For nearly 40 years, the Professional Opticians of Florida (POF) has been dedicated to enhancing the competency of opticians, advancing the profession of opticianry, working to resolve the governmental policy issues affecting opticianry and to protecting the health and welfare of the pubic.
Important 2020 Licensing Info
December 28, 2020
**UPDATE** Per Emergency Order, DOH No. 20-015, the license expiration date for Opticians expiring December 31, 2020, is extended to March 31, 2021.
What does this mean for you?
All Opticians need to renew their license before midnight on Tuesday, March 31, 2021, to avoid a $125 late fee. We DO NOT recommend waiting for the last minute as CE Broker is experiencing many glitches, especially for those who are Board Certified. We have been working closely with the Board office and CE broker so they may resolve this issue. Please call the POF office at 850-201-2622 if you need any assistance.
May I complete my 2019/2020 CE requirements via home study until March 31, 2021?
Yes, 64B12-15.001(8) states, “For the biennium ending December 31, 2020, the restriction on permitting a maximum of 5 hours of continuing professional education, which may be earned from courses without classroom instruction, shall not be effective. All required continuing education hours may be earned by courses without classroom instruction.”
Once your education requirements are met, please click here to renew your DO license.
If you still need hours, please visit: https://pofce.org for over 30 hours of PDF courses to choose from or visit https://pofvirtualshow.com for over 40 hours of video courses to choose from. Both options are $7.50 per hour of education or visit https://pof.org/Virtual-Show for the option to purchase the entire 40+ course bundle for $117 for POF Members or $150 for the standard rate. You do not have to be a POF member to take hours from POF.
Professional Opticians of Florida wishes everyone a happy and healthy 2021. We are excited to announce that Governor Ron DeSantis responded to our request and declared January as National Opticians Month in Florida!
POF, membership with a purpose!
2021 Legislative Update
Great news for Florida Opticians! POF just received word from our Lobbyist, Former Senator Steve Geller that Senator Diaz filed his deregulation bill again. Florida Statue 484 (the statute that regulates Opticianry) IS NOT included in the bill.
As you may recall, Opticians were included in Senator Diaz’s deregulation bill last year. Thanks to you and the huge campaign efforts lead by POF, we successfully defeated that bill. Through our efforts, not only were we able to defeat last year’s bill but we were not included in this year’s bill.
These victories don’t “just happen”...it’s the result of hard work by POF and donations made toward Opticians for Better Vision - via POF - which is used in lobbying efforts with our state legislature. Every dollar donated to Opticians for Better Vision in this last year, clearly assisted POF in sharing The POF Vision with state lawmakers. Those lawmakers saw it fit to protect the licenses of opticians in the state, thereby protecting the public.
Thanks to all who donated to Opticians for Better Vision!
While other bills can still be filed, we are looking good so far. If you are not a member of the Professional Opticians of Florida, please join today. POF, membership with a purpose!! https://pof.org/Join-POF
Congratulations on your victory!
Opticians for Better Vision
2020 Donation Goal
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Being a Member has its benefits, it's time for you to find out more why POF is the largest and most respected Optician's organization in the US.
The Professional Opticians of Florida was established in 1981 and has been associated with the Opticians Association of America (OAA) for many years. During this time, our members have had the opportunity to attend leadership conferences and various meetings that have helped them with management skills and leadership training. At these conferences we have been able to share ideas and have problem solving discussions.
As National issues impacting Opticians have arisen, it has been beneficial to have a National unified voice that can speak to these issues. We are proud to be members of the OAA and look forward to a strong relationship in the future.
Your POF Membership also gives you membership to the OAA. Become a member today.
Professional Opticians of Florida is committed to continuing our proud tradition of offering only high-quality education with our “home study” courses that are hosted on pofCE.org.
Only top instructors in the optical profession were asked to research and write courses that are interesting and relevant to you. Each course has been reviewed by a panel of experts to ensure that all information is the most accurate and up-to-date.
All home study courses available on pofCE.org are approved by the Florida Board of Opticianry for the renewal of your Florida optician's license. Florida provider 50-1645.
June 4 - 6, 2021
Join your colleagues at The Safety Harbor Resort & Spa for another Professional Opticians of Florida exceptional education weekend. We are currently working to schedule a full, education-packed weekend for Opticians, Apprentice Opticians.
POF Virtual Show