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 Many Educational Opportunities 

Upcoming events

    • December 01, 2016
    • December 31, 2018
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • August 03, 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • August 05, 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • 2018 Summer Showcase at The Plaza Resort & Spa on Daytona Beach
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    The Apprentice Contact Lens Fitting Course  is SOLD OUT.

    Please call POF at 850-201-2622 or email admin@pof.org to join the waiting list for the next course in 2019.

    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. 


    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.

    The Apprentice Contact Lens Fitting Course is SOLD OUT.

    Please call POF at 850-201-2622 or email admin@pof.org to join the waiting list for the next course in 2019.


    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 Exam Prep 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 Exam Prep Course

    Saturday, August 42018

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

    ABO Exam Prep 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 $122 plus $22 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.

    • September 18, 2018
    • 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 and the online Reduction of Medical Error course at no charge (both $29 values).


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