BENEFITS OF POF MEMBERSHIP  

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As the only association in Florida dedicated to protecting the value and viability of your Opticianry license, the Professional Opticians of Florida has worked tirelessly for over 50 years.

We strive to enhance your professional life by:

    • Providing top-quality continuing education.
    • Monitoring and influencing legislative & agency issues impacting opticians.
    • Maintaining its own Political Action Committee, Opticians for Better Vision
    • Maintaining a Legislative Defense Fund

We challenge you to invest in your future and become a partner with the only association that multiplies your investment many times over.

Save $100 or more on CE Events:

POF members receive deep discounts on registration for all statewide Continuing Education events including Spring Spectacle in North FL, West Coast Better Vision Conference on Tampa Bay, Summer Showcase on Cocoa Beach, Vision Preview in Ft Lauderdale. Plus reduced rates at local chapter education, where available.

POF Members Earn FREE Online CE Credits:

Earn up to five hours of Continuing Education anywhere and anytime with instant results at pofCE.org. The online education is FREE to POF members - non-members have to pay $14.97 an hour. Check it out today!

Stop Guessing About Credits with FREE CE Transcripts:

POF tracks all your POF Continuing Education hours, submits them to the State and provides a personal educational transcript to POF members at no charge and are available to non-members for a nominal fee.

Support Your Profession with National Dues by joining POF:

POF members are automatically State Society members of the Opticians Association of America (OAA). Your dues dollars support and protect optician efforts at both the State and National level.

100% Florida Approved CE:

All of POF’s courses are approved for the renewal of your Florida license. Unlike other Continuing Education providers, you will never sit through POF hours of education to find out latter that they where not approved for Florida.

Know in advance the CE topics being offered:

At POF education you know the exact topics and speakers in advance.

No Guessing on CE categories:

Know the exact Florida category of each course and how it applies to the renewal of your Florida license.

One-stop shopping for CE renewal:

At POF statewide events you can earn all your Florida CE requirements for renewal in one weekend including all the mandatory topics.

Variety and Quality CE Guaranteed:

Learn from many different nationally known and respected optical experts that will engage and inform you.

Hassel Free ABO/NCLE Credits:

Know exactly which courses are ABO or NCLE approved in advance (generally 95%+ of Continuing Education approved at statewide events). With POF you get the ABO/NCLE master numbers printed on your Florida CE certificate. No need to collect and track additional forms.

Membership good for a full year:

Your POF membership is always good for a full 12 months from the date you joined the Association.


By supporting POF your dues also supports the OAA

Opticians Association of America OAA provides our membership several avenues of assistance: promoting the industry as a whole; creating opportunities to assist you in making new industry contacts; strengthening your existing business relationships and keeping you abreast of current conditions and advances within the industry.

POF Members enjoy these additional member benefits though the OAA

OAA Partner Ship with FedEX: Members who enroll in the free OAA Shipping Program will receive significant discounts through FedEx®, delivering expertise, great service and value for all your shipping needs–virtually anytime, anywhere. OAA members can also save on less-than-truckload (LTL) freight shipments arranged through PartnerShip with leading national and regional carriers. Complete details about these OAA/FedEx Discount Benefits

VisionWeb Royalty Program Royalties go directly to POF's Optician Branding Campaign

OAA Health Insurance

OAA Disability & Long Term Care Insurance

OAA Allied Moving Discount Program

Only POF/OAA are working for you in Florida and Nationally

As a POF member, you are eligible to become an Honored Fellow member of the OAA.

Opticians Association of America (OAA) (PDF)


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RENEWAL INFORMATION

The 2015 - 2016 Continuing Education Requirements for Florida Opticians*

Florida Opticians are required to attend 20 hours of continuing education every two years to renew their license. The current biennium started January 1, 2015 and will end December 31, 2016. The updated continuing education requirements for this biennium are as follows:

A. Laws & Rules: Two (2) hours must be on Florida laws & administrative rules governing the profession.

B. Technical: At least eleven (11) hours shall be directly relating to the technical profession of Opticianry (i.e. dispensing, contact lens, etc.). Board Certified Opticians shall receive at least four (4) hours in contact lens theory and practice.

C. Reduction of Medical Errors: Two (2) hours on and shall include a study of root-cause analysis, error reduction and prevention, and patient safety.

D. Electives: Five (5) hours may be on any of the listed topic (A, B or E) or may be in a management, sales, stress management , risk management or marketing related topic. 

E. AIDS/HIV: One (1) hour AIDS/HIV training will now only be required for newly licensed opticians during their initial renewal that CEs are required.

 

*This is a summary only as of July 2013.  Please consult rule 64B12-15.003 of the Florida Administrative Code, Standards For Continuing Education. For additional information, contact:

The Florida Board of Opticianry
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin #C08
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3258
Phone (850) 245-4474
Web site or Florida Licensure


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