Apprenticeship EDucation Options

Educational Options Available to Florida Apprentice Opticians

Each of the following methods can be applied towards the 6,240 hours of training to complete the apprenticeship program.

a) Hours earned while under the supervision of the sponsor(s) that is on the premises and all work produced is personally inspected and approved by a sponsor.

b) Time spent enrolled in opticianry courses at an accredited opticianry program may be substituted for apprenticeship time. Each credit hour earned shall count as 86.67 hours of apprenticeship time. One 3 credit class equals 260 hours of apprenticeship training. Online college programs are available.

c) Each approved CE hour counts as one hour of apprenticeship training.  Proof of attendance must be submitted to the Board.

d) The Apprentice Contact Lens Certificate Program satisfies Florida’s apprenticeship training requirement to become a Licensed Optician. Completion of the Apprentice Contact Lens Certificate Program is required for an apprentice whose sponsor is not Florida Board Certified for Contact Lenses.  Upon completion, apprentices will earn 160 work hours towards their apprenticeship training program.


Florida Apprentice Contact Lens Certificate Program

Apprentice/Sponsor Orientation Webinar

POF offers apprentices all the required courses needed for licensure.  The Saturday Apprentice Special is available during all of POF's state-wide conferences for one low price. 

Summer Showcase - Daytona Beach, Florida - August 7, 2021

West Coast Better Vision - Safety Harbor, Florida - September 11, 2021

Vision Preview - Fort Lauderdale, Florida - December 4, 2021

Upcoming events

    • August 31, 2020
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • June 30, 2021
    • 11:30 PM (EDT)
    • Home Study

    Registration for the POF Virtual Shows is NOW OPEN!

    **Important message regarding license expiration dates: As part of the response efforts to the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID- 19), State Surgeon General Dr. Scott A. Rivkees issued Emergency Order 21-001 extending the licensure renewal expiration date until June 30, 2021 for any professional license issued by the Department with upcoming licensure renewal deadlines. The license expiration date for Opticians expiring December 31, 2020 is extended to June 30, 2021.

    The Florida Board of Opticianry voted to adopt POF's proposed Emergency Rule to allow Florida Opticians the option to complete all their 2019-2020 continuing education requirements via home-study due to COVID-19. This emergency rule expires on June 30, 2021.

    What does this mean for you? You may complete your 2019-2020 education requirements in three different ways:

    1. Attend POF's live conferences

    2. Complete your requirements via the home-study courses listed in

    3. Complete your requirements via any POF Virtual Show

    4. Combine any method above

    Tell me more about the POF Virtual Shows?

    With one business day of registration, Virtual Show registrants will receive an email with a unique link to access all the amazing live event education content. All education content and videos may be viewed 24-hours a day and completed at your own paceNo PDF's to read, no tests to print and mail back.  Simply log in, watch the education video, and follow along with the PowerPoint presentation.  At the end of each education video, a short quiz will pop up right on your screen for completion.  Once you pass the quiz, you will automatically receive a copy of your continuing education slip.  POF will submit all your completed courses to CE Broker for tracking.

    Member - Virtual Show Education Access $117

    Standard (non-member) - Virtual Show Education Access $150

    Visit to register today!


    • Nearly 40 different CE topics will be offered, giving you plenty of options
    • All 20 of Florida’s required hours of continuing education
    • Complete on your time schedule
    • ABO, NCLE approved courses
    • POF’s optician friendly payment options & 100% cancellation refund policy (up to 72 hours in advance)
    • Your education dollars support your profession locally & nationally

    • January 01, 2021
    • (EST)
    • December 31, 2021
    • (EST)
    • Online

    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.
    • May 15, 2021
    • 8:30 AM (EDT)
    • May 16, 2021
    • 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • Safety Harbor Resort & Spa 105 N. Bayshore Dr Safety Harbor, FL 34695 (727) 726-1161


    LIVE ABO/NCLE Basic Certification Exam Prep Courses:

    May 15 & 16, 2021

    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

    May 15, 2021

    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

    May 16, 2021

    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

    Safety Harbor Resort & Spa

    105 N. Bayshore Dr

    Safety Harbor, FL 34695

    (727) 726-1161 x 7100

    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.

    • September 10, 2021
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • September 12, 2021
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Safety Harbor Resort & Spa, 105 North Bayshore Dr, Safety Harbor, FL 34695

    We are looking forward to seeing you and your colleagues at the Safety Harbor Resort & Spa for West Coast Better Vision 2021.

    You can look forward to multiple educational options every hour so that you can choose the topics and a schedule that fit your needs. We have scheduled a full, education-packed weekend for Opticians, Apprentice Opticians, and Student Opticians.

    For Full Details on West Coast Better Vision Click Here 

    Schedule at a Glance

    Friday, September 10th 

    10:00 am Registration Desk Opens

    12:00 pm CE Courses Start 

    Saturday, September 11th 

    7:30 am Registration Desk Opens

    8:00 am CE Courses Start 

    11:45 am Lunch & Trade Show

    Once education ends on Saturday, please join us for Happy Hour in the Trade Show followed by Rock with the Doc and The Pupils 

    Sunday, September 12th

    7:30am Registration Desk Opens

    8:00am CE Courses Start 

    For the West Coast Better Vision Education Schedule Click Here 

    Driving Directions to Safety Harbor

    Safety Harbor Resort & Spa

    105 N Bayshore Dr, Safety Harbor, FL 34695

    Phone: (727) 726-1161  x7100

    Provide Group Name:  POF WCBV

    Cut off for Reservations: August 8, 2021

    • September 10, 2021
    • 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • September 12, 2021
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, 105 N Bayshore Dr, Safety Harbor, FL 34695
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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)  has formulated 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, September 9th, 2021  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:

     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: August 8, 2021

    ·           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

    • September 14, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar-Online
    • 95

    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. 

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