Upcoming Educational Events

Upcoming events

    • August 31, 2020
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • April 01, 2021
    • 11:30 PM (EDT)
    • Home Study
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    Registration for the POF Virtual Shows is NOW OPEN!

    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 December 31, 2020.

    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



    • February 27, 2021
    • 8:00 AM (EST)
    • February 28, 2021
    • 4:00 PM (EST)
    • Sheraton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Resort,12205 S Apopka Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32836, (407) 239-0444
    Register

    Last Chance & Early Bird Live CE's for 2019-2020

    or

    2021-2022 Biennium!

      

    • Earn all 20 hours for license renewal
    • 16 Live Hours & 4 hours of Home Study (Written or Virtual)
    • Saturday Workshop for Initial Licensure Requirements
           (Hands-on Frame Fitting, Laws & Rules Initial & Apprentice/Sponsor Orientation)
    • Social Distancing & COVID Protocol
    • Daily Boxed Lunch Included
    • POF PPE Pouch for All Attendees


    Sponsored by: 


    Located at:

    Sheraton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Resort

    12205 S Apopka Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32836

    (407) 239-0444

    $89/per night

    Book Hotel

    • March 01, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EST)
    • March 30, 2021
    • 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online Webinar
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    ABO Basic Certification Exam Review Webinar Series:

    Professional Opticians of Florida is pleased to offer the ABO Basic Certification Exam Review Webinar Series.  This ABO Basic Certification Webinar Series consists of 6 - (2) hour sessions instructed by, Thomas Neff, an HCC Opticianry program instructor.  Your instructor will help you prepare for the ABO exam by teaching appropriate materials and answering any questions  in advance of your exam.

    ABO Basic Certification Exam Review Webinar Series

    March 1

    March 8

    March 15

    March 22

    March 29

    March 30

    Webinar Hours: 7 - 9pm

    This review course covers the core areas of knowledge to assist in preparation for the ABO Basic Certification Exam.  Topics reviewed include:


    I. Ophthalmic Optics

    • Terminology
    • Lens characteristics, powers and formulas
    • Multifocals
    • Lens Materials
    • Prism

    II. Ocular Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology

    • Structure of the eye and function
    • Refractive errors

    III. Ophthalmic Products

    • Lenses & Frames
    • Applying produce Knowledge
    • Verifying frame and lens parameters

    IV. Instrumentation

    • Use of lens power devices
    • Select ophthalmic tool, instruments, and equipment
    • Use and maintain ophthalmic tool, instruments, and equipment

    V. Dispensing Procedure

    • Visual needs for lifestyle and occupational activities
    • Fitting, adjusting, measuring, and verification

    VI. Laws, Regulations, and Standards


    For more information on the ABO/NCLE Basic Certification Exam Reviews


    Click Here


    • March 04, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EST)
    • April 01, 2021
    • 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online Webinar
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    NCLE Basic Certification Exam Review Webinar Series:

    Professional Opticians of Florida is pleased to offer the NCLE Exam Review Webinar Series.  This NCLE webinar series consists of 6 - (2) hour sessions instructed by, Thomas Neff, an HCC Opticianry program instructor.  Your instructor will help you prepare for the NCLE exam by teaching appropriate materials and answering any questions  in advance of your exam.


    NCLE Basic Certification Exam Review Webinar Series

    March 4

    March 11

    March 18

    March 25

    March 31

    April 1

    Webinar Hours: 7 - 9pm

    This course will prepare the candidate for the NCLE Basic Certification Examination.

    Topics will include:


    Domain I -

    • Ocular Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology of the eye as it pertains to contact lens wear and

    Domain II -

    • Refractive errors regarding ametropias and optical conditions related to contact lenses.

    Domain III -

    • Pre-fitting techniques will be discussed to evaluate the relationship between the corneal readings and the refractive error to identify the possible need for specialty materials and designs.

    Domain V and VI –

    • Will discuss the diagnostic fitting and dispensing of both soft and rigid lenses, including aftercare, wearing schedules and patient hygiene.
    • This Domain will also include the use of instruments, tests and evaluation procedures.

    Domain VII –

    • Will discuss follow-up and problem solving protocol as it relates to normal and abnormal symptoms and

    Domain VIII –

    • Will discuss the legal aspects of contact lenses and tolerance standards utilized in contact lens fitting.

    For more information on the NCLE/ABO Exam Review

    • April 13, 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


    • June 04, 2021
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • June 06, 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, June 4th 

    10:00 am Registration Desk Opens

    12:00 pm CE Courses Start 

    Saturday, June 5th 

    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, June 6th

    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: May 2, 2021

    • June 04, 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • June 06, 2021
    • 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • West Coast Better Vision 2021, Safety Harbor Resort & Spa, 105 North Bayshore Drive, Safety Harbor, FL 34695
    • 18
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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, May 31:     6:30 - 9:30pm Live Online Webinar*

    Friday,  June 4:       Noon - 5:00pm at West Coast Better Vision, Classroom & Hands-on

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

    Sunday, June 6:    9:00 - 2:00pm at West Coast Better Vision, Classroom

    * The advance webinar on Monday night allows for the course to end Sunday at 2pm instead of at 5:00 pm.   



    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 reserv726-1161 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 May 2,2021

    *Book Early As Hotel Will Sell Out*

    • June 04, 2021
    • 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • June 06, 2021
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, 105 N Bayshore Dr, Safety Harbor, FL 34695
    • 27
    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 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, June 3rd, 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: May 2, 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




    • June 05, 2021
    • 11:45 AM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Safety Harbor Resort & Spa, 105 N Bayshore Dr, Safety Harbor, FL 34695
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    West Coast Better Vision Tabletop Exhibits

    Tabletop exhibit fee of $495 includes one (1) six-foot draped table, one (1) sign, and two (2) representative name badges. Additional representative badges are available at $25 each.  Electricity is NOT included. One additional table is available for $35, if you bring or if we provide it. Hotel accommodations are not included.

    West Coast Better Vision will be held at:


    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: May 2, 2021

    Driving Directions to Safety Harbor


    Prefer to not register online?

    Click here to download the 2021 POF Exhibitor Agreement







    • 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.



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




    • August 07, 2021
    • 11:45 AM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • The Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort,100 N Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32118
    Register


    Summer Showcase 2021 Tabletop Exhibits

    Tabletop exhibit fee includes one (1) six foot table, one (1) sign and two (2) representative name badges. Additional representative badges are available at $25 each. Electricity is NOT included. One (1) additional table is available for $35 if you bring it or if we provide it. Hotel accommodations are not included.


    Do you to prefer to register offline?

    Click here to download the 2021 POF Exhibitor Agreement.

    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.



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




    • September 14, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar-Online
    • 100
    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
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    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 group in order to receive the reduced rate.  Please book your room by November 8, 2021.


    Book Hotel Now




    • December 04, 2021
    • 11:45 AM - 7:00 PM (EST)
    • The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, 321 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
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    Exhibit Booths at Vision Preview 2021


    Exhibit booth fee includes a 8' by 10' booth.  1 sign and representative name badges per show.  Electricity is NOT included . Hotel accommodations are not included.

    Exhibit move in at 8:30 am Saturday morning of the event and exhibit breakdown starts no sooner than 7:00 pm, to be completed by 10:00 pm that evening.

    Exhibit times are Saturday from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm & 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.


    Click here to download the 2021 POF Exhibitor Agreement.


    The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort


    HOTEL RESERVATIONS: A reduced room rate of $149.00, Self parking is $30 per overnight and $18 per day plus tax. You can make hotel reservations by calling (888) 627-7108  and advising the hotel you are with the Vision Preview Group  to receive the reduced rate or click below to book online by November 8, 2021.

    Book Hotel Now

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