Apprenticeship EDucation Options

Educational Options Available to Florida Apprentice Opticians

Each of these following methods can be applied towards the 6,240 hours of training to complete the apprenticeship program.

a) Hours earned while under the supervision of the sponsor(s) that is on the premises and all work produced is personally inspected and approved by a sponsor.

b) Time spent enrolled in opticianry courses at an accredited opticianry program may be substituted for apprenticeship time. Each credit hour earned shall count as 86.67 hours of apprenticeship time. One 3 credit class equals 260 hours of apprenticeship training. Online college programs are available.

c) Each approved CE hour counts as one hour of apprenticeship training. Up to a max. of 100 hours of CE credit. Proof of attendance must be submitted to the Board.

POF offers apprentices all the required courses needed for licensure.  The Saturday Apprentice Special is available during all of POF's state-wide conferences for one low price. 

West Coast Better Vision - Safety Harbor, Florida - May 18, 2019

Summer Showcase - Daytona Beach, Florida - August 10, 2019

Vision Preview - Fort Lauderdale, Florida - November 16, 2019




Upcoming events

    • January 01, 2019
    • December 31, 2020
    • 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 26, 2019
    • 8:30 AM
    • October 27, 2019
    • 3:30 PM
    • Safety Harbor Resort & Spa 105 N. Bayshore Dr Safety Harbor, FL 34695 (727) 726-1161
    Register

     

    LIVE ABO/NCLE Basic Certification Exam Prep Courses:

    October 26th & 27th, 2019

    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

    Saturday, October 26, 2019

    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

    Sunday, October 27, 2019

    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





    Safety Harbor Resort & Spa

    105 N. Bayshore Dr

    Safety Harbor, FL 34695

    (727) 726-1161


    HOTEL RESERVATIONS: A reduced room rate of $119 will be available to our group. You can make hotel reservations by calling (727) 726-1161 and advising the hotel you are with POF/ ABO & NCLE Review Group to receive the reduced rate. 


    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 15, 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • November 17, 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, 321 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, (954) 467-1111
    • 18
    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 Fort Lauderdale at POF’s  Vision Preview 2019 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 Thursday, Nov 11th  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



    The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort


    HOTEL RESERVATIONS: A reduced room rate of $149.00, Self parking is $20 per overnight and $10 per day. You can make hotel reservations by calling (800) 937-8461 and advising the hotel you are with the POF/Vision Preview group to receive the reduced rate or click below to book online by October 25th, 2019.

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