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

    • January 01, 2023
    • December 31, 2023
    • 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.

    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.

    • February 23, 2024
    • 10:00 AM (CST)
    • February 25, 2024
    • 2:00 PM (CST)
    • The Island Ft Walton Destin by Hotel RL, 1500 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 Phone: (850) 337-9194

    Spring Spectacle will be hosted at the beautiful Island Ft Walton Destin by Hotel RL.  

    Here are just some of the benefits for you at this location.

    Low Hotel Room Rates at the The Island, Ft Walton/ Destin by Hotel RL.  Starting as low as $125 per night,

    • Resort fee waived
    • Free Parking
    • Free Wi-Fi.

    Must book room by January 25, 2024


    Guests may also book over the phone by calling 850-337-9194.

    Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm CDT to make their reservations.

    ·         Spring Spectacle  offers you the best in Optical Education available anywhere.

    ·         Earn all 20 CE hours for the renewal of your Florida license

    ·         World class education presented by the Nation's Leading Instructors 

    ·         Full Schedule of Education with eight hours of CE on Friday & Saturday

    ·         Apprentice/Sponsor Orientation & Hands-on Frame Fitting Workshop available

    ·         Visit International Optical Vendors & Suppliers at Spring Spectacle

    ·         Attend and support your profession 

    Full Details on Spring Spectacle 2024

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