Prepare for your National Opticianry Certification Exam (NOCE) to become a Certified American Board of Opticianry (ABOC) Optician. Review the ABO Exam Handbook for all of the details. See Certified National Contact Lens Examiner (NCLE) exam material here.

Preparing for your exams can be intimidating so we’ve prepared a list of resources (some paid and some free) to help you learn the formulas, standards, calculations, definitions and everything else you’ll need to know to pass your test. I do also recommend talking with others in the industry, everyone has different takes on knowledge and experiences and you can’t get enough while you’re prepping for this exam. You may want to check out the Optical Industry Resource Page, to find groups if you want to bounce ideas off of others or review past topics.


Optician’s Friend study guide/formula finder: a comprehensive list of formulas and principles needed, all in one place.

The Vision Council’s Ophthalmic Prescription Lenses ANSI Z80.1 Standards: recommended to know these for the ABO test.

OptiCampus Material Reference Chart: All optical measurements are based upon US standards (Helium d line). Actual values may vary depending upon individual lens supplier and product type. Trademarks may apply and are property of the owners as indicated.


System for Ophthalmic Dispensing 3rd Edition: The ultimate ophthalmic dispensing reference, this book provides a step-by-step system for properly fitting and adjusting eyewear. It covers every aspect of dispensing ― from basic terminology to frame selection to eyewear fitting, adjusting, and repairing.


topsTOPS – Training Optical Professionals: Trusted by Opticians preparing for Certification over the years, the 2nd Edition of Michael DiSanto’s TOPS Manual is back!  Chapters (including quizzes) cover Dispensing Theory, Dispensing Well Designed Lenses, Prisms and Light, Prisms and Lenses, Lens Materials, Designs and Enhancements, Frame Fitting Theory, Instruments and Measurements, Ophthalmic Frame Materials and Sunwear, Special Dispensing Situations, Professional Optical Selling, Glossary, Chapter Quiz and Answer Keys.


ABOC NOCE prep, Carrie Wilson, ABOMNational Opticianry Certification Exam Preparation, Basic Certification
Carrie Wilson is a Master in Ophthalmic Optics, Advanced Certified Contact Lens Fitter, and soon to have her Masters Degree in Business/Healthcare Administration. She has designed and implemented training plans that have a direct impact on over 3,000 Walmart Vision Centers and Sam’s Club Opticals and served on the boards and committees of regulatory boards. On top of her neverending resume, she has written a PDF book to help those seeking ABO Certificaion. Carrie has also kept track of the students who study with her book and has proven to have an impeccable test pass rate.

pure opticsPure Optics Textbook
Phernell is the author of Pure Optics, Second Edition. This textbook will guide you through the areas of knowledge needed to become an eye care professional and pass the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) exams. Since 2006, students from all over the world have utilized the Pure Optics concepts to further their education and address the needs of their patients.


Modern Ophthalmic Optics
This book is a comprehensive account of the most recent developments in modern ophthalmic optics, ideal for researchers, manufacturers and practitioners. Topics discussed include free-form technology, modern lens materials, measuring techniques, contact and intraocular lenses, progressive power lenses, ocular protection and coatings.


The Optician Training Manual 1st EditionThe must-have optical training system whether you are an optometrist, ophthalmologist, or optical manager responsible for training opticians or are an optician trying to better your skills.

Optical Formulas Tutorial, 2nd Edition: Designed for students and professionals preparing for the ABO certification exam or wishing to quickly brush up on optical formulas, this easy-to-use workbook contains optical formulas, definitions, and walk-through problems with practical examples throughout. Rather than searching through dozens of optics books, readers will find all relevant information here in one source. Coverage includes everything from sine, cosine and tangent to resultant prism and resolving prism to polarized filters – and much more!

National Opticianry Competency Exam Secrets Study Guide: Our comprehensive study guide for the NOCE Exam is written by our National Opticianry Competency Exam experts, who painstakingly researched the topics and the concepts that you need to know to do your best on the National Opticianry Competency Exam. Our original research into the National Opticianry Competency Examination (NOCE), offered by the American Board of Opticianry (ABO), reveals the specific content areas and the essential skills that are critical for you to know on the National Opticianry Competency Exam. We’ve taken the information and developed a study guide that is guaranteed to help you be successful on the National Opticianry Competency Exam.

PDF Guides

Laramy-K Optician Works Ultimate ABO Study Guide: an 83 page pdf covering all of the basics. Print it out and study!

OpenOptix ABO Study Guide: a 99 page pdf written and maintained by volunteer members of the optical community.

CSC Labs Indispensable Dispensing Guide: a 47 page pdf with a variety of info


Learning with Quizzes

Laramy-K Optician Works Online Optician training: videos, courses, lessons and quizzes.

TOPS Training Optical Professionals ABO Exam Study Guide: a thorough study guide book with quizzes.

Quantum Optical ABO Staff Training Modules


ECPU ABO Exam Prep 24/7 web access to successfully prepare for the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) Basic Certification Exam.

National Academy of Opticianry Spectacle Exam Review Material: beginner, intermediate and advanced levels of materials.

Optical Training Institute ABO Exam Preparation includes an all-in-one comprehensive course package with 6 workbooks and 6 audio CD’s contained in a carrying case. 

Practice Quizzes

Pass Your Optical Boards: a comprehensive and unlimited practice test website.

National Opticianry Competency Exam Flashcard Study System: NOCE Test Practice Questions & Review for the National Opticianry Competency Exam (Cards)

Quizlet: Optician Training Manual McCleary Flashcards

Opticianry Exam Prep: 200+ Practice Questions for the ABO NOCE Exam



How to Pass the Optician Exam video: take a look at all of the videos on this channel, it’s nice to have a visual way of learning with all of the reading.

Laramy-K Optical YouTube channel: Their long-term goal with this channel is to provide a more accessible and higher level of education for opticians everywhere.

ABO-NCLE Mentor videos

How To Use The Lensmeter – LaramyK Optical: Parts, Focus and Setup

How To Use The Lensmeter – LaramyK Optical:  Eyeglass Lens Neutralization

How To Use The Lensmeter – LaramyK Optical:  A Simple Spherical Single-Vision Lens

How To Use The Lensmeter – LaramyK Optical: Read A Spherocylinder Lens

How To Use The Lensmeter – LaramyK Optical: Read a Finished Progressive Pair


OptiQuiz iOS App for ABO Exam Prep

ABO Basic Opticianry Exam Prep iOS App

Optician Study iOS App

ABO Exam 2018 Ed Android App

ABO Basic Opticianry Exam Prep Android App

ABO Advanced Training Material

National Academy of Opticianry (NAO) Advanced Opticians Tutorial (ABO Advanced Exam) Book

Optician Essentials and Advanced Exam Practice TestThis guide is an invaluable source for learning more advanced ophthalmic optics, basic business principals, troubleshooting patient problems and solving some of the more tricky optics quandaries. This text reviews the more advanced topics seen on ABO and ABO Advanced exams. Also included are overviews on new topics such as, expanded infection types, additional optics equations, and vision therapy.