Optician / Allied Healthcare Professional (AHP) Accreditation Information
SECO submits course materials to various states and accrediting entities for Continuing Education (CE) course approval. Courses may be approved for CE Credit for Opticians and/or Allied Healthcare Professionals (AHP) which include Opticians, Paraoptometrics, Technicians and Practice Administrators. See below for specific accreditation details.
Optician / Allied Healthcare Professional (AHP) Accreditation Lists
Below are lists of SECO 100 courses with the indicated accreditations. Each list provides the SECO course number and course approval numbers as applicable.
NOTE: Do not assume that the courses you registered for will be automatically approved by your board just because it is on this list. Check directly with your state board to clarify any license requirements or special conditions attached to the acceptance.
Downloadable PDFs of accreditations will be available as we get closer to the Congress.
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).
Credit Reporting: The attendee is responsible for reporting to AOA PARA on their own behalf
American Board of Opticianry (ABO) / National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE)
Select Courses are approved by the The American Board of Opticianry (ABO) and/or the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE). Courses will be designated by ABO Category and Level; Level I (basic), Level II (intermediate) or Level III (advanced).
ABO/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).
Credit Reporting: The attendee is responsible for reporting to ABO/NCLE on their own behalf.
CE Broker Optician Boards (Florida, South Carolina)
Select courses have been approved by Florida (FL) and/or South Carolina (SC) Board of Opticians via the CE Broker system.
Credit Reporting: SECO will submit attendance to CE Broker (SC, FL) within 30 days following the activity if the appropriate CE Broker license number is correctly entered on the attendee registration form.
North Carolina (NC) Board of Opticians
Select courses have been approved by the North Carolina (NC) Board of Opticians as either Spectacle, Contact Lens, or Management/CL.
Credit Reporting: SECO will submit to NC Opticians Board within 30 days following the activity if the appropriate NC license number is correctly entered on the attendee registration form.
Other Optician State Boards (AZ, GA, KY, NV, TN)
Select courses have been approved by the following State Optician Boards:
- Arizona (AZ) Board of Dispensing Opticians
- Georgia (GA) Board of Dispensing Opticians
- Kentucky (KY) Board of Ophthalmic Dispensers
- Nevada (NV) Board of Dispensing Opticians
- Tennessee (TN) Board of Dispensing Opticians
Credit Reporting: The attendee is responsible for reporting to all above state boards, or any state boards/entities not listed on this page, on their own behalf.