ASO Membership Categories

Apprentice

A member who is actively training in the fitting and fabrication of ophthalmic prosthetics under the sponsorship of a Board Approved Diplomate Ocularist (BADO) and was actively enrolled in the Education Program of the ASO prior to November 14, 2017.

Associate

A member who is principally engaged in practice as an ocularist and was actively enrolled in the Education Program of the ASO prior to November 14, 2017.

Diplomate

A member who has been awarded with a Masters designation from the ASO or graduated as an Apprentice or Associate from the ASO Education Program or graduated from the ASO, College of Ocularistry.

Allied Board Certified Ocularist (Allied BCO)

An ocularist who is currently certified by the National Examining Board of Ocularists (NEBO).

Board Approved Diplomate Ocularist (BADO)

A member who has been awarded with a Masters designation from the ASO or graduated as an Apprentice or Associate from the ASO Education Program or graduated from the ASO, College of Ocularistry and is currently certified by the National Examining Board of Ocularists and approved by the ASO Board of Directors.

Fellow-American Society Of Ocularists (FASO)

A member who has demonstrated a high level of academic achievement and made a significant contribution to the profession and the Society. Fellowship is a lifelong distinction.

Honorary Member

An honor bestowed on an inactive or retired ASO member or in certain cases a non-member of the ASO, whose outstanding contributions to the profession or the American Society of Ocularists merit recognition.


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