Upcoming Educational Events

Upcoming events

    • December 01, 2016
    • December 31, 2018
    • 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.
    • February 23, 2017
    • January 13, 2019
    • 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.

    For additional details about the POF Online Exam Prep courses visit  https://pof.org/Online-ABO/NCLE-Reviews 

    Your email confirmation will include information on accessing the review courses.
    • February 23, 2017
    • January 13, 2019
    • 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.
    • December 01, 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • December 03, 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • Hillsborough Community College / Residence Inn Tampa Westshore-Airport
    • 3
    Register


    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, Nov 27:     6:30 - 9:30pm Live Online Webinar*

    Friday, Dec 1:       3:00 - 8:00pm at HCC, Classroom & Hands-on

    Saturday, Dec 2:   9:00 - 5:00pm at HCC, Classroom & Hands-on

    Sunday, Dec 3:    9:00 - Noon at Residence Inn, Classroom

    * The advance webinar on Monday night allows for the course to end Sunday at noon instead of at 5:00 pm.  Additional webinar times are available. If you attended the previous webinar in September, you do not  need to attend the  webinar it again.


    LOCATIONS: 

    Monday, November 27:

    Live Webinar


    Friday & Saturday, December 1 & 2:

    Hillsborough Community College

    4001 W. Tampa Bay Blvd. Tampa, FL 33614


    Sunday,  December 3:

    Residence Inn Tampa Westshore/Airport

    4312 W Boy Scout Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607

    (located less than one mile from HCC)


    Due to a sporting event,  the Sunday, December 3rd class will be held at an alternative location, the Residence Inn Tampa Westshore/Airport.

    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 $119 per night. 


    Additional Course Information

    Register for Course

    Register for Hotel
    • December 09, 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 3:40 PM
    • Wickham Park Community Center, 2815 Leisure Way, Melbourne, FL 32935
    Register

    SPACE COAST CHAPTER

    7 HOURS OF CONTINUING EDUCATION 

    DECEMBER 9, 2017

    Wickham Park Community Center

    2815 Leisure Way
    Melbourne, FL 32935

    8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Registration

    8:45 a.m. –09:35 a.m.   Glaucoma Today 

    Jacqueline Zermeno O.D. - 1 Hour Technical Dispensing
     
    09:45 a.m. – 10:35 p.m.  AR for the Long Run
    Nick Velez, LDO - 1 Hour Technical Dispensing
     
    10:40 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.  The New Generation of Prescriptions
    Nick Velez, LDO - 1 Hour Technical Dispensing
     
    11:35 p.m. –12:25 p.m.   Light Fright
    Jeanne Parker, LDO – 1 Technical
     
    12:30 p.m. –1:20 p.m.   Set your SIGHTS on Health
    Jeanne Parker, LDO – 1 Technical
     
    2:00 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. - Reduction of Medical Errors
    Jerry W. Campbell LDO – 2 Hours Reduction of Medical Errors


    POF Members - $35 (Must be a POF member on the day of education)  

    Standard - $45 + $20 per hour of education (This is the fee if you are not a POF member)

    Click here for form to register by mail instead of online.

    • December 10, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Wickham Park Community Center, 2815 Leisure Way, Melbourne, FL 32935
    Register

    SPACE COAST CHAPTER

    2 HOUR HANDS ON FITTING & ADJUSTING COURSE 

    DECEMBER 10, 2017

    Wickham Park Community Center

    2815 Leisure Way
    Melbourne, FL 32935

    12:00 p.m. –2:00 p.m.

     Hands on Frame Fitting & Adjusting

    Jerry W. Campbell, LDO – 2 Hours Technical

    This is a required course needed prior to licensure


    POF Members - $50 (Must be a POF member on the day of education)  

    Standard -$95.00  (This is the fee if you are not a POF member)

    Click here for form to register by mail instead of online.

    • March 09, 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • March 11, 2018
    • 3:00 PM
    • Ramada Plaza Fort Walton Beach Resort/Destin, 1500 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 Phone: (850) 243-9161
    Register


    This March, Spring Spectacle will be hosted at the Ramada Plaza Fort Walton Beach Resort/Destin.  There are still Guest Rooms available at the Ramada Plaza Fort Walton Beach Resort/Destin!

    You can Book Reservations Online (use group code pof2018) or call the resort's reservations department at 800-874-8962 by February 16, 2018 to reserve a POF-discounted Guestroom at the reduced rate of $132. 

    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 2018

    Register online, or mail or fax in our convenient
     PDF Registration Form.


    • May 18, 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • May 20, 2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • Safety Harbor Resort & Spa
    Register

    Join 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 eight hours available on Friday and Saturday and five 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, May 18th -  Eight hours of CE available

    10:00am    Registration Desk Opens

    12;00 n       CE Courses Start 

    6:00pm       Dinner Break

    7:00pm       Two additional CE available

    Saturday, May 19th -  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, May 20th -  Five hours of CE available

    7:30am       Registration Desk Opens

    8:00am       CE Courses Start 

    1:00pm Last CE course ends


    For Full Details on the Conference

    Safety Harbor Resort & Spa

    105 N. Bayshore Dr.
    Safety Harbor, 
    FL 34695

    Phone: ​(888) 237-8772


    Call now for hotel reservations at the group room rate of $97. This discounted rate is available only through April 20 and often sells out early.

    After each day of top-quality continuing education, you’ll have time to enjoy gourmet dining, recreation,  and relax at the Safety Harbor Resort & Spa that is located on 22 acres overlooking the beautiful Tampa Bay.

    The Resort is the centerpiece of the quaint & serene town of Safety Harbor, FL, which is only 15 minutes from the Tampa International Airport and Clearwater Beach. The Resort features oversized guest rooms all with a view of the Bay.

    The 2,000-year-old natural mineral springs that run directly beneath the resort were first discovered by explorers seeking the Fountain of Youth. Today, they still believe in their restorative powers so much that they use this natural mineral water throughout the resort: in all three pools, in spa treatments, and in their water coolers.


    • May 19, 2018
    • 11:55 AM - 7:00 PM
    • Safety Harbor Resort & Spa, Safety Harbor, FL
    Register

    West Coast Better Vision 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

    For room reservations call (888) 237-8772 and ask for the POF discounted group rate of $95.

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