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, 2020
    • December 31, 2020
    • 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.
    • April 14, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Webinar-Online
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    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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    • May 02, 2020
    • 8:30 AM
    • May 03, 2020
    • 3:30 PM
    • Safety Harbor Resort & Spa 105 N. Bayshore Dr Safety Harbor, FL 34695 (727) 726-1161


    LIVE ABO/NCLE Basic Certification Exam Prep Courses:

    May 2nd & 3rd, 2020

    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. 

    NCLE Basic Certification Exam Prep Course

    Saturday, May 2, 2020

    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

    ABO Basic Certification Exam Prep Course

    Sunday, May 3, 2020

    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

    More Information

    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 now by calling (727) 726-1161 and asking for in-house reservations.  Refer to the POF ABO/NCLE Review Group - Group #39L9FY 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.

    • June 05, 2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • June 07, 2020
    • 2:00 PM
    • Safety Harbor Resort & Spa, 105 North Bayshore Dr, Safety Harbor, FL 34695

    We are looking forward to seeing you and your colleagues at Safety Harbor Resort & Spa for another Professional Opticians of Florida

    exceptional education weekend. Earn all 20 required hours of education from highly respected practitioners and recognized industry leaders.

    You can look forward to multiple educational options every hour so that you can choose the topics and a schedule that fit your needs. There will be six hours available on Friday, eight on Saturday and six on Sunday.  We have scheduled a full, education-packed weekend for Opticians, Apprentice Opticians, and Student Opticians. 

    For Full Details on the Conference

    Schedule at a Glance

    Friday, June 5th -  Six hours of CE available

    10:00am    Registration Desk Opens

    12:00 n       CE Courses Start 

    6:00pm       Last CE course ends

    Saturday, June 6th -  Eight hours of CE available 

    7:30am       Registration Desk Opens

    8:00am       CE Courses Start 

    11:45am     Lunch provided in Exhibit Area

    1:30pm       CE Courses Resume  

    5:30pm        Happy Hour in Exhibit Area

    Sunday, June 7th -  Six hours of CE available

    7:30am       Registration Desk Opens

    8:00am       CE Courses Start 

    2:00pm        Last CE course ends

    Safety Harbor Resort & Spa

    105 N Bayshore Dr, Safety Harbor, FL 34695

    Phone: (727) 726-1161 ext 7100

    Driving Directions to Safety Harbor

    POF has negotiated a rate of $99 per night, no resort fee, free self parking and a 20% Spa discount for all attendees. Please use code POF/West Coast Better Vision.

    *Due to the popularity of this event's destination, Safety Harbor Resort & Spa sells out so please book early.

    Last day to book: Friday, May 8, 2020

    • June 05, 2020
    • 2:00 PM
    • June 07, 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, 105 N Bayshore Dr, Safety Harbor, FL 34695
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    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 Safety Harbor at POF’s  West Coast Better Vision 2020 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, May 28th  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:

     MORE on the Florida Apprentice Contact Lens Certificate Program

    105 N Bayshore Dr, Safety Harbor, FL 34695

    Phone: (727) 726-1161 ext 7100

    Provide Group Name POF/West Coast Better Vision when making your Reservation

    $99/ night

    Cut off for Reservations: May 8, 2020

    ·           Only 8 Miles from the Majestic Sands of Clearwater Beach

    ·         15 Minutes to St. Petersburg/ Clearwater International Airport (PIE)

    ·         Just 20 Minutes from Tampa International Airport (TPA)

    ·         Hotel rooms only $99/night

    ·         No Resort fees

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