As board members and officers, we are asked WHY SHOULD I BE A MEMBER OF THE OPTICIANS ASSOCIATION OF ARKANSAS? The Opticians Association of Arkansas has no affiliation with the Arkansas State Board of Dispensing Opticians. The Arkansas State Board of Dispensing Opticians is the licensing board and regulates the license and apprenticeship of Opticians in the state.
The Opticians Association of Arkansas is made up of Opticians who are interested in their profession and is a provider of education for Opticians. When you pay your membership dues to the Opticians Association of Arkansas you become a member of the Opticians Association of America.
When you pay your renewal fee to the State Board Office in July you do not become a member of the Opticians Association of Arkansas. You must join and pay your association dues yearly to be a member of the Opticians Association of Arkansas. Opticians Association dues are to be paid September 1st of each year.
The Opticians Association of Arkansas has a web site that keeps you abreast on what is happening in the state. We are trying hard to improve communication. If you are not a member of the OAA you will not receive notification of education seminars or information of things that are happening in the state concerning Opticians.