Educational Options Available to Florida Apprentice Opticians
Each of the 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. Proof of attendance must be submitted to the Board.
d) The Apprentice Contact Lens Certificate Program satisfies Florida’s apprenticeship training requirement to become a Licensed Optician. Completion of the Apprentice Contact Lens Certificate Program is required for an apprentice whose sponsor is not Florida Board Certified for Contact Lenses. Upon completion, apprentices will earn 160 work hours towards their apprenticeship training program.
MORE INFORMTION ON APPRENTICE PROGRAMS/REQUIREMENTS HERE:
Florida Apprentice Contact Lens Certificate Program
Apprentice/Sponsor Orientation Webinar
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.
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