Upcoming events

    • January 01, 2022
    • December 31, 2022
    • 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.


    POF is happy to offer an optician-friendly cancellation policy. If you need to cancel for any reason, POF will give you a 100% credit towards a future event, no explanation needed. Just send us a note confirming you cannot attend & we will credit your account after the event.


    • May 20, 2022
    • 10:00 AM
    • May 22, 2022
    • 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 the Safety Harbor Resort & Spa for West Coast Better Vision 2022.

    You can look forward to multiple educational options every hour so that you can choose the topics and a schedule that fit your needs. We have scheduled a full, education-packed weekend for Opticians, Apprentice Opticians, and Student Opticians.


    For Full Details on West Coast Better Vision Click Here 


    Schedule at a Glance


    Friday, May 20, 2022

    10:00 am Registration Desk Opens

    12:00 pm CE Courses Start 

    Saturday, May 21, 2022 

    7:30 am Registration Desk Opens

    8:00 am CE Courses Start 

    11:45 am Lunch & Trade Show

    Once education ends on Saturday, please join us for Happy Hour in the Trade Show followed by Rock with the Doc and The Pupils 

    Sunday, May 22, 2022

    7:30am Registration Desk Opens

    8:00am CE Courses Start 


    For the West Coast Better Vision Education Schedule Click Here 


    Driving Directions to Safety Harbor


    Due to the popularity of this event's destination, Safety Harbor Resort & Spa is sold out.  We have a limited room block at the Holiday Inn St Petersburgh,  N. Clearwater starting at $120 per night.  The Holiday  Inn is a short 14 minute drive (8.7 miles) from the conference. 

    Overflow Hotel

    Holiday Inn St Peterburg, N. Clearwater

    3535 Ulmerton Rd

    Clearwater, FL 33762

    (727) 577-9100


    *Book before April 29, 2022

    *ask for the Professional Opticians of Florida rate

    Book Room

    POF is happy to offer an optician-friendly cancellation policy. If you need to cancel for any reason, POF will give you a 100% credit towards a future event, no explanation needed. Just send us a note confirming you cannot attend & we will credit your account after the event.


    • May 20, 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • May 22, 2022
    • 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)  has formulated 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 19th, 2022  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.



     MORE on the Florida Apprentice Contact Lens Certificate Program

    Due to the popularity of this event's destination, Safety Harbor Resort & Spa is sold out.  We have a limited room block at the Holiday Inn St Petersburgh,  N. Clearwater starting at $120 per night.  The Holiday  Inn is a short 14 minute drive (8.7 miles) from the conference. 

    Overflow Hotel

    Holiday Inn St Peterburg, N. Clearwater

    3535 Ulmerton Rd

    Clearwater, FL 33762

    (727) 577-9100


    *ask for the Professional Opticians of Florida rate

    Book Room


    POF is happy to offer an optician-friendly cancellation policy. If you need to cancel for any reason, POF will give you a 100% credit towards a future event, no explanation needed. Just send us a note confirming you cannot attend & we will credit your account after the event.



    • May 20, 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • May 22, 2022
    • 2:00 PM
    • West Coast Better Vision 2022, Safety Harbor Resort & Spa, 105 North Bayshore Drive, Safety Harbor, FL 34695
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    FLORIDA's 20 HOUR CONTACT LENS

    FITTING COURSE   For Florida Board Certification

    A 20 hour course covering state-of-the-art contact lens technologies and fitting techniques presented by the Professional Opticians of Florida.

    Become a Florida Board Certified Optician

    Earn the required 20 hours of training for your State Board of Opticianry Certification. This course fulfills the educational requirement to enable Florida opticians to fill, fit, adapt, and dispense contact lenses without the supervision of the prescriber. FL Statue 484.002(6)

    Education Schedule: New format with an advance live online webinar

    Monday, May 16:     6:30 - 9:30pm Live Online Webinar*

    Friday,  May 20:       Noon - 5:00pm at West Coast Better Vision, Classroom & Hands-on

    Saturday,  May 21:   9:00 - 5:00pm at West Coast Better Vision, Classroom & Hands-on

    Sunday, May 22:    9:00 - 2:00pm at West Coast Better Vision, Classroom

      



    The course will include discussion and review of the following topics:

    • Optical anatomy and physiology
    • Indications and contra-indications of contact lens fitting
    • Identification of abnormal responses secondary to contact lens wear
    • Basic rigid and soft lens design
    • Fitting and follow-up care
    • Identify fluorescein contact lens patterns
    • Special lens designs and fittings
    • Review of clinical fitting case examples
    • 4 hour hands-on workshop with slit-lamps & keratometers

     

    Additional Information

    LOCATION: 

    Due to the popularity of this event's destination, Safety Harbor Resort & Spa is sold out.  We have a limited room block at the Holiday Inn St Petersburgh,  N. Clearwater starting at $120 per night.  The Holiday  Inn is a short 14 minute drive (8.7 miles) from the conference. 

    Overflow Hotel

    Holiday Inn St Peterburg, N. Clearwater

    3535 Ulmerton Rd

    Clearwater, FL 33762

    (727) 577-9100


    *ask for the Professional Opticians of Florida rate

    Book Room

     


    POF is happy to offer an optician-friendly cancellation policy. If you need to cancel for any reason, POF will give you a 100% credit towards a future event, no explanation needed. Just send us a note confirming you cannot attend & we will credit your account after the event.

    • June 05, 2022
    • 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • St Andrew Greek Orthodox Church
    • 28
    Register

      

    MIAMI CHAPTER PRESENTS

    4 HOURS OF CONTINUING EDUCATION

    Featuring: Professor Joe Simmons

    JUNE 5, 2022

    St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church

    7901 N. Kendall Dr.

    Miami, FL 33156



    12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  -  Florida Laws & Rules (Initial)

    Professor Joe Simmons - Two (2) Hours Laws & Rules


    2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  -  Defy the Glare, NEW Transitions XTRActive Polarized Lenses

    Stephen Apat, LDO - One (1) Hour Technical


    3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  -  HIV/AIDS: In The Optical Profession

    Professor Joe Simmons - One (1) Hour HIV/AIDS-Elective

     

    Members - $35.00 education included

     

    Nonmembers - $35.00 + $20.00 per hour


    *Rates increase $10 one week prior to the event-Early registration is recommended  

    *No Onsite Registrations*

    POF is happy to offer an optician-friendly cancellation policy. If you need to cancel for any reason, POF will give you a 100% credit towards a future event, no explanation needed. Just send us a note confirming you cannot attend & we will credit your account after the event.

    (CE Provider #50-1645)


    • June 08, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 11333 47th St, Clearwater, FL 33762
    • 38
    Register

    WEST COAST CHAPTER PRESENTS

    2 HOURS OF CONTINUING EDUCATION

    June 8, 2022


    Future Optics Lab

    11333 47th St

    Clearwater, FL 33762




    6:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  - Registration 

    6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  - Meal Provided

    7:00 p.m. - 8:40 p.m. - Lab Production Process & Tour

    Judy Lew, LDO - 2 Hours Technical

    *Meal provided

    Member Rate - $30.00         

    Standard Rate - $30.00 + $20.00 per hour of education


    *Rates increase $10 one week prior to the event-Early registration is recommended  

    *No Onsite Registrations*

    POF is happy to offer an optician-friendly cancellation policy. If you need to cancel for any reason, POF will give you a 100% credit towards a future event, no explanation needed. Just send us a note confirming you cannot attend & we will credit your account after the event.

    (CE Provider #50-1645)

    • June 12, 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Florida SouthWestern State College, Kenneth P. Walker-Health Sciences Hall, 8099 College Parkway, Ft Myers, FL 33919
    • 1
    Register

      

    GULF COAST CHAPTER PRESENTS

    4 HOURS OF CONTINUING EDUCATION

    JUNE 12, 2022


    Florida SouthWestern State College

    Kenneth P. Walker-Health Sciences Hall

    8099 College Parkway

    Ft Myers, FL 33919 


    9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.  -  Pillars of Customer Service

    Stephen Apat - One (1) Hour Elective


    10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.  -  Meet All Generations' Light Management Needs

    Stephen Apat - One (1) Hour Technical


    11:30 a.m. – 1:10 p.m.  -  Reduction of Medical Errors

    Christy Pinkney, Victoria Martin & Pamela Palmer

    Two (2) Hours Medical Errors


    Members - $35.00 education included

     

    Nonmembers - $35.00 + $20.00 per hour


    *Rates increase $10 one week prior to the event-Early registration is recommended  

    *No Onsite Registrations*

    POF is happy to offer an optician-friendly cancellation policy. If you need to cancel for any reason, POF will give you a 100% credit towards a future event, no explanation needed. Just send us a note confirming you cannot attend & we will credit your account after the event.

    (CE Provider #50-1645)


    • June 26, 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Freedom Optical, 4725 Fay Blvd, Cocoa, FL 32927
    • 33
    Register

      

    SPACE COAST CHAPTER PRESENTS

    4 HOURS OF CONTINUING EDUCATION

    Chapter Meeting & Elections

    June 26, 2022

    FREEDOM OPTICAL


    4725 Fay Blvd

    Cocoa, FL 32927


    Tropical theme! (Tropical dress suggested-NO Beachwear)

    Snacks, Beverages and RAFFLES!!


    8:00 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.  -  More Protection, Less Reflection

    John Zimmerman - One (1) Hour Technical


    9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.  -  The Sleeping Giant of Multiple Pair Sales -And How to Wake it Up!

    John Zimmerman - One (1) Hour Technical


    9:50 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  -  Chapter Meeting and Elections

     

    10:00 a.m. - 10:50 p.m.  -  Smart Life - The Evolution of Lens Design for Dynamic Connectivity

    John Zimmerman - One (1) Hour Technical


    11:00 a.m. - 11:50 p.m.  -  Spectacle Lens Solutions for Digital Eye Strain

    John Zimmerman - One (1) Hour Technical



    Members - $35.00 education included

     

    Nonmembers - $35.00 + $20.00 per hour


    *Rates increase $10 one week prior to the event-Early registration is recommended  

    *No Onsite Registrations*

    POF is happy to offer an optician-friendly cancellation policy. If you need to cancel for any reason, POF will give you a 100% credit towards a future event, no explanation needed. Just send us a note confirming you cannot attend & we will credit your account after the event.

    (CE Provider #50-1645)


    • July 16, 2022
    • 8:30 AM
    • July 17, 2022
    • 3:30 PM
    • Safety Harbor Resort & Spa 105 N. Bayshore Dr Safety Harbor, FL 34695 (727) 726-1161
    Register

     

    LIVE ABO/NCLE Basic Certification Exam Prep Courses:

    July 16 & 17, 2022

    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

    July 16, 2022

    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

    July 17, 2022

    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







    Safety Harbor Resort & Spa

    105 N. Bayshore Dr

    Safety Harbor, FL 34695

    (727) 726-1161 x 7100


    HOTEL RESERVATIONS: A reduced room rate of $119 will be available to our group. You can make hotel reservations by calling (727) 726-1161 and advising the hotel you are with POF/ ABO & NCLE Review Group 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.

    POF is happy to offer an optician-friendly cancellation policy. If you need to cancel for any reason, POF will give you a 100% credit towards a future event, no explanation needed. Just send us a note confirming you cannot attend & we will credit your account after the event.

    • August 12, 2022
    • 10:00 AM
    • August 14, 2022
    • 2:00 PM
    • The Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, 100 N Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach 32118
    Register


    Your friends at Professional Opticians of Florida look forward to you joining us at Summer Showcase 2022  at The Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort! We put together the best educational speakers in Opticianry for this weekend's event.


    For Full Details on  Summer Showcase Click Here


    Schedule at a Glance


    Friday, August 12th 

    10:00 am Registration Desk Opens

    12:00 pm CE Courses Start 

    Saturday, August 13th 

    7:30 am Registration Desk Opens

    8:00 am CE Courses Start 

    11:45 am Lunch & Trade Show

    Once education ends on Saturday, please join us for Happy Hour in the Trade Show followed by Rock with the Doc and The Pupils 

    Sunday, August 14th

    7:30am Registration Desk Opens

    8:00am CE Courses Start 


    For the  Summer Showcase Education Schedule Click Here

    The Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

    100 N Atlantic Ave

    Daytona Beach, FL 32118

    (386) 254-8200

    Please call The Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort toll free 386-254-8200 and ask for the Professional Opticians of Florida group rate of $143 per night, or click below to book online.  Please book before July 21,2022.  

    Hotel Booking Code: POF22



    • No Resort Fees
    • All Ocean view Rooms
    • WiFi in every room




    POF is happy to offer an optician-friendly cancellation policy. If you need to cancel for any reason, POF will give you a 100% credit towards a future event, no explanation needed. Just send us a note confirming you cannot attend & we will credit your account after the event.


    • September 11, 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Lake Jackson Community Center, 3840 N. Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL 32303
    • 48
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    TALLAHASSEE CHAPTER PRESENTS

    4 HOURS OF CONTINUING EDUCATION

    September 11, 2022

    LAKE JACKSON COMMUNITY CENTER

    3840 N. MONROE ST

    Tallahassee, FL 32303




    9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  -  More Protection, Less Reflection

    John Zimmerman - One (1) Hour Technical


    10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  -  Spectacle Lens Solutions for Digital Eye Strain

    John Zimmerman - One (1) Hour Technical


    11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  -  It All Becomes Clear- The Self Tinting Lens Opportunity

    John Zimmerman - One (1) Hour Technical

     

    12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  -  Smart Life - The Evolution of Lens Design for Dynamic Connectivity

    John Zimmerman - One (1) Hour Technical


    Members - $35.00 education included

     

    Nonmembers - $35.00 + $20.00 per hour


    *Rates increase $10 one week prior to the event-Early registration is recommended  

    *No Onsite Registrations*

    POF is happy to offer an optician-friendly cancellation policy. If you need to cancel for any reason, POF will give you a 100% credit towards a future event, no explanation needed. Just send us a note confirming you cannot attend & we will credit your account after the event.

    (CE Provider #50-1645)


    • September 20, 2022
    • 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. 

    Join POF

    POF is happy to offer an optician-friendly cancellation policy. If you need to cancel for any reason, POF will give you a 100% credit towards a future event, no explanation needed. Just send us a note confirming you cannot attend & we will credit your account after the event.

    • October 22, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 2525 Philippe Pkwy, Safety Harbor, FL 34695
    • 50
    Register


    Come Join Us for Food, Fun & Quality Optical Education



    PROFESSIONAL OPTICIANS OF FLORIDA'S WEST COAST CHAPTER PRESENTS

    Picnic in the Park

    2 HOURS OF CONTINUING EDUCATION

    October 22, 2022


    Philippe Park

    2525 Philippe Park

    Safety Harbor, FL 34695



    *In case of rain the CE's will be held at Future Lab, *


    9:45 am - 10:00 am - Registration 


    10:00 am - 11:40 am - The Geometry of Face Shape and the Science of Color-2 Hours Technical

    Laurie Pierce & Tom Bratteig


    11:45 am - Lunch


    Meal provided and served beginning at 11:45 a.m.

    Member Rate - $30.00         

    Standard Rate - $30.00 + $20.00 per hour of education

    *Rates increase $10 one week prior to the event-Early registration is recommended  

    *No Onsite Registrations*

    POF is happy to offer an optician-friendly cancellation policy. If you need to cancel for any reason, POF will give you a 100% credit towards a future event, no explanation needed. Just send us a note confirming you cannot attend & we will credit your account after the event.


    (CE Provider #50-1645)

    • November 18, 2022
    • 10:00 AM
    • November 20, 2022
    • 3:00 PM
    • The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, 321 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 Phone: (954) 467-1111
    Register

    The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort



    This year's Vision Preview 2022 will be hosted at the beautiful Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort.

    Vision Preview  offers you the best Optical Education available anywhere, you can earn all 20 CE hours in one weekend for the renewal of your Florida license.

    Here are just some of the benefits for you at this location.

    • Vision Preview  offers you the best in Optical Education available anywhere.


    Full Details on Vision Preview 2022


    The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort


    HOTEL RESERVATIONS:  The Westin is pleased to offer POF guests a reduced room rate of $159 with no resort fees.


    For those staying at the hotel, overnight self-parking is reduced to $20 per day.  Daily self-parking is reduced to $10 per day.

    Please use the link below to make your hotel reservations or call the hotel at 1-888-627-7108 and advise the hotel representative that you are with the Vision Preview 2022 group in order to receive the reduced rate.  Please book your room by Oct 17, 2022.

    Book Room


    POF is happy to offer an optician-friendly cancellation policy. If you need to cancel for any reason, POF will give you a 100% credit towards a future event, no explanation needed. Just send us a note confirming you cannot attend & we will credit your account after the event.

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