Greetings! 2019 has arrived, bringing with it the new biennium and starting the clock for our required 20 hours of education for licensure renewal. It seems like just yesterday that we all met our education requirements, paid our fee, and received our new licenses and here we go again! I for one am not complaining, as I consider myself very blessed and am extremely grateful for this profession. Our upcoming education events for this year have all been well thought out and include some great new venues.
Our first online webinar event is the Apprentice\Sponsor Orientation course, which I will host along with Glenn from the POF HQ on April 16, 2019. This course will be packed with new information and updates regarding rule changes. Additionally, an ABO/NCLE exam prep with instructor Steven B. Indelicato and Rebecca Soto will be held May 4 & 5, 2019 in Safety Harbor and promises to be a fantastic prep course for future Opticians. Be sure to share this information with anyone who is preparing to take those exams.
The first major education event of 2019 is our West Coast Better Vision Conference, held once again at one of our favorite spots, Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, May 17-19, 2019. This is the first opportunity of the biennium to get all of the required 20 hours in one weekend with multiple fantastic instructors. The Florida Apprentice Contact Lens Certificate Program with master instructor Don Young is not to be missed and this course is only offered by POF!
I believe that every Florida Optician should utilize their license to the fullest, which includes being Board Certified. Board Certification helps keep our profession under the oversight of the Department of Health, working to protect, promote and improve the health of all Floridians. The great news is that this course will be offered at the West Coast Better Vision Conference, so now is the time to make your plans to attend!
Summer Showcase has a new home this year at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, August 9 - 11, 2019, offering all oceanfront rooms! We are very excited about this great new education and vacation venue and I know that our vendors will love this place. And if that wasn’t enough great news …
Yes, it is true! We are finally going back to Ft. Lauderdale this fall for Vision Preview, November 8-10, 2019, at the Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina. Make sure to register early as this event will definitely sell out fast. We are very excited about this new venue and look forward to providing our members with lots of quality education along with lots of fun.
Jerry W. Campbell, LDO, ABOC, NCLEC
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POF Member Levels:
A Professional Member - $165
-Florida Licensed Optician
Affiliate Member - $75
-Supplier to Members & Not Florida Licensed
Associate Member - $85
-Certified by ABO, NCLE, COA, COT, and not Florida licensed
Future Optician: Apprentice - $45
-Must be enrolled in Apprentice Program with an active DA number assigned
Future Optician: Student - $10
- Currently Enrolled in an Opticianry Program as a student
Gold Professional Member - $650
- 5 Year Professional Subscription
Luxottica Associate Membership
-Direct bill program for full and part time Luxottica associates to have membership dues payment paid by Luxottica.
Retired Optician Member - $65
-Florida Licensed Optician & Over 67 years old and not working for pay.
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