2021 - 2022 Continuing Education Requirements for Florida Opticians








COVID-19 Online Home-Study Requirements for 2019-2020 

Important 2020 Licensing Info

December 28, 2020

**UPDATE** Per Emergency Order, DOH No. 20-015, the license expiration date for Opticians expiring December 31, 2020, is extended to March 31, 2021.

What does this mean for you?

All Opticians need to renew their license before midnight on Tuesday, March 31, 2021, to avoid a $125 late fee. We DO NOT recommend waiting for the last minute as CE Broker is experiencing many glitches, especially for those who are Board Certified. We have been working closely with the Board office and CE broker so they may resolve this issue. Please call the POF office at 850-201-2622 if you need any assistance.

May I complete my 2019/2020 CE requirements via home study until March 31, 2021?

Yes, 64B12-15.001(8) states, “For the biennium ending December 31, 2020, the restriction on permitting a maximum of 5 hours of continuing professional education, which may be earned from courses without classroom instruction, shall not be effective. All required continuing education hours may be earned by courses without classroom instruction.”

Once your education requirements are met, please click here to renew your DO license.

If you still need hours, please visit: https://pofce.org for over 30 hours of PDF courses to choose from or visit https://pofvirtualshow.com for over 40 hours of video courses to choose from. Both options are $7.50 per hour of education or visit https://pof.org/Virtual-Show for the option to purchase the entire 40+ course bundle for $117 for POF Members or $150 for the standard rate. You do not have to be a POF member to take hours from POF.


The current continuing education requirements for this biennium are as follows:

A. LAWS & RULES:

Two (2) hours must be on Florida laws & administrative rules governing the profession.

B. TECHNICAL:

At least eleven (11) hours shall be directly relating to the technical profession of Opticianry (i.e. dispensing, contact lens, etc.). Board Certified Opticians shall receive at least four (4) hours in contact lens theory and practice.

C. REDUCTION OF MEDICAL ERRORS:

Two (2) hours on and shall include a study of root-cause analysis, error reduction and prevention, and patient safety.

D. ELECTIVES COURSES:

Five (5) hours may be on any of the listed topic (A, B or E) or may be in a management, sales, stress management , risk management or marketing related topic.

E. AIDS/HIV EDUCATION:

One (1) hour AIDS/HIV training will now only be required for newly licensed opticians during their initial renewal that CEs are required.


Initially Licensed Opticians (for first renewal only)

Opticians initially licensed in the first year of biennium (2021) are required to complete ten (10) hours of CE for their first license renewal, which must include one (1) hour of HIV/AIDS education with a maximum of 3 hours from courses without classroom instruction.

5 hours must be directly related to the technical practice of opticianry

1 hour of HIV/AIDS education

2 hours must relate to the prevention of medical errors

2 hours of electives from the first 2 areas above or subjects relating to business management

A maximum of 3 hours of CE may be from courses without classroom instruction.

Opticians initially licensed in the second year of biennium (2022) are not required to complete CE requirements for the first licensure renewal. (License must expire same year it was issued for this to apply)

*This is a summary only - Please consult rule 64B12-15.003 of the Florida Administrative Code, Standards For Continuing Education. For additional information, contact:

The Florida Board of Opticianry:

Department of Health
Board of Opticianry
4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin C-08
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3258
Phone (850) 245-4292


Visit the Board's website


ABOUT MAINTAINING AND REPORTING YOUR CE HOURS

All credit hours must be earned within the biennium for which they are claimed.

The Florida Department of Health has developed a continuing education tracking system operated by CEBroker.com to confirm that all Florida health care licensees have met their biennial continuing education requirements, BEFORE licensees will be able to renew their license at the end of 2022. All approved are required providers are required to submit licensee course completion data electronically within (30) days of course completion.

POF now submits well within 15 days of a statewide event. Florida Department of Health will not renew the license of any licensee who has not met the requirements for renewal as specified in the licensee’s applicable practice act by the required renewal date.

NOTE: Each licensee is still responsible for maintaining proof of completion of each continuing education course attended. If necessary, proof of attendance may be used for the purposes of an audit or to correct Department records. POF also retains a copy of all your POF education if needed as a service to our members.


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