• Board for Hearing Aid Specialists and Opticians

    The Board for Hearing Aid Specialists and Opticians licenses:

    • individuals who test and fit hearing aids, and
    • individuals who fit and sell prescription glasses and contact lenses.
    Licensing Section   (804) 367-8509
    Board Office  (804) 367-8590
    FAX  (866) 245-9693
    Email 

    hasopt@dpor.virginia.gov  

  • Forms & Applications

    Hearing Aid Specialists | Opticians 


    Applicants must read and understand Board Regulations.

    DPOR Boards only accept the most recent versions of the applications provided below. DPOR Boards are not responsible for processing delays associated with forms that do not conform to this requirement.
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    Application fees are not refundable.


    Hearing Aid Specialists

    Opticians

    Laws & Regulations

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    Meetings & Minutes

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    The Virginia Regulatory Town Hall provides access to the board's meeting schedule, agendas, and past meeting minutes.

    Visit the Town Hall: http://www.townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewboard.cfm?boardid=13&display=meetings 

    Education & Exams

    Hearing Aid Specialists | Opticians  

    Hearing Aid Specialists

    Applicants must obtain approval from the Board prior to taking the exam. 

    Exam Administrator  DPOR Examinations Section
    Frequency and Dates of Exam 

    Written and practical examination each administered three times a year.
    Practical Exam
    February 3, 2014
    June 9, 2014
    October 15, 2014

    Written Exam
    March 5, 2014
    July 9, 2014
    November 12, 2014

    Deadline for Application and Fees  January 3, 2014 (for February and March exams)
    May 7, 2014 (for June and July exams)
    September 15, 2014 (for Oct. and November exams) 
    Application and Exam Fees   Application Fee
    $30 (first-time applicants)
    Exam Fee

    First-time candidates $110 (for both parts)
    Repeat candidates $95 per part
    Exam Location  Dept. of Professional & Occupational Regulation Perimeter Center
    9960 Mayland Drive
    Richmond, VA 23233
    Questions About Exam Scheduling or Registration?  Only applicants approved by the Board should contact the DPOR Examinations Section at (804) 367-8544 or exams@dpor.virginia.gov. 
    Other Questions? 

    View the International Hearing Society (IHS) Study Guide.

    To obtain an application package or to check on the status of your application, contact the Board's Licensing Section at (804) 367-8509.

    Opticians

    Applicants may take the written (ABO) exam without prior approval from the Board, but cannot practice (or offer to practice) as an optician in the Commonwealth of Virginia until obtaining a Virginia license.
    Applicants must obtain approval from the Board prior to taking the practical exam.
     

    Exam Administrator  DPOR Examinations Section
    Frequency and Dates of Exam 

    WRITTEN EXAM (ABO/NCLE)
    Administered four times a year.
    August 16-30, 2014
    November 8-22, 2014

    Visit ABO/NCLE website for registration deadlines and 2015 dates. 


    PRACTICAL EXAM (opticians & contact lens)
    Administered twice a year.
    June 20, 2014
    December 5, 2014 

    • Candidates will be notified by DPOR of the date, time, and location one month prior to the examination.

     

    Deadline for Application and Fee  March 20, 2014 (for June practical exam)
    September 5, 2014 (for December practical exam) 
    Exam Fees   Application Fee
    $100 (first-time applicants)
    Opticians
    Written and Practical $250
    Written only $225
    Practical only $25
    Re-exam Written $225
    Re-exam Practical $25
    Contact Lens

    Written and Practical $250
    Written only $225
    Practical only$25
    Re-exam Written $225
    Re-exam Practical $25
    Exam Locations  WRITTEN EXAM conducted at PSI test centers
    Charlottesville
    Falls Church
    Glen Allen
    McLean
    Richmond
    Roanoke
    Virginia Beach

    PRACTICAL EXAM conducted at J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College (Richmond)
    Questions About Exam Scheduling or Registration?   Only applicants approved by the Board should contact the DPOR Examinations Section at (804) 367-8544 or exams@dpor.virginia.gov. 
    Other Questions? 

    View the ABO/NCLE Exam Handbook

    To obtain an application package or to check on the status of your application, contact the Board's Licensing Section at (804) 367-8509.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. How do I contact the Board office? 
    2. When I call the Board office, will I be able to speak directly with a Board member? 
    3. May I use my license from another state to practice in Virginia? 
    4. May I apply for a temporary permit? 
    5. I need a letter of certification quickly. If I come into the office with the certification fee, can you process it the same day? 
    6. How do I obtain licensure in another state? 
    7. I need to renew my license, but I haven't received my renewal form. What do I need to do? 
    8. My renewal payment was one day late and I have always paid on time. Can you waive the late fee? 
    9. I did not renew on time because I didn't receive my renewal card. Do I still have to pay a late fee or reinstate my license? 
    10. Does the Board office use the date of receipt or the postmark date to determine whether an application or renewal was received on time? 
    11. My address and/or name has changed. What do I need to do to notify the Board? 

    How do I contact the Board office?

    You may reach the Board office by phone at 804-367-8509 (Licensing Section) or 804-367-8590 (Board Office), by FAX at (866) 245-9693, or by e-mail at hasopt@dpor.virginia.gov. Additionally, if you have information that you would like to mail to the Board, please send it to:
    Board for Hearing Aid Specialists and Opticians
    Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
    9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400
    Richmond, VA 23233

    When I call the Board office, will I be able to speak directly with a Board member?

    No. The Board members do not work in the Board office. They come into the Board offices for Board meetings and hearings, but are not here on a daily basis.

    Board office staff members can answer your questions and are trained to process all information that comes into the Board office. Please do not contact Board members directly.

    May I use my license from another state to practice in Virginia?

    No. State law prohibits any person from practicing as a Hearing Aid Specialist or Optician in Virginia without a license issued by the Board for Hearing Aid Specialists and Opticians.

    May I apply for a temporary permit?

    Yes. Qualified individuals may be issued a temporary permit. Please refer to the board regulations for more information.

    I need a letter of certification quickly. If I come into the office with the certification fee, can you process it the same day?

    No. Although Board staff makes every effort to send letters of certification out in five business days, our official turnaround time is 30 days. Certifications are processed in the order they are received.

    How do I obtain licensure in another state?

    Contact the state or jurisdiction in which you are seeking licensure. That state might request proof of your Virginia license, which you can request from the Board using the Certification Request Form.

    I need to renew my license, but I haven't received my renewal form. What do I need to do?

    Send in the renewal fee, make checks payable to the Treasurer of Virginia, and include your license/certificate number on your check. Please complete a Name/Address Change Form if you have moved or changed your name. Mail this information to:
    Board for Hearing Aid Specialists and Opticians
    Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
    9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400
    Richmond, VA 23233

    You CANNOT continue to practice in Virginia after your license has expired.

    My renewal payment was one day late and I have always paid on time. Can you waive the late fee?

    No. The Board's regulations allow a 30-day grace period in which a license may be renewed without penalty (therefore, your payment is actually 31 days late). Staff cannot waive the fee. Board regulations state that if the requirements for renewal of a license, including receipt of the fee by the board, are not complete within 30 days of the expiration date, a reinstatement fee is required.

    I did not renew on time because I didn't receive my renewal card. Do I still have to pay a late fee or reinstate my license?

    Yes. Board regulations state that failure to receive the renewal notice does not relieve the licensee of the obligation to renew.

    Does the Board office use the date of receipt or the postmark date to determine whether an application or renewal was received on time?

    The date the application or renewal was received in the agency determines whether it is on time, not the postmark date. If the renewal fee is received after the due date, you will be required to pay the reinstatement fee. If the reinstatement fee is received after the due date, you will be required to reapply for licensure, meeting all current requirements.

    My address and/or name has changed. What do I need to do to notify the Board?

    Complete, print, sign, and submit a Name/Address Change Form to the Board office. All address changes must be received by the Board in writing. When providing a post office box as the mailing address, it must be accompanied by the physical address.

    Board for Hearing Aid Specialists and Opticians

    Board Executive Director

    Demetrios J. Melis

    Licensing Operations Administrator

    Tamika Rodriguez

    Regulatory Operations Administrator

    Stephen Kirschner

    Board Member Roster

    Deborah Bauer-Robertson 
    Optician Member
    First four-year term ends June 30, 2016 
    William H. Bearden, III, M.D.
    Ophthalmologist Member
    First four-year term ends June 30, 2012 
    Robert E. Flippin
    BOARD CHAIR

    Optician Member
    Second four-year term ends June 30, 2015 
    Eric B. Hecker, Ph.D.
    BOARD VICE-CHAIR

    Audiologist Member
    First four-year term ends June 30, 2014 
    Mark Grohler
    Hearing Aid Specialist Member
    First four-year term ends June 30, 2016 
    Jon D. Bright
    Optician Member
    First four-year term ends June 30, 2016 
    Bruce R. Wagner
    Hearing Aid Specialist Member
    First four-year term ends June 30, 2016 
    L. Frederick Lassen, M.D.
    Otolaryngologist Member
    Second four-year term ends June 30, 2017 
    Arva B. Priola
    Citizen Member
    Second four-year term ends June 30, 2017 
    Judith M. Canty
    Optician Member
    First four-year term ends June 30, 2016 
    William C. Russ
    Citizen Member
    First four-year term ends June 30, 2016 
    VACANT
    Citizen Member
    First four-year term ends June 30, 2016 
    Bonnie Mayhew
    Optician Member
    First four-year term ends June 30, 2016 
    VACANT
    Optician Member
    First four-year term ends June 30, 2016 
    VACANT
    Hearing Aid Specialist Member
    Unexpired term ends June 30, 2014 
     

    Board members are appointed by the Governor. To learn more about the gubernatorial appointment process, visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth's website. 

    Military and Veterans Services

    DPOR stands ready to assist veterans and active-duty military personnel as they maintain or transition to civilian careers requiring professional credentials.

    Active-duty military personnel and their spouses having served outside the U.S., as well as certain diplomatic service members and veterans, may be eligible to receive up to a five-year extension for meeting license renewal requirements (pursuant to Section 54.1-117 of the Code of Virginia).

    Spouses of active-duty military personnel assigned to a duty station in Virginia are eligible for expedited processing using the Military Spouse Expedited License Application (PDF). A temporary, non-renewable six-month license for certain military spouses licensed in another state who need more time to meet Virginia-specific requirements may also be an option. 

    In addition, the Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs may reimburse veterans for the cost of license or certification exams. See the VA Pamphlet 22-02-1 for more information.

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