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    Which Optician Association should I pay and register with?

    Hi everyone! I'm a newbie and am looking to join an association to be better informed. I see that there are organizations such as, Opticians Association of America (OAA), National Academy of Opticianry (NAO), California Association of Dispensing Opticians (CADO), etc. Should I just join my state one? (I'm from California.)

    http://www.eyecareprofessions.com/op...societies.html

    Thank you for your help!

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    You could join them all! But, if I were to join just one it would be the NAO. Their sole mission is Optician education. Lots of resources with good people at the helm.

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    I agree with NAO. I also like the idea of joining your state organization, but alas, my state is messed up. Haven't had a good one in a very long time. NAO, and a state one, if it is good. Always good for networking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mervinek View Post
    I agree with NAO. I also like the idea of joining your state organization, but alas, my state is messed up. Haven't had a good one in a very long time. NAO, and a state one, if it is good. Always good for networking.
    Thank you! I really appreciate your input! Do you know if the CA one is any good? Lol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by optical24/7 View Post
    You could join them all! But, if I were to join just one it would be the NAO. Their sole mission is Optician education. Lots of resources with good people at the helm.
    Thank you for your input! Much appreciated!

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    NAO is education. CADO works in your state. OAA is business and national legislative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diane View Post
    NAO is education. CADO works in your state. OAA is business and national legislative.

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    I see. Thank you Diane!

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