Upcoming events

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

    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 POF.org to register today!


    VIRTUAL  SHOW HIGHLIGHTS

    • 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
    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.
    • 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
    Register

     

    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.

    • June 02, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • June 05, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Orlando, Florida

    The Professional Opticians of Florida is proud to be an official partner of Vision Expo East 2021 , taking place June 2-5 in Orlando, Florida at the Orange County Convention Center.

    The Show’s educational program, together with OptiCon®@Vision Expo, will open Wednesday, June 2 and exhibits will open Thursday, 3.


    At Vision Expo East, the Professional Opticians of Florida will have a presence at the OptiCon®@Vision Expo Hub and will provide four hours of Florida-required continuing education, including two hours of Laws and Rules and two hours of Reduction of Medical Errors. Course descriptions are included below:

    Florida Rules and Regulations

    This course is designed to familiarize the licensed optician with the laws and rules in which they operate and ensure they have a complete understanding of them. All Florida-licensed opticians are required to take laws and rules during each renewal. This is to ensure that each optician is acting within the law to protect the public and his or her license.

    Following the course, the participant should be able to: understand the difference between laws and rules; understand the basics of F.S 484 3; and understand the basics of 64B12.

    Reduction of Medical Errors

    This course will begin with a checklist and tips for troubleshooting optical problems and challenges. Then, participants will play an ‘Optical Jeopardy’-inspired game covering topics in ophthalmic optics, contact lenses and anatomy of the eye.

    The courses offered by the Professional Opticians of Florida will be part of VisionEd, Vision Expo’s newly branded, sought-after education program dedicated to seminars, workshops and presentations where attendees can hone their craft in courses led by renowned experts in clinical research, business, fashion and marketing. In addition, OptiCon®@Vision Expo returns with an unmatched education program and exhibit hall experience for opticians, contact lens technicians and ophthalmic allied professionals.

    To learn more and register to experience the industry’s leading educational offerings, please click here.

    For more information on Vision Expo, visit visionexpo.com and follow Vision Expo’s social media channels,  Facebook,  Twitter,  Instagram and LinkedIn.   

    Register Now

    • August 06, 2021
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • August 08, 2021
    • 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • The Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, 100 N Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach 32118
    Register


    Your friends at Professional Opticians of Florida look forward to you joining us at Summer Showcase 2021  at The Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort! 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, August 6th 

    10:00 am Registration Desk Opens

    12:00 pm CE Courses Start 

    Saturday, August 7th 

    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, August 8th

    7:30am Registration Desk Opens

    8:00am CE Courses Start 


    For the  Summer Showcase Education Schedule Click Here

    The Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

    100 N Atlantic Ave

    Daytona Beach, FL 32118

    (386) 254-8200

    Please call The Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort toll free 386-254-8200 and ask for the Professional Opticians of Florida group rate of $139 per night, or click below to book online.  Please book before July 14,2021.  

    Hotel Booking Code: POF21



    • No Resort Fees
    • All Ocean view Rooms
    • WiFi in every room




    • 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
    Register

    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
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • September 12, 2021
    • 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • West Coast Better Vision 2021, Safety Harbor Resort & Spa, 105 North Bayshore Drive, Safety Harbor, FL 34695
    • 11
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    FLORIDA's 20 HOUR CONTACT LENS

    FITTING COURSE   For Florida Board Certification

    A 20 hour course covering state-of-the-art contact lens technologies and fitting techniques presented by the Professional Opticians of Florida.

    Become a Florida Board Certified Optician

    Earn the required 20 hours of training for your State Board of Opticianry Certification. This course fulfills the educational requirement to enable Florida opticians to fill, fit, adapt, and dispense contact lenses without the supervision of the prescriber. FL Statue 484.002(6)

    Education Schedule: New format with an advance live online webinar

    Monday, September 6:     6:30 - 9:30pm Live Online Webinar*

    Friday,  September 10:       Noon - 5:00pm at West Coast Better Vision, Classroom & Hands-on

    Saturday,  September 11:   9:00 - 5:00pm at West Coast Better Vision, Classroom & Hands-on

    Sunday, September 12:    9:00 - 2:00pm at West Coast Better Vision, Classroom

      



    The course will include discussion and review of the following topics:

    • Optical anatomy and physiology
    • Indications and contra-indications of contact lens fitting
    • Identification of abnormal responses secondary to contact lens wear
    • Basic rigid and soft lens design
    • Fitting and follow-up care
    • Identify fluorescein contact lens patterns
    • Special lens designs and fittings
    • Review of clinical fitting case examples
    • 4 hour hands-on workshop with slit-lamps & keratometers

     

    Additional Information

    LOCATION: 

    Safety Harbor Resort & Spa

    105 N. Bayshore Dr

    Safety Harbor, FL 34695

    Phone: (727) 726-1161

    HOTEL RESERVATIONS

    A reduced room rate of $99 per night will be available to our group. You can make hotel reservations by calling 727-726-1161 ext-7100 or In House Reservations and advise the hotel you are with POF/West Coast Better Vision Group to receive the reduced rate.

    Book before August 8,2021

    *Book Early As Hotel Will Sell Out*

    • 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
    • 10
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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:  POF.org/apprentice.



     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
    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


    • December 03, 2021
    • 10:00 AM (EST)
    • December 05, 2021
    • 3:00 PM (EST)
    • The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, 321 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 Phone: (954) 467-1111
    Register

    The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort



    This year's Vision Preview 2021 will be hosted at the beautiful Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort.

    Vision Preview  offers you the best Optical Education available anywhere, you can earn all 20 CE hours in one weekend for the renewal of your Florida license.

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

    • Vision Preview  offers you the best in Optical Education available anywhere.


    Full Details on Vision Preview 2021


    The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort


    HOTEL RESERVATIONS:  The Westin is pleased to offer POF guests a reduced room rate of $149.00 with no resort fees.


    For those staying at the hotel, overnight self-parking is reduced to $30 per day.  Daily self-parking is reduced to $18 per day.

    Please use the link below to make your hotel reservations or call the hotel at 1-888-627-7108 and advise the hotel representative that you are with the Vision Preview 2021 group in order to receive the reduced rate.  Please book your room by November 8, 2021.


    Book Hotel Now




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