ACCREDITATION INFORMATION

SECO does not guarantee that a licensing board or certifying organization will accredit any course presented during SECO 2019. 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 have not received accreditation.

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.

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.

COPE

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 2019 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.

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.

ABO/NCLE

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

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.

JCAHPO (COA, COT, COMT, OSA, OSC)

The 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).

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. All JCAHPO courses will be listed as pending in the course list until final approval is granted.

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).