Board Approved Diplomate Ocularist (BADO). An apprentice must be enrolled and actively participating as a student in the ASO Apprentice Education Program in pursuit of the ASO diploma. Upon acceptance by the American Society of Ocularists, during their first two (2) years an Apprentice must attend two (2) out of four (4) ASO education conferences and successfully complete one hundred and fifty (150) ASO education credits per year. After the first two years, an apprentice is not required to attend every meeting, but must continue to acquire a minimum of one hundred and fifty (150) ASO education credits every year. Two thousand (2000) verifiable working/training hours are required each year, to a maximum of ten thousand hours (10,000). A total of seven hundred and fifty (750) ASO education credits are required to graduate. An apprentice cannot graduate from the program in less than five (5) years and no longer than seven (7) years. It is the responsibility of the Apprentice to attend the conferences on a regular basis to ensure these requirements are met. Apprentices who do not meet these requirements will be advised that they are not active in the program and will no longer be permitted to remain in this membership category. 

Please note that apprenticeships are not arranged by the Society. Each BADO member determines whether or not they would be able to take on an apprentice. A person seeking training must contact BADOs in their area and locate someone who is able to hire and train an apprentice. For people willing and able to relocate, opportunities would be increased. If relocation is possible, we suggest attending one of the bi-annual conferences to let yourself be known to as many ocularists as possible.

:: Associate

 Must be received by September 11, 2017 to be reviewed at the Annual Conference in New Orleans.

Persons presently working in ocularistry may apply as an Associate member. An Associate devotes at least 60% of his or her normal working hours to training and practicing as an Ocularist.

An Associate shall be enrolled in the Associate Program of the Society in pursuit of a Diploma. During their first two years as a member, an Associate must attend three out of four ASO meetings and successfully complete 94 education credits. After their first two years, they are not required to attend every meeting, but must continue to acquire a minimum of 94 credits every two years, for a total of 750 credit hours within ten years. The Associate can graduate from the program no sooner than eight years and no longer than ten years. It is each member’s responsibility to attend the conferences on a regular basis to ensure these requirements are met. Members who do not obtain the necessary credits within the specified time period will be advised that they are no longer active in the program and therefore not meeting the requirements of their membership category.

:: Ancillary

Must be received by September 11, 2017 to be reviewed at the Annual Conference in New Orleans.

A member who is Board Certified by the National Examining Board of Ocularists. 


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