Earned an Associate Degree in Opticianry
If you have earned an Associate’s degree in Opticianry, your next step is to request that an official transcript be sent from the accredited institution where you received your degree directly to the Board office, or it will not be considered official. The transcript must show that the degree was awarded.
Practiced in Another Licensed State
You must have been licensed to practice in another Licensed State for three (3) of the last five (5) years. The License/Certificate/Registration Verification form must be completed by the state(s) in which you hold or have ever held a license, certificate, or registration.
This form must be completed and sent directly to the Board of Opticianry office from the agency which issued the license, certificate, or registration, or it will not be considered official.
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Completed the Three-Year Apprenticeship Program
Upon the completion of the three-year Florida apprenticeship program, you will need to provide your apprentice (DA) number or a copy of your apprenticeship completion letter along with your completed application. (3-5 year program)
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Actively Practiced in an Unlicensed State
You must have actively practiced in a unlicensed State for at least five (5) of the last seven (7) years. If you practiced in a state that does not require a license, you will need to provide tax records, business records, affidavits, or other satisfactory documentation showing proof of practice of Opticianry.Application for Florida licensure
Important Florida Licensing Requirements
Additional Requirements to become a Licensed Optician in Florida
To become eligible for initial licensure, you must complete the following requirements:
◊ Successful completion of all parts of the examination for Florida licensure;
◊ The original certificate documenting successful completion of a two-hour laws and rules course by a Board approved laws and rules course provider;
◊ Copy of certificate documenting successful completion of a two-hour continuing education course relating to the prevention of medical errors. The course must be approved by the Board and shall include a study of root-cause analysis, error reduction and prevention, and patient safety;
◊ Copy of certificate documenting successful completion of a two-hour live technical practice continuing education course on fitting and adjusting by a Board approved provider;
◊ No discovery of disqualifying factors prior to licensure;
◊ Payment of the initial licensure fee within one (1) year of notification of successful passage of the examination for Florida licensure; and
◊ Completion of Initial Licensure Form,
All licensees are responsible for knowing the laws and rules that regulate their profession. The laws in Chapter 484,Part I, Florida Statutes (F.S.), are directly related to the profession of Opticianry, and Chapter 456, F.S., governs all health care professions licensed by the Department of Health. Rule Chapter 64B12, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), are the rules that govern the profession of Opticianry. Rule Chapter 64B29, F.A.C., are the rules that govern optical establishments. This page is intended to be a summary only of the requirements for Florida licensure. For complete details, go to the Board of Opticianry Website.
The Three Required Exams For Florida Licensure
Prior to applying to take the National Opticianry Practical Exam, you must successfully pass the National Opticianry Competency Examination (ABO Exam) and the Contact Lens Registry Examination (NCLE Exam) through the American Board of Opticianry and National Contact Lens Examiners.
To assist you in preparing for these important exams, Professional Opticians of Florida offers Exam Reviews in three formats, Online Review courses that are available anytime or Live Review courses that are offered twice a year and a Webinar Series, which is offered the 4 weeks prior to the examination window.