“American Society of Ocularists” training in ocularistry
How does a person learn to become an ocularist?
There are no schools that teach ocularistry. A person must learn how to make artificial eyes through an apprenticeship with an approved ocularist (a Board Approved Diplomat Ocularist). The ASO Apprentice Program requires that the apprentice must study all aspects of ocular prosthetics, and spend five years (10,000 hours) in practical training. The apprentice must also successfully complete 750 credits of related study courses offered by the Education Program of the ASO. Upon successful completion of all requirements, the title, Diplomat of the American Society of Ocularists, is awarded.
Does the society arrange apprenticeships?
Apprenticeships are not arranged by the American Society of Ocularists. A person seeking training must contact ocularists in their area and locate someone who is able to hire and train an apprentice. For people willing and able to relocate, we suggest attending one of the bi-annual conferences to meet ocularists from different parts of the country.
Can I apprentice with an ocularist?
To qualify for the Society’s apprenticeship program, you must train with a Board Approved Diplomate Ocularist (BADO).
I already make artificial eyes. Do I have to become an apprentice?
Persons who are already working as ocularists may apply to the Society’s Associate program.
Aren’t there classes I can take somewhere to learn to become an ocularist?
The American Society of Ocularists is the only organization that offers educational training in ocularistry. Classes are offered at the Society’s bi-annual meetings, and are designed to prepare ocularists to take their certification exams.
I’m in school now. What courses should I take to increase my chances of becoming an apprentice?
The sciences provide a good base, in addition to taking extensive courses in art, sculpting, communicative skills and applied psychology.
Who certifies ocularists?
The National Examining Board of Ocularists (NEBO) is an independent entity whose directors come from the following participating organizations:
- American Academy of Ophthalmology
- American Board for Certification of Orthotics and Prosthetics
- American Society of Ocularists
- Canadian Society of Ocularists
- Public Member
NEBO awards the title, Board Certified Ocularist (BCO), to those ocularists who successfully complete a comprehensive two-part written and practical examination. All BCOs must complete continuing education requirements and be recertified by NEBO every six years.