SECO makes every effort to secure accreditation for continuing education courses and learning labs as appropriate through COPE, ARBO, ABO/NCLE, AOA Paraoptometrics (CPO, CPOA, CPOT, CPOC).  SECO is unable to guarantee that a licensing board or certifying organization will accredit all courses presented during SECO 2021. Attendees should be familiar with the requirements for any licensing or certification agencies to which education attendance may be reported. SECO will not be responsible for courses that do not receive accreditation.

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.

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 and certification requirements. Attendees who fail to comply with attendance requirements during a course will not receive continuing education credit for that course.


SECO makes every effort to secure accreditation for continuing education courses/learning labs as appropriate through the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO), Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE).

All SECO 2021 continuing education courses are submitted to ARBO for COPE approval and courses selected for Continuing Education with Examination/Transcript Quality (CEE/TQ) are noted as well. SECO will report CE attendance to ARBO for attendees who provide their OE Tracker number when they register to attend.

All COPE-accredited continuing education courses are strictly monitored to comply with licensing board regulations for accreditation and within The Optometric Guidelines for Independent Continuing Education (ICE). If you do not meet the required attendance rules, you will not receive credit.

Standards for Commercial Support Compliance: Event Financial Support

The content of this COPE Accredited CE activity was planned and prepared independently by SECO International without input from members of a commercial interest.  SECO International has received commercial support from Alcon, Bausch + Lomb, Regeneron, Essilor, Maculogix, and Lumenis for this activity in the form of an unrestricted educational grant.

Disclosure of relevant financial relationships for all individuals in a position to control the content of this CE activity.

Andriana Foster Education Manager N/A SECO Employee
Renae Shepherd Education Consultant N/A SECO Consultant
Beth Bartelt Education Manager N/A SECO Employee
Walter Mayo, OD SECO Technology Consultant N/A SECO Technology Consultant
Paul Ajamian, OD SECO Volunteer - Gen. CE Chair N/A SECO Volunteer
Paige Foster, OD SECO Volunteer - OD CE Chair N/A SECO Volunteer
Ted McElroy, OD SECO Volunteer – MedPro Chair N/A SECO Volunteer

None of the other individuals in a position to control the content of this activity including planning committee members, instructors, or moderators/facilitators have any relevant financial relationships with a COPE defined commercial interest to disclose.

Kentucky ETP-Qualified Courses at SECO 2021

SECO 2021 courses that count towards Kentucky's ETP hours will be published here as soon as they are confirmed.   More information about these courses is available on our Kentucky ETP page.

Florida CE Broker

SECO reports attendance for all for-credit CE courses to Florida CE Broker only for qualifying professionals licensed in the state of Florida who provide a valid license number and prefix upon registration.


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.

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).

State Boards of Opticianry

The majority of state boards require the courses to first be ABO and/or NCLE approved. For some states, 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.


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).

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