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Please Note: You must first be a member of the Section in which you wish to pursue Diplomate status before being able to move forward in the Diplomate application. If you're not sure if you're a current member of the Section, please email membership@aaoptom.org and we can verify and/or add you appropriately.

According to the Academy's bylaws, each Academy Section is required to establish a Diplomate program to provide an avenue for distinction achieved by doctors of optometry who strive to attain a level of excellence beyond the regular American Academy of Optometry Fellowship program. Candidates for becoming a Diplomate must be current Fellows of the Academy. 

Current Diplomate Programs

Once Diplomate status is obtained, there is a Diplomate Renewal Process that must be achieved every five years in order to maintain Diplomate status.