CE Calendar/Events

Upcoming POF events

    • January 01, 2023
    • December 31, 2023
    • 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.


    POF is happy to offer an optician-friendly cancellation policy. If you need to cancel for any reason, POF will give you a 100% credit towards a future event, no explanation needed. Just send us a note confirming you cannot attend & we will credit your account after the event.


    • February 02, 2023
    • 1:00 PM
    • February 06, 2023
    • 8:00 AM
    • Port of Tampa, 651 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602
    • 0

    CE's on the Seas 2023

    Join POF on our Maiden Voyage

    Sailing out of Tampa, FL to Cozumel, MX



                              



    Join us on Carnival Cruise Lines

    Carnival Paradise 

    *All prices are based on double occupancy. Port fees and taxes are included (gratuities not included)

    Interior Cabin- Starting as low as $334.16

    Port Hole Cabin - Starting as low as $339.16

    Oceanview - Starting as low as $379.16

    Balcony & Suite - Pricing offered at best available rate.

    Book prior to November 10 with a deposit to secure your desired cabin, with full payment due November 30, 2022.

    Call Carnival Cruise Line Group Sailing at 1-866-721-3225, option 2 for cruise information

    Group Name: POF

    Group Booking Number:X57FG6 In order to receive special group incentives and gifts, you must book in the POF group block via the group phone number provided and not online.  Please check that your cabin confirmation states "Group Booking No: X57FG6" listed under your email address. 

    Cruise Itinerary:

    Thursday, Feb 2 - Depart Port of Tampa, FL -4:00 PM - 4 hours of education

    Friday, Feb 3 - Fun Day at Sea & 6 hours of education

    Saturday, Feb 4 -Cozumel, Mexico   - 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM

    Sunday, Feb 5 - Fun Day at Sea & 6 hours of education

    Monday, Feb 6 - Arrive Port of Tampa, FL - 8:00 AM -disembark


     

     20 hours of approved Florida and ABO/NCLE credit* while having FUN!

    Education Fees:

    ·         Members -$100

    ·         Standard - $200

    Due to the nature of this event,

    event education registration fees are non refundable

    *2 hours of Florida Laws & Rules and 2 hours of Reduction of Medical Errors will be offered as a take-to-cabin course and exam.  If you turn in your exam by the end of the cruise, you will receive your CE slip for credit before you disembark.  Those who prefer to complete those courses at your leisure will be given the option to take the courses as home study courses on pofce.org free of charge or to attend the two courses at any live POF event in the 2023-2024 biennium free of charge.

    MORE INFORMATION

    • February 21, 2023
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Hillsborough Community College - Dale Mabry Campus, 4001 W Tampa Bay Blvd, Tampa, FL 33614
    Register

      

    WEST COAST CHAPTER PRESENTS

    2 HOURS OF CONTINUING EDUCATION

    Drive-in Style

    February 21, 2023


    HCC Dale Mabry Campus

    4001 W Tampa Bay Blvd

    Tampa, FL 33614

    Allied Health Science Bldg.


    Sponsored by:



    * Bring chairs for a tailgate experience

    * Includes Dinner

    * Space is limited!  Register early!!


    6:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. - Registration & Parking

    6:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  - Welcome & Meal Delivery to Car 

    7:00 p.m. - 7:50 p.m. - An Opticians Guide to Fitting Scleral Lenses

    Technical Dispensing: Contact Lens - Dr. Stuart Harrell, O.D.

    8:00 p.m. – 8:50 p.m.  - Optical College Bowl

    Technical Dispensing - Professor Laurie Pierce, ABOM, LDO


    Members - $30.00         

    Non members - $30.00 + $20.00 per hour of education

    *Rates increase $10 one week prior to the event-Early registration is recommended  

    *No Onsite Registrations*

    POF is happy to offer an optician-friendly cancellation policy. If you need to cancel for any reason, POF will give you a 100% credit towards a future event, no explanation needed. Just send us a note confirming you cannot attend & we will credit your account after the event.


    (CE Provider #50-1645)

    • February 28, 2023
    • 7:00 PM
    • April 11, 2023
    • 9:00 PM
    • Online Webinar
    Register

    NCLE Basic Certification Exam Review Webinar Series:

    Professional Opticians of Florida is pleased to offer the NCLE Exam Review Webinar Series.  This NCLE webinar series consists of 6 - (2) hour sessions instructed by, Thomas Neff, an HCC Opticianry program instructor.  Your instructor will help you prepare for the NCLE exam by teaching appropriate materials and answering any questions  in advance of your exam.


    NCLE Basic Certification Exam Review Webinar Series

    February 28

    March 7

    March 21

    March 28

    April 4

    April 11

    Webinar Hours: 7 - 9pm

    This course will prepare the candidate for the NCLE Basic Certification Examination.

    Topics will include:


    Domain I -

    • Ocular Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology of the eye as it pertains to contact lens wear and

    Domain II -

    • Refractive errors regarding ametropias and optical conditions related to contact lenses.

    Domain III -

    • Pre-fitting techniques will be discussed to evaluate the relationship between the corneal readings and the refractive error to identify the possible need for specialty materials and designs.

    Domain V and VI –

    • Will discuss the diagnostic fitting and dispensing of both soft and rigid lenses, including aftercare, wearing schedules and patient hygiene.
    • This Domain will also include the use of instruments, tests and evaluation procedures.

    Domain VII –

    • Will discuss follow-up and problem solving protocol as it relates to normal and abnormal symptoms and

    Domain VIII –

    • Will discuss the legal aspects of contact lenses and tolerance standards utilized in contact lens fitting.

    For more information on the NCLE/ABO Exam Review

    • March 02, 2023
    • 7:00 PM
    • April 13, 2023
    • 9:00 PM
    • Online Webinar
    Register

    ABO Basic Certification Exam Review Webinar Series:

    Professional Opticians of Florida is pleased to offer the ABO Basic Certification Exam Review Webinar Series.  This ABO Basic Certification Webinar Series consists of 6 - (2) hour sessions instructed by, Thomas Neff, an HCC Opticianry program instructor.  Your instructor will help you prepare for the ABO exam by teaching appropriate materials and answering any questions  in advance of your exam.

    ABO Basic Certification Exam Review Webinar Series

    March 2

    March 9

    March 23

    March 30

    April 6

    April 13

    Webinar Hours: 7 - 9pm

    This review course covers the core areas of knowledge to assist in preparation for the ABO Basic Certification Exam.  Topics reviewed include:


    I. Ophthalmic Optics

    • Terminology
    • Lens characteristics, powers and formulas
    • Multifocals
    • Lens Materials
    • Prism

    II. Ocular Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology

    • Structure of the eye and function
    • Refractive errors

    III. Ophthalmic Products

    • Lenses & Frames
    • Applying produce Knowledge
    • Verifying frame and lens parameters

    IV. Instrumentation

    • Use of lens power devices
    • Select ophthalmic tool, instruments, and equipment
    • Use and maintain ophthalmic tool, instruments, and equipment

    V. Dispensing Procedure

    • Visual needs for lifestyle and occupational activities
    • Fitting, adjusting, measuring, and verification

    VI. Laws, Regulations, and Standards


    For more information on the ABO/NCLE Basic Certification Exam Reviews


    Click Here


    • April 18, 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Webinar-Online
    Register

    All Florida Apprentices are required to attend an approved two-hour Apprentice/Sponsor Orientation course within one year of registering for

    their program. This webinar will fulfill your orientation course requirement and it includes the latest requirements, current deadlines, new exam updates and educational options for Apprentices.

    A limited number of spaces are available during the webinar, and they will be offered on a first-come first-served basis. Sponsors of Apprentices can participate on the space available basis, however, this webinar will NOT be available for CE credit to Florida Opticians.

    This webinar is FREE to all Future Optician Members of POF and the standard rate of only $29 for Apprentices that are not members of POF. Join POF as a Future Optician Member for only $45 a year for the many benefits, including this Webinar. 

    Join POF


    • May 05, 2023
    • 10:00 AM
    • May 07, 2023
    • 2:00 PM
    • Safety Harbor Resort & Spa, 105 North Bayshore Dr, Safety Harbor, FL 34695
    Register

    We are looking forward to seeing you and your colleagues at the Safety Harbor Resort & Spa for West Coast Better Vision 2023.

    You can look forward to multiple educational options every hour so that you can choose the topics and a schedule that fit your needs. We have scheduled a full, education-packed weekend for Opticians, Apprentice Opticians, and Student Opticians.


    For Full Details on West Coast Better Vision Click Here 


    Schedule at a Glance


    Friday, May 5, 2023

    10:00 am Registration Desk Opens

    12:00 pm CE Courses Start 

    Saturday, May 6, 2023 

    7:30 am Registration Desk Opens

    8:00 am CE Courses Start 

    11:45 am Lunch & Trade Show

    Once education ends on Saturday, please join us for Happy Hour in the Trade Show followed by Rock with the Doc and The Pupils 

    Sunday, May 7, 2023

    7:30am Registration Desk Opens

    8:00am CE Courses Start 


      105 N. Bayshore Dr, Safety Harbor, FL 34695

      727-726-1161 Ext 7100 or In-House Reservations

      Group #: POF/West Coast Better Vision Group

      Please book by April 2, 2023

      *Do Not Book Online*

      *Book Early as the Hotel Sells Out*


      For the West Coast Better Vision Education Schedule Click Here 


      Driving Directions to Safety Harbor



      POF is happy to offer an optician-friendly cancellation policy. If you need to cancel for any reason, POF will give you a 100% credit towards a future event, no explanation needed. Just send us a note confirming you cannot attend & we will credit your account after the event.

      • August 22, 2023
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • Webinar-Online
      Register

      All Florida Apprentices are required to attend an approved two-hour Apprentice/Sponsor Orientation course within one year of registering for

      their program. This webinar will fulfill your orientation course requirement and it includes the latest requirements, current deadlines, new exam updates and educational options for Apprentices.

      A limited number of spaces are available during the webinar, and they will be offered on a first-come first-served basis. Sponsors of Apprentices can participate on the space available basis, however, this webinar will NOT be available for CE credit to Florida Opticians.

      This webinar is FREE to all Future Optician Members of POF and the standard rate of only $29 for Apprentices that are not members of POF. Join POF as a Future Optician Member for only $45 a year for the many benefits, including this Webinar. 

      Join POF


      • September 08, 2023
      • 10:00 AM
      • September 10, 2023
      • 2:00 PM
      • Daytona Grande Oceanfront Resort, 422 N. Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32118
      Register

      Your friends at Professional Opticians of Florida look forward to you joining us at Summer Showcase 2023  at The Daytona Grande Oceanfront Resort! We put together the best educational speakers in Opticianry for this weekend's event.


      For Full Details on  Summer Showcase Click Here


      Schedule at a Glance


      Friday, September 8th 

      10:00 am Registration Desk Opens

      12:00 pm CE Courses Start 

      Saturday, September 9th 

      7:30 am Registration Desk Opens

      8:00 am CE Courses Start 

      11:45 am Lunch & Trade Show

      Once education ends on Saturday, please join us for Happy Hour in the Trade Show followed by Opticians After Dark  

      Sunday, September 10th

      7:30am Registration Desk Opens

      8:00am CE Courses Start 


      For the  Summer Showcase Education Schedule Click Here

      The Daytona Grande Oceanfront Resort

      422 N. Atlantic Ave

      Daytona Beach, FL 32118

      (386) 271-7979

      Please call The Daytona Grande Oceanfront Resort 386-271-7979 and ask for the Professional Opticians of Florida group rate of $159 per night, or click below to book online.  Please book before TBD, 2023.  




      • No Resort Fees





      Booking Information Coming Soon


      POF is happy to offer an optician-friendly cancellation policy. If you need to cancel for any reason, POF will give you a 100% credit towards a future event, no explanation needed. Just send us a note confirming you cannot attend & we will credit your account after the event.

      • September 08, 2023
      • 12:00 PM
      • September 10, 2023
      • 2:00 PM
      • Daytona Grande Oceanfront Resort, 422 N. Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32118
      • 24
      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

      Tuesday, September 5:     6:30 - 9:30pm Live Online Webinar*

      Friday,  September 8:       Noon - 5:00pm at Summer Showcase, Classroom & Hands-on

      Saturday,  September 9:   9:00 - 5:00pm at Summer Showcase, Classroom & Hands-on

      Sunday, September 10:    9:00 - 2:00pm at Summer Showcase, Classroom

        



      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

       

      Additional Information

      LOCATION: 

      The Daytona Grande Oceanfront Resort

      422 N. Atlantic Ave

      Daytona Beach, FL 32118

      (386) 271-7979

      Please call The Daytona Grande Oceanfront Resort 386-271-7979 and ask for the Professional Opticians of Florida group rate of $159 per night, or click below to book online.  Please book before TBD, 2023.  

      Driving Directions to Hotel




      • No Resort Fees

      Booking Information Coming Soon




      POF is happy to offer an optician-friendly cancellation policy. If you need to cancel for any reason, POF will give you a 100% credit towards a future event, no explanation needed. Just send us a note confirming you cannot attend & we will credit your account after the event.

      • September 08, 2023
      • 12:00 PM
      • September 10, 2023
      • 4:00 PM
      • Daytona Grande Oceanfront Resort, 422 N. Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32118
      • 25
      Register

      Florida Apprentice Contact Lens Certificate Program

      POF's  32 hours of training in Contact Lenses meets and exceeds the Apprenticeship Requirements and Training Program for an Apprentice with a sponsor that is not Board Certified. (FL Admin Rule 64B12-16.003)

      Professional Opticians of Florida (POF)  has formulated 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 in Safety Harbor at POF’s  Summer Showcase 2023 Event

      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. 


      Be sure to register for the Certificate program now and complete the 13 hours of training online in Part 1 before live clinicals  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.



       MORE on the Florida Apprentice Contact Lens Certificate Program

      The Daytona Grande Oceanfront Resort

      422 N. Atlantic Ave

      Daytona Beach, FL 32118

      (386) 271-7979

      Please call The Daytona Grande Oceanfront Resort 386-271-7979 and ask for the Professional Opticians of Florida group rate of $159 per night, or click below to book online.  Please book before TBD, 2023.  




      • No Resort Fees





      Booking Information Coming Soon

      POF is happy to offer an optician-friendly cancellation policy. If you need to cancel for any reason, POF will give you a 100% credit towards a future event, no explanation needed. Just send us a note confirming you cannot attend & we will credit your account after the event.


      POF is happy to offer an optician-friendly cancellation policy. If you need to cancel for any reason, POF will give you a 100% credit towards a future event, no explanation needed. Just send us a note confirming you cannot attend & we will credit your account after the event.



      • September 09, 2023
      • 8:30 AM
      • September 10, 2023
      • 3:30 PM
      • Daytona Grande Oceanfront Hotel, 422 N. Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32118
      Register

       

      LIVE ABO/NCLE Basic Certification Exam Prep Courses:

      September 9 & 10, 2023

      POF, in conjunction with the National Federation of Opticianry Schools (NFOS), is pleased to offer ABO and NCLE live Basic Certification 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. 


      ABO Basic Certification Exam Prep Course

      September 9, 2023

      8:15 am Attendee check-in

      8:30 -12:00 pm Welcome & Instruction: Exam Review

      12:00 -1:00 pm Lunch on your own

      1:00 -3:25 pm Instruction: Exam Review

      3:25 -3:30 pm Evaluations, Wrap up & Thank you


      NCLE Basic Certification Exam Prep Course

      September 10, 2023

      8:15 am Attendee check-in

      8:30 -12:00 pm Welcome & Instruction: Exam Review

      12:00 -1:00 pm Lunch on your own

      1:00 -3:25 pm Instruction: Exam Review

      3:25 -3:30 pm Evaluations, Wrap up & Thank you


      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.


      The Daytona Grande Oceanfront Resort

      422 N. Atlantic Ave

      Daytona Beach, FL 32118

      (386) 271-7979

      Please call The Daytona Grande Oceanfront Resort 386-271-7979 and ask for the Professional Opticians of Florida group rate of $159 per night, or click below to book online.  Please book before TBD, 2023.  




      • No Resort Fees





      Booking Information Coming Soon

      POF is happy to offer an optician-friendly cancellation policy. If you need to cancel for any reason, POF will give you a 100% credit towards a future event, no explanation needed. Just send us a note confirming you cannot attend & we will credit your account after the event.

      • March 01, 2024
      • 10:00 AM (CST)
      • March 03, 2024
      • 2:00 PM (CST)
      • The Island Ft Walton Destin by Hotel RL, 1500 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 Phone: (850) 337-9194
      Register


      Spring Spectacle will be hosted at the beautiful Island Ft Walton Destin by Hotel RL.  

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

      ·         Low Hotel Room Rates at the The Island, Ft Walton/ Destin by Hotel RL.  Starting as low as $125 per night, Resort fee waived, free parking and Wi-Fi. Must book room by February 1, 2024

      ·         Spring Spectacle  offers you the best in Optical Education available anywhere.

      ·         Earn all 20 CE hours for the renewal of your Florida license

      ·         World class education presented by the Nation's Leading Instructors 

      ·         Full Schedule of Education with eight hours of CE on Friday & Saturday

      ·         Apprentice/Sponsor Orientation & Hands-on Frame Fitting Workshop available

      ·         Visit International Optical Vendors & Suppliers at Spring Spectacle

      ·         Attend and support your profession 

      Full Details on Spring Spectacle 2024

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