Continuing Education Requirements for Florida Opticians* 2017- 2018








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Florida Opticians are required to attend 20 hours of continuing education every two years to renew their license. The current biennium started January 1, 2017 and will end December 31, 2018.

The current continuing education requirements for this biennium are as follows:

A. LAWS & RULES:

Two (2) hours must be on Florida laws & administrative rules governing the profession.

B. TECHNICAL:

At least eleven (11) hours shall be directly relating to the technical profession of Opticianry (i.e. dispensing, contact lens, etc.). Board Certified Opticians shall receive at least four (4) hours in contact lens theory and practice.

C. REDUCTION OF MEDICAL ERRORS:

Two (2) hours on and shall include a study of root-cause analysis, error reduction and prevention, and patient safety.

D. ELECTIVES COURSES:

Five (5) hours may be on any of the listed topic (A, B or E) or may be in a management, sales, stress management , risk management or marketing related topic.

E. AIDS/HIV EDUCATION:

One (1) hour AIDS/HIV training will now only be required for newly licensed opticians during their initial renewal that CEs are required.


Initially Licensed Opticians (for first renewal only)

Opticians initially licensed in the first year of biennium (2017) are required to complete ten (10) hours of CE for their first licensure renewal, which must include one (1) hour of HIV/AIDS education with a maximum of 2.5 hours from courses without classroom instruction.

5 hours must be directly related to the technical practice of opticianry

1 hour of HIV/AIDS education

2 hours must relate to the prevention of medical errors

2 hours of electives from the first 2 areas above or subjects relating to business management

A maximum of 2.5 hours of CE may be from courses without classroom instruction.

Opticians initially licensed in the second year of biennium (2018) are not required to complete CE requirements for the first licensure renewal. (License must expire same year it was issued for this to apply)

*This is a summary only - Please consult rule 64B12-15.003 of the Florida Administrative Code, Standards For Continuing Education. For additional information, contact:

The Florida Board of Opticianry 

4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin #C08
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3258
Phone (850) 245-4474


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ABOUT MAINTAINING AND REPORTING YOUR CE HOURS

All credit hours must be earned within the biennium for which they are claimed.

The Florida Department of Health has developed a continuing education tracking system operated by CEBroker.com to confirm that all Florida health care licensees have met their biennial continuing education requirements, BEFORE licensees will be able to renew their license at the end of 2016. All approved are required providers are required to submit licensee course completion data electronically within (90) days of course completion.

POF now submits well within 15 days of a statewide event. Florida Department of Health will not renew the license of any licensee who has not met the requirements for renewal as specified in the licensee’s applicable practice act by the required renewal date.

NOTE: Each licensee is still responsible for maintaining proof of completion of each continuing education course attended. If necessary, proof of attendance may be used for the purposes of an audit or to correct Department records. POF also retains a copy of all your POF education if needed as a service to our members.


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