Training Programs for Apprentices & Students
POF has exciting news and important updates to help Florida Apprentices and Students get the training, information and services you need to ensure that you have a successful career as an eye care professional in Florida.
NEW: Online ABO/NCLE Exam Prep
Professional Opticians of Florida have partnered with WINK Productions to offer a new on-line program developed to review the fundamentals needed to assist you in the preparation for the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) and the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE) certification Examinations required for licensure in Florida.
Each virtual lesson consists of full color interactive slides, audio with detailed notes and a post lesson quiz. Each ABO and NCLE exam review program includes: Online access for 3 months to 5+ hours of high quality training, a 10 question quiz at the end of each lesson to ensure that you understood the lesson, plus 100 practice exam sample questions.
Live ABO/NCLE Exam Prep
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 that 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.
Information on Upcoming ABO/NCLE Exam
Exams are given in English and Spanish, via computer and each exam is 2 hours long. You must be at least 18 years old, and a high school graduate or have earned a GED or the equivalent in order to take the exams. ABO-NCLE reserves the right to require that you produce proof of eligibility at any time.
The examination schedule for the calendar year 2017 is:
February 1 - 15, 2017 Exam AdministrationRegular registration will open on August 1, 2016 and ends on January 8, 2017
Late registration ends on January 19, 2017
May 1 - 15, 2017 Exam AdministrationRegular registration will open on October 1, 2016 and ends on April 1, 2017
Late registration ends on April 8, 2017
August 10-24, 2017 Exam Administration
Regular registration will open on February 1, 2017 and ends on July 1, 2017
November 1 - 15, 2017 Exam AdministrationRegular registration will open on March 1, 2017 and ends on October 1, 2017
Late registration ends on October 8, 2017
Important Florida Licensing Requirements
Additional Requirements to become a Licensed Optician in Florida
To Become Eligible the initial licensure you must complete 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 the Board of Opticianry Website