Upcoming Educational Events

Upcoming events

    • February 28, 2020
    • 10:00 AM (CST)
    • March 01, 2020
    • 3:00 PM (CST)
    • The Island Ft Walton Destin by Hotel RL, 1500 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 Phone: (850) 337-9194

    **Online Registration is Closed**

    There is Still Plenty of Space Available for On Site Registrations. 

    **See You at the Show!**


    This February 28, 29 & March 1,  Spring Spectacle will be hosted at The Island, by Hotel RL.  You can Book Reservations Online  or call the resort's reservations department at 850-337-9194  by January 31, 2020  to reserve a POF-discounted guestroom at the reduced rates starting at $99. 

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

    • Only POF offers the State of Florida mandated courses on multiple days

    • Apprentice/Sponsor Orientation & Hands-on Frame Fitting Workshop available

    • Visit International Optical Vendors & Suppliers at Spring Spectacle

    • Attend and support your profession 

    Full Details on Spring Spectacle 2020


    • April 14, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Webinar-Online
    • 82
    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 and the online Reduction of Medical Error course at no charge (both $29 values).

    Join POF


    • 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
    Register

     

    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 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.

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

    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
    • 12:00 PM
    • June 07, 2020
    • 2:00 PM
    • Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, 105 N Bayshore Dr, Safety Harbor, FL 34695
    • 18
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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,  June 1:     6:30 - 9:30pm Live Online Webinar*

    Friday, June 5:       Noon - 5:00pm at West Coast Better Vision 2020, Classroom & Hands-on

    Saturday, June 6:   9:00 - 5:00pm at West Coast Better Vision 2020, Classroom & Hands-on

    Sunday, June 7:    9:00 - 2:00pm at West Coast Better Vision 2020, Classroom

    * The advance webinar on Monday night allows for the course to end Sunday at 2pm instead of at 5:00 pm.   



    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
    POF has established a hotel rate of $99 per night will be available to our group.


     

    Additional Information

    LOCATION: 


    Safety Harbor Resort & Spa

    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

    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

    *Book Early As Hotel Will Sell Out*

    • 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
    • 26
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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:  POF.org/apprentice.



     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




    • June 06, 2020
    • 11:45 AM - 7:00 PM
    • Safety Harbor Resort & Spa, 105 N Bayshore Dr, Safety Harbor, FL 34695
    Register

    West Coast Better Vision 2020 Tabletop Exhibits

    Tabletop exhibit fee of $495 includes one (1) six-foot draped table, one (1) sign, and two (2) representative name badges. Additional representative badges are available at $25.  Electricity is NOT included. One additional table is available for $35, if you bring or if we provide it. Hotel accommodations are not included.

    West Coast Better Vision will be held at:

    Safety Harbor Resort & Spa, 105 N. Bayshore Drive,  Safety Harbor, FL


    Prefer to not register online?

    Click here to download the 2020 POF Exhibitor Agreement







    • August 21, 2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • August 23, 2020
    • 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 the Summer Showcase 2020  as we return to our new home at The Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort! We put together the best educational speakers in Opticianry for this weekend event.


    SUMMER SHOWCASE HIGHLIGHTS

    • Over 35 different CE topics will be offered, giving you plenty of options
    • Hands On Frame Fitting & Adjusting Workshop
    • World Class education available on the beach
    • All 20 of Florida’s required hours of continuing education in one weekend
    • The latest in eyewear fashions and accessories on display
    • ABO, NCLE approved courses
    • Flexible day rates, you only pay for the days you plan to attend
    • POF’s optician friendly payment options & 100% cancellation refund policy
    • Your education dollars support your profession locally & nationally


    For Full Details on  Summer Showcase 2020


    2020 Schedule at a Glance

    Friday, August 21st -  Eight hours of CE available

    10:00 am    Registration Desk Opens

    12:00 n       CE Courses noon to 6 pm

    6:00 pm       Last CE course ends

    Saturday, August 22nd -  Eight hours of CE available 

    7:30 am       Registration Desk Opens

    8:00 am       CE Courses from 8am to 5:30pm

    11:45 am     Lunch provided in Exhibit Area

    1:30 pm       CE Courses Resume  

    5:30 pm        Happy Hour in Exhibit Area

    Sunday, August 23rd -  Five hours of CE available

    7:30 am       Registration Desk Opens

    8:00 am       CE Courses  8 am to 2 pm

    2:00 pm       Last CE course ends


    For Full Details on  Summer Showcase Education 2020

    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 $139 per night, or click below to book online.



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




    • August 22, 2020
    • 11:45 AM - 7:00 PM
    • The Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort,100 N Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32118
    Register


    Summer Showcase 2020 Tabletop Exhibits

    Tabletop exhibit fee includes one (1) six foot table, one (1) sign and two (2) representative name badges. Additional representative badges are available at $25 each. Electricity is NOT included. One (1) additional table is available for $35 if you bring it or if we provide it. Hotel accommodations are not included.


    Do you to prefer to register offline?

    Click here to download the 2020 POF Exhibitor Agreement.

    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 $139 per night, or click below to book online.




    • No Resort Fees
    • All Ocean view Rooms
    • WiFi in every room
    • $10 Self Parking




    • October 24, 2020
    • 11:45 AM - 7:00 PM
    • The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, 321 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
    Register

    Exhibit Booths at Vision Preview 2020


    Exhibit booth fee includes a 8' by 10' booth.  1 sign and representative name badges per show.  Electricity is NOT included . Hotel accommodations are not included.

    Exhibit move in at 8:30 am Saturday morning of the event and exhibit breakdown starts no sooner than 7:00 pm, to be completed by 10:00 pm that evening.

    Exhibit times are Saturday from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm & 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.


    Click here to download the 2020 POF Exhibitor Agreement.


    * Exhibitor & Expo Kits will be emailed when available *

    The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort


    HOTEL RESERVATIONS: A reduced room rate of $139.00, Self parking is $20 per overnight and $10 per day. Click below to book online by October 2nd, 2020.

    Book Hotel Now

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