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    Blue Jumper Apologies In Advance If This Question Belongs in Another Group…. But I need advice

    I’m just trying to connect with someone Licensed in New York State who knows a lot about obtaining licensure in NY coming from another licensed state. I went to the website but I think getting a hold of a live person to answer my questions would be best. I just want to make sure I’m not skipping any steps involved. It takes SO long for the paperwork to process, like weeks, possibly months, I’d hate to delay things by skipping a major step. In short, I want to move to NY state (upstate) in the next year or so from VA (which is a licensed state) but I want to ecure a job there first. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t take a major hit in income going from VA to NY state, but cost of living plays a huge part I know and that’s not relevant to this thread. I’d really just love to discuss what’s involved with someone who knows about getting a NY Ophthalmic Dispensing license and get a few questions answered. I have tried to reach someone from NYSSO by phone and by email now with no success yet.

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    Unless things have changed since I obtained a NY license there were two routes to get a license. First you could attend one the accredited Ophthalmic technical schools or serve an apprenticeship under a licensed optician and pass the state exam. Over the years the state has become lax with enforcement so I would venture to say most establishments use non licensed people who work under the license if the OD or other practitioners on site.

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    This much I do know, it’s what I don’t know that’s perplexing. I took a 3 year accredited Optician Studies program at my local community college back when this certification program was being offered. It is no longer being offered at the college and hasn’t for over a decade. I’m stumbling onto roadblock after roadblock with getting my NY License. I’ve already applied for a license with the New York State board and paid the application fee. I’ve filled out paperwork for my professional licensure in VA to be officially certified and I’m trying to get a hold of someone in the admissions office or college records to assist with officially certifying that I met the minimum educational requirements but that been very difficult. I’m jumping through all these hoops and paying all the fees in HOPES I’m on the right track but really, I have no idea if I am or am not.

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    I would suggest you contact the NewYork state society of dispensing opticians Albany NY. You can contact them online.

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    NYSSO- yup. I have contacted them by email and attempted to reach them by phone last week. No response back to email or voicemail. I’m sure they’re insanely busy as I’m sure I’m not the only person trying to get my NY License right now. I was kind of hoping someone on here might have some information that might help guide me as it could be literally weeks, maybe months before I hear back from anyone I’ve contacted. The websites only provide so much information but I have additional questions, probably pretty simple questions. I never imagined it would be so difficult getting this information, lol.

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    Try contacting WmMcdonald who posts on this board he is knowledgeable in this area.

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    New York does NOT have reciprocity. I believe you need to be on an apprenticeship for two years, pass the ABO, then pass the practical exam.

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    Thank you, kdw613 , I am aware NYS does not offer reciprocity. I was in a VA, Sponsored Apprenticeship for 3 years, 6000 hours, passed my ABO 20 years ago, let it lapse (not proud of that) and took it again two years ago and passed again so I am already ABOC. I’m wondering if this means I need to do an all new apprenticeship with the state of NY? Seems absurd with over 22 years in the industry and having already completed a 6000 hour apprenticeship (yeah I started when I was still in diapers, lol). I’ve been on the NYSED website and have looked over requirements needed for out of state applicants that are licensed in another state. I just need clarification on if I need to start all over from scratch or if I just need to get some verification documents of education and experience over to their Ophthalmic Dispensing dept? I’ve been in contact with various resources and have yet to get a definitive answer. In the end it sounds like I need to get the documents over to the NYSED Ophthalmic Dispensing Dept for them to review and make a final determination as to what is really required. It’s quite a waiting game, high school transcripts (from the high school not me), apprenticeship certification (from the dept of Labor and Industry, not me, License verification documents from VADPOR, Professional Education verification from the community college I attended for opticianry, it’s exhaustive but I really want this so I’ll keep chipping away at it.

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