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.


MORE INFORMTION ON APPRENTICE PROGRAMS/REQUIREMENTS HERE:

Florida Apprentice Contact Lens Certificate Program

Apprentice/Sponsor Orientation Webinar


POF offers apprentices all the required courses needed for licensure.  

West Coast Better Vision  -St. Petersburg, Florida - May 3-5, 2024

Summer Showcase - Orlando, Florida - September 13-15, 2024

Vision Preview - Coral Springs, Florida - November 1-3, 2024

Upcoming events

    • January 01, 2024
    • December 31, 2024
    • 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.


    POF is happy to offer an optician-friendly cancellation policy. If you need to cancel for any reason, POF will give you a 100% credit towards a future event, no explanation needed. Just send us a note confirming you cannot attend & we will credit your account after the event.


    • July 23, 2024
    • 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. 

    Join POF


    • September 13, 2024
    • 10:00 AM
    • September 15, 2024
    • 2:00 PM
    • Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek, 14651 Chelonia Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32821
    Register

    Your friends at Professional Opticians of Florida look forward to you joining us at Summer Showcase 2023  at The Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek! We put together the best educational speakers in Opticianry for this weekend's event.


    For Full Details on  Summer Showcase Click Here


    Schedule at a Glance


    Friday, September 13th 

    10:00 am Registration Desk Opens

    12:00 pm CE Courses Start 

    Saturday, September 14th 

    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 Opticians After Dark  

    Sunday, September 15th

    7:30am Registration Desk Opens

    8:00am CE Courses Start 


    For the  Summer Showcase Education Schedule Click Here

    Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek

    14651 Chelonia Pkwy

    Orlando, FL 32821

    (407) 390-2300

    Please call The Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek 407-390-2300 and ask for the Professional Opticians of Florida group rate of $159 per night or click below to book online.  Please book before August 20, 2024.  

    Driving Directions to Hotel



    • Resort fee waived
    • Self-Parking $15
    • Valet Parking $38




    To ensure your stay is both convenient and cost-effective, POF secures a limited number of rooms at an exclusive group rate. The deadline to secure your special group rate is listed under each event, and availability if first-come, first-served. Once the block is sold out, this discounted rate will no longer be available. 

    Act promptly and reserve your room today!

    Book Hotel


    POF is happy to offer an optician-friendly cancellation policy. If you need to cancel for any reason, POF will give you a 100% credit towards a future event, no explanation needed. Just send us a note confirming you cannot attend & we will credit your account after the event.

    • September 13, 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • September 15, 2024
    • 4:00 PM
    • Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek, 14651 Chelonia Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32821
    • 8
    Register

    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 Orlando at POF’s  Summer Showcase 2024 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 live clinicals  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.



     MORE on the Florida Apprentice Contact Lens Certificate Program

    Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek

    14651 Chelonia Pkwy

    Orlando, FL 32821

    (407) 390-2300

    Please call The Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek 407-390-2300 and ask for the Professional Opticians of Florida group rate of $159 per night or click below to book online.  Please book before August 20, 2024.  

    Driving Directions to Hotel



    • Resort fee waived
    • Self-Parking $15
    • Valet Parking $38




    To ensure your stay is both convenient and cost-effective, POF secures a limited number of rooms at an exclusive group rate. The deadline to secure your special group rate is listed under each event, and availability if first-come, first-served. Once the block is sold out, this discounted rate will no longer be available. 

    Act promptly and reserve your room today!

    Book Hotel

    POF is happy to offer an optician-friendly cancellation policy. If you need to cancel for any reason, POF will give you a 100% credit towards a future event, no explanation needed. Just send us a note confirming you cannot attend & we will credit your account after the event.

    • September 14, 2024
    • 8:30 AM
    • September 15, 2024
    • 3:30 PM
    • Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek, 14651 Chelonia Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32821
    Register

     

    LIVE ABO/NCLE Basic Certification Exam Prep Courses:

    September 14 & 15, 2024

    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

    Saturday, September 14, 2024

    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

    Sunday, September 15, 2024

    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




    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.


    Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek

    14651 Chelonia Pkwy

    Orlando, FL 32821

    (407) 390-2300

    Please call The Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek 407-390-2300 and ask for the Professional Opticians of Florida group rate of $159 per night or click below to book online.  Please book before August 20, 2024.  

    Driving Directions to Hotel



    • Resort fee waived
    • Self-Parking $15
    • Valet Parking $38




    To ensure your stay is both convenient and cost-effective, POF secures a limited number of rooms at an exclusive group rate. The deadline to secure your special group rate is listed under each event, and availability if first-come, first-served. Once the block is sold out, this discounted rate will no longer be available. 

    Act promptly and reserve your room today!

    Book Hotel


    POF is happy to offer an optician-friendly cancellation policy. If you need to cancel for any reason, POF will give you a 100% credit towards a future event, no explanation needed. Just send us a note confirming you cannot attend & we will credit your account after the event.

    • November 01, 2024
    • 10:00 AM
    • November 03, 2024
    • 2:00 PM
    • Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs Hotel & Convention Center, 11775 Heron Bay Blvd, Coral Springs, FL 33076
    Register

    Your friends at Professional Opticians of Florida look forward to you joining us at Vision Preview 2024  at

    Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs

    Hotel & Convention Center! We put together the best educational speakers in Opticianry for this weekend's event.


    Schedule at a Glance


    Friday, November 1st 

    10:00 am Registration Desk Opens

    12:00 pm CE Courses Start 

    Saturday, November 2nd 

    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 Opticians After Dark  

    Sunday, November 3rd

    7:30am Registration Desk Opens

    8:00am CE Courses Start 

    For the Vision Preview Education Schedule Click Here

    Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs

    Hotel & Convention Center


    • Group Rate-$145/night
    • Resort Fee Waived
    • $6 Overnight Parking
    • Free Daily Parking





    11775 Heron Bay Blvd.

    Coral Springs, FL 33076

     954-753-5598

    Book Hotel

    POF is happy to offer an optician-friendly cancellation policy. If you need to cancel for any reason, POF will give you a 100% credit towards a future event, no explanation needed. Just send us a note confirming you cannot attend & we will credit your account after the event.

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