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. 

Summer Showcase - Daytona Beach, Florida - August 22, 2020

West Coast Better Vision - Safety Harbor, Florida - September 12, 2020

Vision Preview - Fort Lauderdale, Florida - October 24, 2020

Upcoming events

    • January 01, 2020
    • (EST)
    • December 31, 2020
    • (EST)
    • Online

    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.
    • August 31, 2020
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • December 31, 2020
    • 11:30 PM (EST)
    • Home Study

    Registration for the POF Virtual Shows is NOW OPEN!

    The Florida Board of Opticianry voted to adopt POF's proposed Emergency Rule to allow Florida Opticians the option to complete all their 2019-2020 continuing education requirements via home-study due to COVID-19. This emergency rule expires on December 31, 2020.

    What does this mean for you? You may complete your 2019-2020 education requirements in three different ways:

    1. Attend POF's live conferences

    2. Complete your requirements via the home-study courses listed in

    3. Complete your requirements via any POF Virtual Show

    4. Combine any method above

    Tell me more about the POF Virtual Shows?

    With one business day of registration, Virtual Show registrants will receive an email with a unique link to access all the amazing live event education content. All education content and videos may be viewed 24-hours a day and completed at your own paceNo PDF's to read, no tests to print and mail back.  Simply log in, watch the education video, and follow along with the PowerPoint presentation.  At the end of each education video, a short quiz will pop up right on your screen for completion.  Once you pass the quiz, you will automatically receive a copy of your continuing education slip.  POF will submit all your completed courses to CE Broker for tracking.

    Member - Virtual Show Education Access $117

    Standard (non-member) - Virtual Show Education Access $150

    Visit to register today!


    • Nearly 40 different CE topics will be offered, giving you plenty of options
    • All 20 of Florida’s required hours of continuing education
    • Complete on your time schedule
    • ABO, NCLE approved courses
    • POF’s optician friendly payment options & 100% cancellation refund policy (up to 72 hours in advance)
    • Your education dollars support your profession locally & nationally

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