Upcoming Educational Events

Upcoming events

    • December 01, 2016
    • December 31, 2018
    • Online
    Register

    Professional Opticians of Florida have partnered with WINK Productions to offer a new on-line program developed to review the fundamentals needed to help you prepare for the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) and the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE) Certification Examinations required for licensure in Florida.

    Each virtual interactive lesson consists of slides, audio, speaker notes and a quiz, allowing you to review and complete the training independently. Online testing can make sure the most important information is understood. And, interactive education is more fun and more likely to be retained.

    Your email confirmation will include information on accessing the review courses.
    • February 23, 2017
    • January 13, 2019
    • Online
    Register

    Professional Opticians of Florida have partnered with WINK Productions to offer a new on-line program developed to review the fundamentals needed to help you prepare for the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) and the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE) Certification Examinations required for licensure in Florida.

    Each virtual interactive lesson consists of slides, audio, speaker notes and a quiz, allowing you to review and complete the training independently. Online testing can make sure the most important information is understood. And, interactive education is more fun and more likely to be retained.

    Your email confirmation will include information on accessing the review courses.
    • February 23, 2017
    • January 13, 2019
    • Online
    Register

    Professional Opticians of Florida have partnered with WINK Productions to offer a new on-line program developed to review the fundamentals needed to help you prepare for the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) and the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE) Certification Examinations required for licensure in Florida.

    Each virtual interactive lesson consists of slides, audio, speaker notes and a quiz, allowing you to review and complete the training independently. Online testing can make sure the most important information is understood. And, interactive education is more fun and more likely to be retained.

    Your email confirmation will include information on accessing the review courses.
    • October 27, 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • October 29, 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • Doubletree Miami Airport
    Register


    This year's Vision Preview 2017 will be hosted at the Miami Airport Convention Center (MACC) which is attached to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Miami Airport.

    Vision Preview 2017 offers you the best Optical Education available anywhere, you can earn all 20 CE hours in one weekend for the renewal of your Florida license,

    There are still Deluxe Guest Rooms available at the Doubletree!

    You can Book Reservations Online  or call the Resorts reservations department at 305-261-3800 to reserve a POF discounted Deluxe Guestroom at the reduced rate of $139. 

    The Hotel still has plenty of rooms available at the POF discounted rate, if you are told differently, please contact of POF immediately by phone 850-201-2622 or email Admin@pof.org.

    Here are just some of the benefits for you at this location.


    Full Details on Vision Preview 2017

    (Register online, or mail or fax in our convenient
     PDF Registration Form.)


    • October 27, 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • October 29, 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • 2017 Vision Preview at DoubleTree Miami
    Register

    Florida Apprentice Contact Lens Certificate Program

    This new 32 hours of training in Contact Lenses meets and exceeds the FL Admin Rule 64B12-16.003; Apprenticeship Requirements and Training Program for an Apprentice with a sponsor that is not Board Certified. The Contact Lens Society of America (CLSA) and POF have combined their experience and resources to offer a contact lens program designed specifically for Apprentice Opticians in Florida. This new 32-hour course will be offered in two parts: 13 hours of on-line training, plus 19 hours of live and hands-on clinical training offered at this conference.

    PART 1: Available Online in advance of workshop

    The first part of the program is delivered on-line and covers contact Lens theory in carefully designed modules that can be completed at your own pace and in advance of the live hands-on clinical Part 2.

    Part 2: Clinical Workshop at POF’s Vision Preview

    This part of the program is offered as a clinical workshop model, which is delivered over a three-day weekend. You will spend nineteen (19) hours with highly skilled contact lens instructors learning the key concepts of Contact Lens fitting firsthand. 

    Clinical Workshop Schedule:

    Friday October 27, 2017  5pm-8pm

    Florida & Federal Laws and Rules, Professional Ethics

    Saturday October 28, 2017  9am-5pm

    Anatomy & Physiology, Pathology, Keratometer, Slit Lamp

    Sunday October 29, 2017   9am-5pm

    Fitting & Evaluation, Insertion & Removal, Solutions

    Be sure to register for the Certificate program now and complete the 13 hours of training online in Part 1 before Friday, October 26  to be eligible to take the clinical workshops listed above. 

    Discounted POF Members Registration Total: $425 (including a complimentary one-year POF apprentice membership)

    For additional information on any of these Apprentice Training programs or to register, visit:  POF.org/apprentice.

    Register online, by phone, or mail or fax in our convenient PDF Registration Form.

    • October 28, 2017
    • 8:30 AM
    • October 29, 2017
    • 3:30 PM
    • DoubleTree Miami Airport Convention Center
    Register

    LIVE ABO/NCLE Examination Review Courses:

    October 28 & 29, 2017

    POF, in conjunction with the National Federation of Opticianry Schools (NFOS), is pleased to offer ABO and NCLE live Exam Prep Courses. These live ABO/NCLE exam preps are 6 hours each and are conducted by full time Opticianry program instructors who will review the exam materials and assist you in your exam preparations. Instructors will answer your questions and help you prepare by studying appropriate materials in advance of your exam. 

    NCLE Examination Review Course

    Saturday, October 282017

    8:30am - 12:00
    12:00pm - 1:00pm   lunch break (on your own)
     1:00pm - 5:00pm

    ABO Examination Review Course

    Sunday, October 29, 2017

    8:30am - 12:00
    12:00pm - 1:00pm   lunch break (on your own)
    1:00pm - 3:30pm

    IMPORTANT NOTICE: POF and all other exam review courses can only be a part of a comprehensive study program. Successful exam candidates have used these POF exam review courses to answer questions and solidify knowledge gained by studying the recommended materials in advance of the reviews and exams. Both ABO & NCLE exams cover vast areas of knowledge from years of experience. We strongly recommend that you use this review course in conjunction with adequate individual study of quality review materials.  POF’s recommended study guides for both the ABO and NCLE exams are available on the POF MarketPlace of this website.

    Register online, by phone, or mail or fax in our convenient PDF Registration Form.

    • October 28, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    Register


    Marketing, Merchandising & Management Seminars and Optical Displays

    POF is proud to offer these Optical Owners & Managers Seminars for free, that will improve your business, presented by some the nation’s leading instructors. All members of your office are welcome to attend these courses approved for Florida credit.  Select courses are also approved for ABO/CPC/COPE.

    Free Seminars on  Saturday, October 28th

    10:00 - 11:00a      The Seven Fundamentals of Optical Merchandising

    11:00 - 12:00n      Optical Budgeting, Inventory Management & Negotiations

    2:30 - 3:30pm        Disruption of Online Sales to the Optical Industry

    4:30 - 5:30pm         Motivation for Exceptional Performance

    Optical Displays Open Saturday, October 28th

    Saturday 12:00 n. to 3:00 pm   &    5:25 pm to 7:00 pm

    • October 28, 2017
    • 11:45 AM - 7:00 PM
    • DoubleTree by Hilton Miami Airport & Convention Center, 711 NW 72nd Ave, Miami, FL 33126
    Register

    Tabletop Exhibits at Vision Preview 2017

    Tabletop exhibit fee includes 2 eight-foot draped tables, 1 sign and 2 representative name badges per show. Additional representatives are $25 each. Electricity is NOT included . One additional table is available for $35 if you bring it or we provide it. Hotel accommodations are not included.

    Exhibit move in at 8:30 am Saturday morning of the event and exhibit breakdown starts no sooner than 7:00 pm, to be completed by 9:00 pm that evening.



    • November 15, 2017
    • TBD

    WEST COAST CHAPTER pRESENTS CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS

    REDUCTION OF MEDICAL ERRORS

    DATE:  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2017 
    TIME:   TBD 

    LOCATION:   TBD 
    speaker: lAurie pierce, 2 hOURS of MEDICAL ERRORS

     

    Please contact Ward Delbridge-Moiles at wardwcpof@yahoo.com or 727-710-4372 to RSVP.

    • November 15, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Rusty Pelican, 2425 N Rocky Point Dr, Tampa FL 33607

    WEST COAST CHAPTER PRESENTS CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS

    HOSTED BY US OPTICAL & ESSILOR

    Harmful Blue Light and Optical
    Solutions
    for Long-Term HEV Protection

    One (1) Hour Technical @ 7pm ~ Speaker: Nick Turner

    Topic To Be Determined 
    One (1) Hour @ 8pm ~ Speaker: Elliott Rishard

    DATE:                  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2017 
    TIME:                  6:00PM   CHECK-IN 
                                    7:00PM    DINNER & EDUCATION
    LOCATION:    THE RUSTY PELICAN
                                    2425 N ROCKY POINT DR
                                    TAMPA, FL  33607 

    Please contact Nick Turner at nick.turner@essilorusa.com or 817-657-6993 to RSVP.

    • December 01, 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • December 03, 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • Hillsborough Community College / Residence Inn Tampa Westshore-Airport
    Register

      

    FLORIDA's 20 HOUR CONTACT LENS FITTING COURSE   For Florida Board Certification

    A 20 hour course covering state-of-the-art contact lens technologies and fitting techniques presented by the Professional Opticians of Florida.

    Become a Florida Board Certified Optician

    Earn the required 20 hours of training for your State Board of Opticianry Certification. This course fulfills the educational requirement to enable Florida opticians to fill, fit, adapt, and dispense contact lenses without the supervision of the prescriber. FL Statue 484.002(6)

    Education Schedule: New format with an advance live online webinar

    Monday, Nov 27:     6:30 - 9:30pm Live Online Webinar*

    Friday, Dec 1:       3:00 - 8:00pm at HCC, Classroom & Hands-on

    Saturday, Dec 2:   9:00 - 5:00pm at HCC, Classroom & Hands-on

    Sunday, Dec 3:    9:00 - Noon at Residence Inn, Classroom

    * The advance webinar on Monday night allows for the course to end Sunday at noon instead of at 5:00 pm.  Additional webinar times are available. If you previously took the webinar, you do not have to watch it again.


    LOCATIONS: 

    Monday, November 27:

    Live Webinar


    Friday & Saturday, December 1 & 2:

    Hillsborough Community College

    4001 W. Tampa Bay Blvd. Tampa, FL 33614


    Sunday,  December 3:

    Residence Inn Tampa Westshore/Airport

    4312 W Boy Scout Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607

    (located less than one mile from HCC)


    Due to a sporting event,  the Sunday, December 3 class will be held at an alternative location, the Residence Inn Tampa Westshore/Airport.

    The course will include discussion and review of the following topics:

    • Optical anatomy and physiology
    • Indications and contra-indications of contact lens fitting
    • Identification of abnormal responses secondary to contact lens wear
    • Basic rigid and soft lens design
    • Fitting and follow-up care
    • Identify fluorescein contact lens patterns
    • Special lens designs and fittings
    • Review of clinical fitting case examples
    • 4 hour hands-on workshop with slit-lamps & keratometers
    POF has established a hotel rate of $119 per night. 


    Additional Course Information

    Register for Course

    Register for Hotel

    • March 09, 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • March 11, 2018
    • 3:00 PM
    • Ramada Plaza Fort Walton Beach Resort/Destin, 1500 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 Phone: (850) 243-9161
    Register


    This March Spring Spectacle will be hosted at the Ramada Plaza Fort Walton Beach Resort/Destin.

    There are still Guest Rooms available at the Ramada Plaza Fort Walton Beach Resort/Destin!
    You can Book Reservations Online (use group code pof2018)or call the Resorts reservations department at 800-874-8962 by February 16, , 2018 to reserve a POF discounted Guestroom at the reduced rate of $132. 

    Here are just some of the benefits for you at this location.

    • Only POF offers the State of Florida mandated courses on multiple days

    • Apprentice/Sponsor Orientation & Hand-on Frame Fitting Workshop available

    • Visit International Optical Vendors & Suppliers at Spring Spectacle

    • Attend and support your profession 

    Full Details on Spring Spectacle 2018

    Register online, or mail or fax in our convenient
     PDF Registration Form.


    • May 18, 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • May 20, 2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • Safety Harbor Resort & Spa
    Register

    Join your colleagues at Safety Harbor Resort & Spa for another Professional Opticians of Florida exceptional education weekend. Earn all 20 required hours of education from highly respected practitioners and recognized industry leaders.

    You can look forward to multiple educational options every hour so that you can choose the topics and a schedule that fit your needs. There will be eight hours available on Friday and Saturday and five on Sunday.  We have scheduled a full, education-packed weekend for Opticians, Apprentice Opticians, and Student Opticians. 

    For Full Details on the Conference

    Schedule at a Glance

    Friday, May 18th -  Eight hours of CE available

    10:00am    Registration Desk Opens

    12;00 n       CE Courses Start 

    6:00pm       Dinner Break

    7:00pm       Two additional CE available

    Saturday, May 19th -  Eight hours of CE available 

    7:30am       Registration Desk Opens

    8:00am       CE Courses Start 

    11:45am     Lunch provided in Exhibit Area

    1:30pm       CE Courses Resume  

    5:30pm        Happy Hour in Exhibit Area

    Sunday, May 20th -  Five hours of CE available

    7:30am       Registration Desk Opens

    8:00am       CE Courses Start 

    1:00pm Last CE course ends


    For Full Details on the Conference

    Safety Harbor Resort & Spa

    105 N. Bayshore Dr.
    Safety Harbor, 
    FL 34695

    Phone: ​(888) 237-8772


    Call now for hotel reservations at the group room rate of $97. This discounted rate is available only through April 20 and often sells out early.

    After each day of top-quality continuing education, you’ll have time to enjoy gourmet dining, recreation,  and relax at the Safety Harbor Resort & Spa that is located on 22 acres overlooking the beautiful Tampa Bay.

    The Resort is the centerpiece of the quaint & serene town of Safety Harbor, FL, which is only 15 minutes from the Tampa International Airport and Clearwater Beach. The Resort features oversized guest rooms all with a view of the Bay.

    The 2,000-year-old natural mineral springs that run directly beneath the resort were first discovered by explorers seeking the Fountain of Youth. Today, they still believe in their restorative powers so much that they use this natural mineral water throughout the resort: in all three pools, in spa treatments, and in their water coolers.


    • May 19, 2018
    • 11:55 AM - 7:00 PM
    • Safety Harbor Resort & Spa, Safety Harbor, FL
    Register

    West Coast Better Vision Tabletop Exhibits

    Tabletop exhibit fee of $495 includes one (1) six-foot draped table, one (1) sign, and two (2) representative name badges. Additional representative badges are available at $25.  Electricity is NOT included. One additional table is available for $35, if you bring or if we provide it. Hotel accommodations are not included.

    West Coast Better Vision will be held at:

    Safety Harbor Resort & Spa, 105 N. Bayshore Drive,       Safety Harbor, FL

    For room reservations call (888) 237-8772 and ask for the POF discounted group rate of $95.

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