The Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO®) was established as a not-for-profit organization in 1969 to offer certification and continuing education opportunities to ophthalmic allied health personnel. Since then, more than 25,000 people in the U.S., Canada, and around the world have earned JCAHPO certification.


JCAHPO's mission is to enhance the quality and availability of ophthalmic patient care by promoting the value of qualified allied health personnel and by providing certification and education.

In pursuit of its mission, JCAHPO will bring results in four areas:

1.Development of standards of conduct, examination, certification, and recertification of ophthalmic medical personnel;

2.Development of continuing education and services for allied health personnel in ophthalmology;

3.Provide a forum for ophthalmic-related organizations to collaborate;

4.Support of the accreditation process for medical programs for training and education of allied health personnel in ophthalmology.