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 01, 2018
    • 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.
    • June 03, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport
    Register

    Gulf Coast Chapter Presents
    Four hours of Continuing 
    Education


    Date: Sunday, June 3
    Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm
    Location: Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport
    9931 Interstate Commerce Dr, Fort Myers, FL 33913


    8:45am – 9:00am - Registration

    9:00am – 11:00am - Florida Laws and Rules
    Jerry Campbell, LDO - 2 Hour Florida Laws and Rules

    11:00am – 12:00pm - Troubleshoot and Fix Common Progressive Adaption Lenses
    Carol Bratteig, LDO - 1 Hour Technical

    12:00pm – 1:00pm - Boost Your Dispensing Ability with Freeform Lenses
    Carol Bratteig, LDO - 1 Hour Technical


    POF Members Discounted Rate - $30.00 (Must be a POF member on the day of education.)

    Standard Rate - $85.00 (This is the fee if you are not a POF member.)

    Maximum seating is 50, reserve your seat early to save your space.

    Note: After Tuesday May 29, 2018 there will be an additional cost of $15.00 on top of the original rate (including Luxottica Associates) .

    Luxottica Associates can find the direct bill code on the homepage of POF.org when logged into your account.


    • July 18, 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Glory Days Grill, 14457 N. Dale Mabry Hwy Tampa, FL 33618 813-374-0123

    WEST COAST CHAPTER PRESENTS CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS

    Sclera! Lenses-Large, Amazing, A MUST!

    Two (2) Hours of Technical: Contact Lens @ 6:30pm 

    Speaker: Stuart Harrell, OD


    DATE:              Wednesday, July 18, 2018 
    TIME:               6:30PM  EDUCATION 
                                    
    LOCATION:  Glory Days Grill

    14457 N. Dale Mabry Hwy

    Tampa, FL 33618

    813-374-0123

      *Seating is limited*
    POF Member rate Free
    Standard Non-member rate $40.00 


    Please contact Atala Valdes at atalawcpof@yahoo.com or call 813-935-4055 to RSVP.

    • August 03, 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • August 05, 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • The Plaza Resort & Spa
    Register

    Your friends at Professional Opticians of Florida looks forward to you joining us at the Summer Showcase 2018  as we return to the beautiful The Plaza Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach as we put together the best educational speakers in Opticianry for this weekend event.

    SUMMER SHOWCASE HIGHLIGHTS

    • Over 30 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, COPE & CPC 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 2018


    2018 Schedule at a Glance

    Friday, August 3rd -  Eight hours of CE available

    10:00am    Registration Desk Opens

    12:00 n       CE Courses noon to 9pm

    6:00pm       Dinner Break

    7:00pm       Two additional CE available

    Saturday, August 4th -  Eight hours of CE available 

    7:30am       Registration Desk Opens

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

    11:45am     Lunch provided in Exhibit Area

    1:30pm       CE Courses Resume  

    5:30pm        Happy Hour in Exhibit Area

    Sunday, August 5th -  Five hours of CE available

    7:30am       Registration Desk Opens

    8:00am       CE Courses  8am to 1pm

    1:00pm       Last CE course ends


    For Full Details on  Summer Showcase Education 2018

    Location:

    The Plaza Resort & Spa

    600 N Atlantic Ave

    Daytona Beach, FL 32118

    (844) 284-2685


    Professional Opticians of Florida has negotiated an excellent rate of $129/ night plus a $15 Resort Fee.


    Online Reservations


    Or make your reservation by calling 1-866-500-5630 and asking for the PROFESSIONAL OPTICIANS room block


    For Full Details on Summer Showcase Accommodations 2018


    • August 03, 2018
    • 3:00 PM
    • August 05, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Summer Showcase & Contact Lens Symposium
    • 17


    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, July 30:     6:30 - 9:30pm Live Online Webinar*

    Friday, Aug 3:       3:00 - 8:00pm at Summer Showcase & Contact Lens Symposium, Classroom & Hands-on

    Saturday, Aug 4:   9:00 - 5:00pm at Summer Showcase & Contact Lens Symposium, Classroom & Hands-on

    Sunday,Aug 5:    9:00 - Noon at Summer Showcase & Contact Lens Symposium, 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. 


    LOCATION: 

    Monday, July 30:

    Live Webinar


    Friday, Saturday & Sunday, August 3-5

    Summer Showcase & Contact Lens Symposium





    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 $129 plus $15 Resort Fee will be available to our group. 


    Additional Information

    Register for Course

    Register for Hotel

    The Plaza Resort & Spa

    600 N Atlantic Ave,

    Daytona Beach, FL 32118

    Phone: (844) 284-2685

    HOTEL RESERVATIONS A reduced room rate of $129 plus $15 Resort Fee will be available to our group. You can make hotel reservations by calling (844) 284-2685 and advising the hotel you are with POF to receive the reduced rate or click above to book online



    • August 03, 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • August 05, 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • 2018 Summer Showcase at The Plaza Resort & Spa on Daytona Beach


    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 Daytona Beach at POF’s Summer Showcase 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. 


    Clinical Workshop Schedule:

    Friday August 3, 2018  5pm-8pm

    Florida & Federal Laws and Rules, Professional Ethics

    Saturday August 4, 2018   9am-5pm

    Anatomy & Physiology, Pathology, Keratometer, Slit Lamp

    Sunday August 5, 2018   9am-5pm

    Fitting & Evaluation, Insertion & Removal, Solutions

    Be sure to register for the Certificate program now and complete the 13 hours of training online in Part 1 before Thursday, August 2nd  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.

    Register online, by phone, or mail or fax in our convenient Downloadable Form

     MORE on the Florida Apprentice Contact Lens Certificate Program


    Register online, by phone, or mail or fax in our convenient PDF Registration Form.
    • August 04, 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • August 05, 2018
    • 3:30 PM
    • Summer Showcase at The Plaza Resort & Spa, 600 N. Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32118
    Register


    LIVE ABO/NCLE Examination Review Courses:

    August 4 & 5, 2018

    POF, in conjunction with the National Federation of Opticianry Schools (NFOS), is pleased to offer ABO and NCLE live 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 Examination Review Course

    Saturday, August 42018

    8:30am - 12:00
    12:00pm - 1:00pm   lunch break (on your own)
     1:00pm - 5:00pm

    ABO Examination Review Course

    Sunday, August 52018

    8:30am - 12:00
    12:00pm - 1:00pm   lunch break (on your own)
    1:00pm - 3:30pm

    The Plaza Resort & Spa 

    600 N Atlantic Ave, 

    Daytona Beach, FL 32118

    Phone: (844) 284-2685

    HOTEL RESERVATIONS: A reduced room rate of $129 plus $15 Resort Fee will be available to our group. You can make hotel reservations by calling (844) 284-2685 and advising the hotel you are with POF to receive the reduced rate or click below to book online 

    Book Hotel Now

    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.


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

    • August 04, 2018
    • 11:55 AM - 7:00 PM
    • The Plaza Resort & Spa, 600 N Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32118
    Register

    Summer Showcase 2018 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.

    To make hotel room reservations call:

    The Plaza Resort & Spa,

    600 N Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32118

    844-284-2685

    Click here to download the 2018 POF Exhibitor Agreement.




    • September 18, 2018
    • 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 and the online Reduction of Medical Error course at no charge (both $29 values).


    • November 02, 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • November 04, 2018
    • 3:00 PM
    • Bonaventure Resort & Spa, 250 Racquet Club Rd, Weston, FL 33326
    Register


    This year's Vision Preview 2018 will be hosted at the Bonaventure Resort & Spa  which is located at 250 Racquet Club Rd, Weston, FL 33326

    Vision Preview 2018 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,

    There are still Deluxe Guest Rooms available at the Doubletree!

    You can Book Reservations Online  or call the Resorts reservations department at (954) 389-3300  to reserve a POF discounted Deluxe Guestroom at the reduced rate of $139. 


    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 2018

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


    • November 03, 2018
    • 11:45 AM
    • November 04, 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Bonaventure Resort & Spa, 250 Racquet Club Rd, Weston, FL 33326
    Register

    Tabletop Exhibits at Vision Preview 2018

    Tabletop exhibit fee includes a 8' by 10' booth.   1 sign and 4 representative name badges per show. Additional representatives are $25 each. 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 9:00 pm that evening.

    Exhibit times are Saturday from noon to 3pm & 5pm to 7pm.

    Sunday 11am to 1pm



Past events

May 20, 2018 Miami/Dade Chapter Continuing Education Event
May 19, 2018 Exhibitor - West Coast Better Vision Conference
May 18, 2018 2018 West Coast Better Vision Conference
April 22, 2018 Jacksonville Chapter Education
April 21, 2018 Space Coast Chapter Education
April 18, 2018 West Coast Chapter Education
April 17, 2018 Apprentice/Sponsor Orientation Webinar
March 22, 2018 West Coast Chapter Education
March 09, 2018 2018 Spring Spectacle Conference
February 25, 2018 Miami Chapter Continuing Education Event
February 22, 2018 Miami Chapter Continuing Education Event
December 10, 2017 Space Coast Chapter Education
December 09, 2017 Space Coast Chapter Education
December 01, 2017 Contact Lens Fitting Course for Board Certification
November 15, 2017 West Coast Chapter Education
October 28, 2017 Exhibitor - Vision Preview 2017
October 28, 2017 Optical Owners & Managers Seminar
October 28, 2017 ABO/NCLE Exam Review (Live)
October 27, 2017 Florida Apprentice Contact Lens Certificate Program @ Vision Preview
October 27, 2017 2017 Vision Preview Conference
October 18, 2017 West Coast Chapter Education
September 26, 2017 Apprentice/Sponsor Orientation Webinar
September 24, 2017 Gulf Coast Chapter Education
September 20, 2017 West Coast Chapter Education
September 09, 2017 Space Coast Chapter Education
August 16, 2017 West Coast Chapter Education
August 05, 2017 Exhibitor - Summer Showcase
August 03, 2017 Miami Chapter Continuing Education Event
July 20, 2017 West Coast Chapter Education
June 25, 2017 Gulf Coast Chapter Education
June 21, 2017 West Coast Chapter Education
May 20, 2017 Exhibitor - West Coast Better Vision Conference
May 20, 2017 ABO/NCLE Exam Review (Live)
May 19, 2017 Florida Apprentice Contact Lens Certificate Program @ West Coast Conf.
May 19, 2017 2017 West Coast Better Vision Conference
April 19, 2017 West Coast Chapter Education
April 18, 2017 Central Florida Chapter Education Event
April 08, 2017 Space Coast Chapter Education
April 04, 2017 Apprentice/Sponsor Orientation Webinar
March 29, 2017 Vision Care-Technology/Opticianry Program
March 09, 2017 Miami Chapter Continuing Education Event
February 25, 2017 Space Coast Chapter Education

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