Accreditation Information

SECO does not guarantee that a licensing board or certifying organization will accredit any course presented during SECO 2018. Attendees should be familiar with the requirements for any licensing or certification agencies to which education attendance may be reported.

SECO encourages attendees to read course descriptions thoroughly and choose the education that best meets their professional needs. SECO also recommends that attendees be familiar with their licensing/certification requirements. Attendees who fail to comply with attendance requirements during a course will not receive continuing education credit for that course.

OPTOMETRISTS

SECO makes every effort to secure accreditation for continuing education courses/learning labs as appropriate through:

  • Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO), Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE)
  • CE Broker, submitted only for qualifying professionals licensed in the state of Florida

All optometrist continuing education courses are strictly monitored to comply with licensing board regulations for accreditation and within The Optometric Guidelines for Independent Continuing Education (ICE).

Optometry State Requirements

Please be sure to check with your state board(s) to see if you are taking the appropriate courses for your professional license and/or certification.

  • Course offerings for Florida certified credits:
    • Medical Errors – 2 hrs. (#170). This course meets the requirements for Florida and other states requiring a medical errors course as part of licensure renewal.
  • Course offerings for Kentucky certified credits (5 combined hours of LP, SP, IS per year):
    • Lasers in Optometry – 2 hrs. (#602 or #606)
    • Injections Learning Lab – 2 hrs. IS (#608)
    • Narcotic Prescribing and Drug Diversion – 2 hrs. (#150). This course is required for Kentucky licensees who hold a DEA license.
  • Course offerings for North Carolina certified credits:
  • Course offerings for West Virginia:
    • Narcotic Prescribing and Drug Diversion – 2 hrs. (#150). This course meets 2 of the 3 hours of drug diversion and best practices of controlled substances.
  • Course offerings for Tennessee (pending approval from Tennessee board of Optometry):
    • Narcotic Prescribing and Drug Diversion – 2 hrs. (#150)
  • Course offerings for Pennsylvania (pending approval from Pennsylvania board of Optometry):
    • Identification and Management of Ocular Trauma Resulting from Child Abuse – 2 hrs. (#501)

Continuing Education with Examination (CEE/TW) course offerings for Illinois and Florida: #100, #101, #102,  #108, #109, #110 #139, #141, #143, #146, #149, #154, #156, #159, #161, #162, #164, #166, #169, #515, #529, #530.

OPHTHALMIC PROFESSIONALS

  • SECO makes every effort to secure accreditation for ophthalmic professional education courses and learning labs based on accreditation regulations from the appropriate boards.
  • All courses will be listed as pending until final approval is received; it is the attendee’s responsibility to guarantee that courses have been finally approved before attending courses.
  • SECO will make the levels and categories of courses available on the course listing.
  • SECO will keep all attendance records for at least 5 years.
  • State Optical Societies: Click here for more.

LICENSED DISPENSING OPTICIANS (LDO)

  • SECO will submit and obtain approval for all applicable courses from the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) and the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE) which will meet the requirement for optician license renewal in some states.
  • SECO will submit for state approval from the following state Licensed Dispensing Optician boards: Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. The majority of state boards require the courses to first be ABO and/or NCLE approved, therefore, for some, only ABO and/or NCLE courses will be applicable to their state license. The attendee is responsible for verifying all state requirements before attending courses and subsequently reporting of attendance.
  • SECO will only submit continuing education credits for those with licenses in Florida if the proper license number is provided during registration.
  • Opticianry State Licensing Boards: Click here for more.

OPTICIANRY AND CONTACT LENSES

  • The American Board of Opticianry (ABO) and the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE) governs the following certifications: American Board of Opticianry Certification (ABOC), ABO Advanced Certification (ABO-AC), ABO Masters Certification (ABOM), National Contact Lens Certification (NCLEC), NCLE Advanced Certification (NCLE-AC), and NCLE Masters Certification (NCLEM).
  • Courses will be designated either General Knowledge or Technical; if Technical, courses can be Level I (basic), Level II (intermediate) or Level III (advanced).
  • Find the full listing of certifications and requirements at: Click here for more.

OPHTHALMIC TECHNICIANS (COA, COT, COMT, OSA, OSC)

  • Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) governs the following certifications: Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA), Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT), Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT), Ophthalmic Scribe Certification (OSC), Ophthalmic Surgical Assisting (OSA), Registered Ophthalmic Ultrasound Biometrist (ROUB), Certified Diagnostic Ophthalmic Sonographer (CDOS), and Corporate Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (CCOA).
  • Find the full listing of certifications and requirements at: Click here for more.
  • All JCAHPO courses will be listed as pending in the course list until final approval is granted.
  • All ophthalmology (eye-care) related topics, regardless of the relation to an examination content area, will be awarded Group A credit for classroom (lecture), workshops and e-learning courses. Courses/seminars must be submitted to and pre-approved by JCAHPO’s Education Department to qualify for CE credit. 

AOA PARAOPTOMETRICS (CPO, CPOA, CPOT, CPOC)

  • All ophthalmic professional and team-centered courses presented at SECO will be submitted to the American Optometric Association Paraoptometric (AOA PARA) Section. The AOA PARA Section covers the following certifications: Certified Paraoptometric (CPO), Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOA), Certified Paraoptometric Technician (CPOT), and Paraoptometric Coding Certification (CPOC).
  • Those who hold a designation of CPO, CPOA or CPOT must earn a minimum of 18 hours in continuing education every three years and provide proof of this CE credit to the CPC by Nov. 1 of their renewal year. All CE credit hours submitted for recertification must have been attained prior to the recertification deadline date and during the current 3-year renewal cycle. (Click here for more.)
  • Find the full listing of certifications: Click here for more.

Opticianry State Requirements 

Arizona:

Each licensee shall submit documentation to the Board verifying that the licensee has completed 12 hours or more of continuing education, within each three-year period. Of the twelve hours of continuing education, each licensee shall obtain at least:

  1. Four hours in eyeglass fitting and dispensing; (ABO)
  2. Three hours in contact lens fitting and dispensing; (NCLE)
  3. One hour in state or national Opticianry standards.

*(plus four other hours for a total of 12 hours)

Website: https://do.az.gov/resources/continuing-education

  • ABO and NCLE approved courses only

Arkansas:

The licensee is required to provide the Arkansas State Board of Dispensing Opticians with satisfactory evidence that he successfully completed four (4) hours in even numbered years and five (5) hours including one hour of jurisprudence in odd numbered years of continuing education hours approved by either the Arkansas State Board of Dispensing Opticians or the American Board of Opticianry in the year preceding the expiration date of the license being renewed pursuant.

Website: http://www.abdo.arkansas.gov/rules.html

  • ABO and Arkansas State Board of Dispensing Opticians approved courses only

Connecticut:

A licensed optician shall earn a minimum of 7 contact hours of qualifying CE during the 1 year period preceding annual renewal.

Website: http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3121&q=427784

  • ABO, NCLE or Connecticut Board of Examiners for Opticians approved courses only

Florida:

Required Subject Area Required Number of Hours Important Information
Technical 11 Eleven hours must be directly related to the technical practice of Opticianry. If the licensee is board certified, four (4) of these hours must be in technical courses related to contact lens theory and practice.
Medical Errors 2 This must be a two hour course approved by the Board.
Laws and Rules 2 This course must include the subject of Federal or Florida laws and administrative rules governing the profession.
Electives 5 These hours shall consist of courses in one or more of the following type courses: technical, laws and rules, HIV/AIDS, or subjects relating to management of a practice from a business perspective. Two hours per biennium may be earned for attendance at a Board meeting where disciplinary action is taken.
Total 20

Website: http://floridasopticianry.gov/renewals/

  • Attendance will be reported through Florida CE Broker if the license number is provided during registration.

Georgia:

Continuing Education courses totaling at least ten (10) hours shall be required for the biennial renewal of licenses. Of the ten (10) hours, a minimum of two (2) hours shall be in the area of contact lenses. Effective 04-01-2017, of the ten (10) hours, one hour must be on Georgia Opticianry Laws and Rules. Effective 04-01-2017, of the ten (10) hours, six (6) hours must be technically approved hours (which may be either spectacles or contact lenses). Of the ten (10) hours, no more than five (5) hours may be obtained via the internet. Effective 04-01-2017, of the ten (10) continuing education hours for renewal, no hours may be obtained or will be accepted for renewal via the internet or home study except for those provided by the Opticians Association of America, the National Academy of Opticianry or the Opticians Association of Georgia.

Website: http://rules.sos.ga.gov/gac/420-9

  • ABO and NCLE approved courses only

Kentucky:

Effective January 1, 1996, as a prerequisite for license renewal, licensees shall provide adequate proof that they have obtained at least six (6) hours of continuing education credits, approved by the board, during the previous twelve (12) months.

Website: http://bod.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Nevada:

Fourteen (14) units of board-approved continuing education credits: a minimum of 7 credits for in-class courses and 7 credits for contact lens courses each year.

Website: http://nvbdo.nv.gov/

North Carolina:

Each North Carolina-licensed optician shall take a total of at least eight hours of continuing education each calendar year as follows:

  1. Three hours of study on the practice of contact lens fitting; in lieu thereof, two hours of study on contact lens fitting and one hour of study may be on optical business management or consumer protection; and either:
  2. When there have been no amendments or changes to the North Carolina Opticianry laws or rules during the previous year, five hours of study on eyeglass fitting and dispensing; in lieu thereof, four hours of a study on eyeglass fitting and dispensing and one hour of study may be on laws and rules affecting North Carolina opticians, or ethics; or
  3. When there has been an amendment or change to North Carolina Opticianry laws or rules during the previous year, all licensed opticians practicing Opticianry in the state shall take one hour of continuing education on the laws and rules relating to such amendment or change and four hours of study as described in Part (A) of this Subparagraph. The Board shall notify licensees when amendments or changes are made that would require each licensee’s attendance at law/rule continuing education.
  4. Any licensed optician who is not practicing Opticianry in the state shall annually obtain a total of at least eight hours of courses of study: three hours shall be essential to the practice of contact lens fitting, and five hours shall be essential to eyeglass fitting and dispensing. One of the eight hours may be on optical business management or consumer protection.

Website: http://www.ncopticiansboard.org/Education.aspx

  • ABO and NCLE approved courses only

South Carolina:

Eight (8) hours of continuing education credit is due at renewal time by October 1 of odd numbered years from every licensed optician. Two (2) hours of the eight (8) may be in practice management. If the optician holds a contact lens license, an additional two (2) hours is due in contact lens work. This makes a total of ten (10) hours due from contact lens dispensing opticians. Four (4) hours of continuing education credit is due annually by October 1 from every registered apprentices.

Website: http://www.llr.state.sc.us/POL/Opticians/

  • ABO and NCLE approved courses only

Tennessee:

The Tennessee Board of Dispensing Opticians implemented a new rule effective December 10, 2015, putting permanent continuing education requirements in place. These are as listed below:

  • Four (4) hours Spectacles
  • Two (2) hours Contacts (not to exceed four (4) hours)
  • Two (2) hours Optional
  • One (1) hour of Ethics and Jurisprudence

The one hour Ethics and Jurisprudence may be satisfied by completing the Board’s Ethics and Jurisprudence exam (see below) or attending one (1) morning session of a regularly scheduled meeting of the Board.

Website: https://www.tn.gov/health/topic/DO-board

  • ABO and NCLE approved courses only

Virginia:

Required to keep ABO and/or NCLE certifications active.

Website: http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/boards/has-opticians/