CE Calendar/Events

Upcoming POF events

    • 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.

    For additional details about the POF Online Exam Prep courses visit  https://pof.org/Online-ABO/NCLE-Reviews 

    Your email confirmation will include information on accessing the review courses.
    • February 01, 2018
    • 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.
    • May 18, 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • May 20, 2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • Safety Harbor Resort & Spa
    Register

    We are looking forward to seeing you and 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 

    2:00pm        Last CE course ends


    For Full Details on the Conference


    The Safety Harbor Resort is Sold Out of hotel rooms for our event.   We have reserved a number of rooms for additional guests at the closes hotel property to the conference at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott

    Fairfield Inn and Suites -  Clearwater Bayside
    3070 Gulf to Bay Blvd
    Clearwater, Florida 33759

    727-724-6223

    • Free High Speed Internet
    • Free breakfast
    • Fitness Center

    POF rate $97 per night – 2 dbl queen beds  if reserved before April 26, 2018 by calling 727-724-6223 or 


    Book your Fairfield Inn room online now

    • May 20, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Best Western Kendall Airport, 13700 SW 139 Court, Miami, FL 33186
    • 99
    Register

    Miami Dade Chapter Presents Five hours of Continuing Education

    Date: Sunday, May 20
    Time: 9:00am to 2:30pm
    Location: Best Western Kendall Airport
    137000 SW 139 Court, Miami, FL 33186


    8:45am – 9:00am Registration Open

    9:00am – 10:00am - 
    Quality Ophthalmic Frame Construction
    Edward August, LDO – 1 Hour Technical

    10:00am – 11:00am   -  Redefining HI Index Tribrid
    Edward August, LDO – 1 Hour Technical

    11:00am – 12:00pm  -  Blue Light and Sunwear
    Edward August, LDO – 1 Hour Technical

    12:00pm – 1:00pm - Corneal Curves and Contact Lenses
    Edward August, LDO – 1 Hour Contact Lenses

    1:30pm – 2:30pm - Providing Ideal Customer Service and Overcoming Objections
    Raymond Castro, BC, LDO – 1 Hour Elective


    POF Members Discounted Rate - $25  Must be a POF member on the day of education. 
    Standard Rate - $75 

    Registrations received after Monday, May 14th add $15 to the above rates

    The Luxottica Associates can find the direct bill code on the POF.org/LUX page.

    Registrations after May 17th will need to RSVP with Ray Castro at Ray.the.Optician@gmail.com  

    • July 18, 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Glory Days Grill, 14457 N. Dale Mabry Hwy Tampa, FL 33618 813-374-0123

    WEST COAST CHAPTER PRESENTS CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS


    Sclera! Lenses-Large, Amazing, A MUST!

    Two (2) Hours of Technical: Contact Lens @ 6:30pm 

    Speaker: Stuart Harrell, OD


    DATE:              Wednesday, July 18, 2018 
    TIME:               6:30PM  EDUCATION 
                                    
    LOCATION:  Glory Days Grill

    14457 N. Dale Mabry Hwy

    Tampa, FL 33618

    813-374-0123


      *Seating is limited*

    Please contact Atala Valdes at atalawcpof@yahoo.com or call 813-935-4055 to RSVP.

    • August 03, 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • August 05, 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • The Plaza Resort & Spa
    Register

    Your friends at Professional Opticians of Florida looks forward to you joining us at the Summer Showcase 2018  as we return to the beautiful The Plaza Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach as we put together the best educational speakers in Opticianry for this weekend event.

    SUMMER SHOWCASE HIGHLIGHTS

    • Over 30 different CE topics will be offered, giving you plenty of options
    • Hands On Frame Fitting & Adjusting Workshop
    • World Class education available on the beach
    • All 20 of Florida’s required hours of continuing education in one weekend
    • The latest in eyewear fashions and accessories on display
    • ABO, NCLE, COPE & CPC approved courses
    • Flexible day rates, you only pay for the days you plan to attend
    • POF’s optician friendly payment options & 100% cancellation refund policy
    • Your education dollars support your profession locally & nationally


    For Full Details on  Summer Showcase 2018


    2018 Schedule at a Glance

    Friday, August 3rd -  Eight hours of CE available

    10:00am    Registration Desk Opens

    12:00 n       CE Courses noon to 9pm

    6:00pm       Dinner Break

    7:00pm       Two additional CE available

    Saturday, August 4th -  Eight hours of CE available 

    7:30am       Registration Desk Opens

    8:00am       CE Courses from 8am to 5:30pm

    11:45am     Lunch provided in Exhibit Area

    1:30pm       CE Courses Resume  

    5:30pm        Happy Hour in Exhibit Area

    Sunday, August 5th -  Five hours of CE available

    7:30am       Registration Desk Opens

    8:00am       CE Courses  8am to 1pm

    1:00pm       Last CE course ends


    For Full Details on  Summer Showcase Education 2018

    Location:

    The Plaza Resort & Spa

    600 N Atlantic Ave

    Daytona Beach, FL 32118

    (844) 284-2685


    Professional Opticians of Florida has negotiated an excellent rate of $129/ night plus a $15 Resort Fee.


    Online Reservations


    Or make your reservation by calling 1-866-500-5630 and asking for the PROFESSIONAL OPTICIANS room block


    For Full Details on Summer Showcase Accommodations 2018


    • August 03, 2018
    • 3:00 PM
    • August 05, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Summer Showcase & Contact Lens Symposium
    • 18
    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, July 30:     6:30 - 9:30pm Live Online Webinar*

    Friday, Aug 3:       3:00 - 8:00pm at Summer Showcase & Contact Lens Symposium, Classroom & Hands-on

    Saturday, Aug 4:   9:00 - 5:00pm at Summer Showcase & Contact Lens Symposium, Classroom & Hands-on

    Sunday,Aug 5:    9:00 - Noon at Summer Showcase & Contact Lens Symposium, 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. 


    LOCATION: 

    Monday, July 30:

    Live Webinar


    Friday, Saturday & Sunday, August 3-5

    Summer Showcase & Contact Lens Symposium





    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 $129 plus $15 Resort Fee will be available to our group. 


    Additional Information

    Register for Course

    Register for Hotel

    The Plaza Resort & Spa

    600 N Atlantic Ave,

    Daytona Beach, FL 32118

    Phone: (844) 284-2685

    HOTEL RESERVATIONS A reduced room rate of $129 plus $15 Resort Fee will be available to our group. You can make hotel reservations by calling (844) 284-2685 and advising the hotel you are with POF to receive the reduced rate or click above to book online



    • August 03, 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • August 05, 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • 2018 Summer Showcase at The Plaza Resort & Spa on Daytona Beach
    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) and the Contact Lens Society of America (CLSA)  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 in Daytona Beach at POF’s Summer Showcase 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. 


    Clinical Workshop Schedule:

    Friday August 3, 2018  5pm-8pm

    Florida & Federal Laws and Rules, Professional Ethics

    Saturday August 4, 2018   9am-5pm

    Anatomy & Physiology, Pathology, Keratometer, Slit Lamp

    Sunday August 5, 2018   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 Thursday, August 2nd  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 Downloadable Form

     MORE on the Florida Apprentice Contact Lens Certificate Program


    Register online, by phone, or mail or fax in our convenient PDF Registration Form.
    • August 04, 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • August 05, 2018
    • 3:30 PM
    • Summer Showcase at The Plaza Resort & Spa, 600 N. Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32118
    Register


    LIVE ABO/NCLE Examination Review Courses:

    August 4 & 5, 2018

    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, August 42018

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

    ABO Examination Review Course

    Sunday, August 52018

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

    The Plaza Resort & Spa 

    600 N Atlantic Ave, 

    Daytona Beach, FL 32118

    Phone: (844) 284-2685

    HOTEL RESERVATIONS: A reduced room rate of $129 plus $15 Resort Fee will be available to our group. You can make hotel reservations by calling (844) 284-2685 and advising the hotel you are with POF to receive the reduced rate or click below to book online 

    Book Hotel Now

    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.

    • November 02, 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • November 04, 2018
    • 3:00 PM
    • Bonaventure Resort & Spa, 250 Racquet Club Rd, Weston, FL 33326
    Register


    This year's Vision Preview 2018 will be hosted at the Bonaventure Resort & Spa  which is located at 250 Racquet Club Rd, Weston, FL 33326

    Vision Preview 2018 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 (954) 389-3300  to reserve a POF discounted Deluxe Guestroom at the reduced rate of $139. 


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

    • Vision Preview  offers you the best in Optical Education available anywhere.


    Full Details on Vision Preview 2018

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


    • November 03, 2018
    • 11:45 AM
    • November 04, 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Bonaventure Resort & Spa, 250 Racquet Club Rd, Weston, FL 33326
    Register

    Tabletop Exhibits at Vision Preview 2018

    Tabletop exhibit fee includes a 8' by 10' booth.   1 sign and 4 representative name badges per show. Additional representatives are $25 each. Electricity is NOT included . 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.

    Exhibit times are Saturday from noon to 3pm & 5pm to 7pm.

    Sunday 11am to 1pm



Past POF events

April 22, 2018 Jacksonville Chapter Education
April 21, 2018 Space Coast Chapter Education
April 18, 2018 West Coast Chapter Education
April 17, 2018 Apprentice/Sponsor Orientation Webinar
March 22, 2018 West Coast Chapter Education
March 09, 2018 2018 Spring Spectacle Conference
February 25, 2018 Miami Chapter Continuing Education Event
February 22, 2018 Miami Chapter Continuing Education Event
December 10, 2017 Space Coast Chapter Education
December 09, 2017 Space Coast Chapter Education
December 01, 2017 Contact Lens Fitting Course for Board Certification
November 15, 2017 West Coast Chapter Education
October 28, 2017 Exhibitor - Vision Preview 2017
October 28, 2017 ABO/NCLE Exam Review (Live)
October 27, 2017 Florida Apprentice Contact Lens Certificate Program @ Vision Preview
October 27, 2017 2017 Vision Preview Conference
October 18, 2017 West Coast Chapter Education
September 24, 2017 Gulf Coast Chapter Education
September 20, 2017 West Coast Chapter Education
September 09, 2017 Space Coast Chapter Education
August 16, 2017 West Coast Chapter Education
August 03, 2017 Miami Chapter Continuing Education Event
July 20, 2017 West Coast Chapter Education
June 25, 2017 Gulf Coast Chapter Education
June 21, 2017 West Coast Chapter Education
May 20, 2017 ABO/NCLE Exam Review (Live)
May 19, 2017 Florida Apprentice Contact Lens Certificate Program @ West Coast Conf.
May 19, 2017 2017 West Coast Better Vision Conference
April 19, 2017 West Coast Chapter Education
April 18, 2017 Central Florida Chapter Education Event
April 08, 2017 Space Coast Chapter Education
March 29, 2017 Vision Care-Technology/Opticianry Program
March 09, 2017 Miami Chapter Continuing Education Event
February 25, 2017 Space Coast Chapter Education

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