For nearly 40 years, the Professional Opticians of Florida (POF) has been dedicated to enhancing the competency of opticians, advancing the profession of opticianry, working to resolve the governmental policy issues affecting opticianry and to protecting the health and welfare of the public.
Important 2020 Licensing Info
April 1, 2021
**UPDATE** Per Emergency Order, DOH No. 21-001, the license expiration date for Opticians expiring December 31, 2020, is extended to June 30, 2021.
What does this mean for you?
All Opticians need to renew their license before midnight on June 30, 2021, to avoid a $125 late fee. We DO NOT recommend waiting for the last minute as CE Broker is experiencing many glitches, especially for those who are Board Certified. We have been working closely with the Board office and CE broker so they may resolve this issue. Please call the POF office at 850-201-2622 if you need any assistance.
May I complete my 2019/2020 CE requirements via home study until June 30, 2021?
Yes, 64B12-15.001(8) states, “For the biennium ending December 31, 2020, the restriction on permitting a maximum of 5 hours of continuing professional education, which may be earned from courses without classroom instruction, shall not be effective. All required continuing education hours may be earned by courses without classroom instruction.”
Once your education requirements are met, please click here to renew your DO license.
If you still need hours, please visit: https://pofce.org for over 30 hours of PDF courses to choose from or visit https://pofvirtualshow.com for over 40 hours of video courses to choose from. Both options are $7.50 per hour of education or visit https://pof.org/Virtual-Show for the option to purchase the entire 40+ course bundle for $117 for POF Members or $150 for the standard rate. You do not have to be a POF member to take hours from POF.
Professional Opticians of Florida wishes everyone a happy and healthy 2021. We are excited to announce that Governor Ron DeSantis responded to our request and declared January as National Opticians Month in Florida!
POF, membership with a purpose!
2021 Legislative Update
A Message From Your Lobbyist...
I am honored to represent the Professional Opticians of Florida as your lobbyist in Tallahassee. I’ve been involved in the Legislative process now for over 33 years. I served for nine years in the Florida House of Representatives and then 11 years in the Florida Senate, and, after the required two years of retirement from the Legislature, I’ve been back up in Tallahassee lobbying.
Working the Legislature is a year-round task. It’s easier to find time to meet with legislators before Session and Committee Meetings than during it. Members and Officers of the POF make contributions to our Political Committee, and we participate in fundraisers for the Legislative Leadership of both chambers and both parties... I believe that the POF has had better direct contact with Legislative Leadership recently than in the past. They may not always agree with us, but at least they know who we are.
In the 2020 Legislative Session, bills were filed that would have “sunsetted” (deregulated) many professions, including opticianry. We were able to get promises from the bill sponsors that the language about opticians would be removed if they pursued the bills. When legislatures refiled the bills for the 2021 Session, they were refiled without sunsetting opticianry at all.
I hope that POF members will continue to make political contributions to the Opticians for Better Vision Political Committee and will be available to write and email your legislators when we need your voices. I look forward to working with you again next year.
Steve Geller, Esq.
Mayor, Broward County, FL
Former FL Senator
Geller Law Firm, PA
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2021 Donation Goal
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Being a Member has its benefits, it's time for you to find out more why POF is the largest and most respected Optician's organization in the US.
The Professional Opticians of Florida was established in 1981 and has been associated with the Opticians Association of America (OAA) for many years. During this time, our members have had the opportunity to attend leadership conferences and various meetings that have helped them with management skills and leadership training. At these conferences we have been able to share ideas and have problem solving discussions.
As National issues impacting Opticians have arisen, it has been beneficial to have a National unified voice that can speak to these issues. We are proud to be members of the OAA and look forward to a strong relationship in the future.
Your POF Membership also gives you membership to the OAA. Become a member today.
Professional Opticians of Florida is committed to continuing our proud tradition of offering only high-quality education with our “home study” courses that are hosted on pofCE.org.
Only top instructors in the optical profession were asked to research and write courses that are interesting and relevant to you. Each course has been reviewed by a panel of experts to ensure that all information is the most accurate and up-to-date.
All home study courses available on pofCE.org are approved by the Florida Board of Opticianry for the renewal of your Florida optician's license. Florida provider 50-1645.