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To qualify for a dispensing optician license under AS 08.71.110(b), the Alaska Dispensing Optician Program accepts associate-level education from a recognized school or college of opticianry in lieu of training otherwise required under an apprentice registration. A recognized school or college of opticianry includes programs accepted by:
Click here for a list of recognized schools.
The Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing staffs the Dispensing Optician program. The Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development adopts regulations to carry out laws governing the practice of dispensing opticians in Alaska. It makes final licensing decisions and takes disciplinary actions against people who violate licensing laws.
Alaska Statutes are passed by the Legislature. Regulations (also called the Alaska Administrative Code) are rules adopted by the board to implement, interpret, and make specific the statutes. Both statutes and regulations have the force of law.
AS 08.71 and regulations 12 AAC 30 specifically govern dispensing optician practice. AS 08.01 - 08.03 and regulations 12 AAC 02 apply to all professions regulated by the division.
Proposed regulations are advertised in Alaska newspapers and we invite public comment on them. If you would like to receive notice of proposed regulations, please write to the regulations specialist and request that your name be added to the Dispensing Optician interested parties list. Please advise us if you move or wish your name removed from the mailing list.
Aiko Zaguirre, Licensing Examiner
Phone: (907) 465-2588
Fax: (907) 465-2974
PO Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806