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.
    • 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
    • 15

    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.

    Book Hotel Now


    • January 06, 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • February 04, 2020
    • 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

    January 6

    January 13

    January 20

    January 27

    February 3

    February 4

    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


    • January 08, 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • February 06, 2020
    • 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

    January 8

    January 15

    January 23

    January 29

    February 5

    February 6

    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

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