Fellowship Exam

The Fellowship Exam is the only internationally recognized means of measuring an educator’s or eye care professional’s contact lens knowledge

2021 Fellowship Exam date: 12 November 2021 – registration is closed

All exam day information is on the IACLETOP – Fellowship Exam Area (accessible only by confirmed exam candidates).

If you need help on the day of the exam you should contact Proctorio: Chat.proctorio.com

IACLE staff can not help you on exam day with navigating the exam environment – instructions on how to prepare for the exam have been provided since October and a deadline was set.

Refer to demonstration videos on IACLETOP – Fellowship Exam Q + A section: https://iacle.instructure.com/courses/209/pages/q+as
– review the last 4 videos at the bottom of the web page:
* How the exam will run
* A crash error discovered and how to fix it – using LIVE CHAT support
* A crash error discovered and how to fix it – no LIVE CHAT support

Check out testimonies from Fellows of IACLE (FIACLEs) about the Fellowship Exam:

View this video from Fellow of IACLE (FIACLE) Fakhruddin Barodawala, SEGi University, Malaysia

View this video from Fellow of IACLE (FIACLE) Byki Huntjens, City University, London, UK

View this video (Spanish) from Fellow of IACLE (FIACLE) Dr Ricardo Pintor, a recipient of the ‘Acknowledgement of Fellowship Excellence’ IACLE certificate

  • See more video testimonies in a mix of languages further down

About the Exam

The Fellowship Exam is the only internationally recognized means of measuring an educator’s or eye care professional’s contact lens knowledge. There is no other means like it, which assesses their level of knowledge by identifying their strengths and weaknesses concerning all areas of contact lenses.

What is the outcome of this exam?

A successful outcome to the exam qualifies the member to become a Fellow of IACLE (FIACLE).  Obtaining the FIACLE title is a great achievement and is associated with a reputation that defines an educator or eye care professional as a leading expert in their profession.

As the exam is diagnostic in nature, there is no ‘failure’ and educators may sit for the exam as many times as they wish.

Who can take this exam?

The exam is exclusively available to members of IACLE.

The format of the exam:

The exam consists of 153 multiple-choice questions, including questions that require you to recognize or identify a certain type of lens fit or eye condition through case-based questions, by viewing a color photograph.

The categories covered in every exam are:

  1. Anatomy and Physiology
  2. Optics and Instrumentation
  3. Deposits, Care and Maintenance
  4. Lens Design, Lens Fitting, Lens Fit/Behavior
  5. Clinical Issues/Eye/Lens Exams/After-Care, S/Lamp
  6. Lens Materials, Manufacture, Physiologic Performance
  7. Ocular Responses, Microbiology and Ocular Defences
  8. Complications, Pathology (including General)
  9. Marketing and Practice Management

Language formats available

  • English
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Spanish
  • Korean
  • Bahasa

Other language formats can be arranged when 12 or more members are confirmed.

How is the exam conducted?

In 2021, IACLE’s Teaching Online Platform, known as IACLETOP will host the 2021 exam. We will be running webinars on how to prepare for the exam and a mock test will be conducted to test the learning environment prior to the actual exam, so all members are academically and technically prepared.

More information will be provided to members via our monthly member newsletters and direct to registered (paid) members.

Exam results

Each exam candidate is provided with a confidential report of their results.

The report indicates where a satisfactory level of knowledge has been achieved and where knowledge may be lacking.  Further advice is provided by IACLE upon request however, please note we do not provide exam candidates with a copy of the exam due to confidential purposes.  By providing the total score per category this is sufficient for an educator to identify their strengths and weakness.

Receiving your results can take up to 2 months after the exam date as we carry out an in-depth analysis of the results to obtain global averages.

How to prepare for the exam

We recommend studying IACLE’s complete Contact Lens Course.  To do this we urge all members to participate in our Distance Learning Program (DLP), which provides members with a systematic method of studying the modules of the course.

This is an excellent means of preparing to write the Fellowship Exam and is available to all members from IACLETOP.

If you are interested in participating in the DLP, paid up members just need to log into IACLETOP and get started.


The same amount as a member’s annual membership.  For example, if you pay US$30 per year for membership, if you wish to write the Exam you would also pay another US$30, so a total of $60.

NOTE: we do not provide refunds. We urge members to assign enough time to prepare for the exam. We can not refund or transfer a payment to cover a future exam administration.

Acknowledgement of Fellowship Excellence

Fellows who have successfully completed the exam more than three times are eligible for the ‘Acknowledgement of Fellowship Excellence’ certificate. Receiving this certificate so far are the following FIACLEs, all from the Latin America region:

• Daniela Garese (Uruguay)
• Orlando Neira (Colombia)
• Ricardo Pintor (Mexico)
• Robin Rodriguez (Peru)
• Rolando Rojas (Peru)
• Ruben Velazquez (Mexico)

Testimonies from our FIACLEs

“I didn’t take the exam for career development but to make sure I was teaching students the most up-to-date information. The preparation for the exam forced me to revisit more challenging areas, such as immunology.”

Andrew Elder Smith, University of Bradford, University of Manchester and Doncaster Royal Infirmary, UK

“The exam covered all aspects of contact lenses and was a good test of our theoretical knowledge. And we could easily apply that knowledge in practice due to the case analysis element. I’d completed the IACLE distance learning program before taking the exam with the guidance of IACLE’s Shanghai office. It makes me more confident in contact lens teaching and fitting.

Jian Qin, Henan Institute of Ophthalmology, China

“I think the FIACLE Exam is very useful for educators to not just evaluate but to update their knowledge and to come together with CL educators across the world. It is a very comprehensive exam with a user friendly format.  I would specially like to mention the last section of the exam related to case studies – this section based on practical knowledge was very interesting and helped to reinforce my knowledge about CL complications and their management.  I will be willing to take the exam every two years in order to revise and brush up my knowledge.”

Gauri Kunjeer Patel, Nagar School of Optometry, India

In the academic field there are numerous ways to ‘upgrade’ yourself professionally (MSc, PhD etc). However, in the field of contact lens teaching there is no such standard or classification. Therefore, I was very excited about the FIACLE accreditation exam. For me as a young teacher, it proved that I was on a level that I hoped I would be among peers. It gave me self confidence to proceed and to excel. Also, within our school, with many other faculties under one roof, the international recognition was viewed upon with respect. I have not regret a single minute of doing it, and use the FIACLE title wherever I can”.

Eef van der Worp, University of Maastricht, The Netherlands

In my professional career it has brought distinction, self-esteem and growth not only goodwill but also options for additional income on an international scope.

Orlando Neira, Fundacion Universitaria del Area Andina-Pereira, Colombia

To achieve the title of FIACLE was always a dream for me as soon as I started teaching contact lenses. I realized while teaching the IACLE resources are a must for imparting any education on contact lenses. When I received the title of FIACLE, it was my dream come true! The accreditation exam was a real excitement as I studied a lot of things in detail which I had not taken seriously when I was a student. I really feel proud of being a part of this association where I share my name with other eminent professionals in the field of contact lens & optometry as a whole. I will try harder to behold the title forever.

Runa Talukdar, Vidyasagar College of Optometry & Vision Sciences, India

FIACLE status is important to give credibility to me as an evidence-based clinical contact lens practice educator. It also inspires up and coming educators as to the standard of education they should aspire to and to indicate the level of support they will receive. It has also allowed me to be instrumental in worldwide contact lens education to give something back for all the support and encouragement I have received.

James Wolffsohn, Aston University, UK

Without a doubt it has been a springboard to catapult to another level, because my colleagues and the industry recognise the dedication that I have undertaken in recent years. FIACLE status is not the goal of every educator, but the official beginning to the path of professional growth.

Richardo Pintor, Johnson & Johnson, Mexico

More Video Testimonies

Dr May Bakkar (Jordan):

Minh Tan (Vietnam):

Ma Yuying (China):

Dr Daniela Garese (Uruguay):

Ajay Shine (India):

Abdul Halim (Indonesia):