Optician Continuing Education
Although it is not required for all opticians to progress their growth through further training and education, continuing education courses never hurt even for non-certified or non-licensed opticians. Many people in the health-care field increase their knowledge and skills through taking additional training courses offered through many outlets. For opticians with ABO or NCLE certifications or those with state licenses, continuing education is a requirement for renewal and certified and licensed opticians must obtain a certain amount of continuing education credits (CECs).
For continuing education credits for the ABO or NCLE certifications, the organization approves courses offered through many sources and outlets. Sponsors apply for approval of courses and obtain continuing education certificates. Many approved ABO-NCLE continuing education courses also count towards some state license continuing education requirements too. The problem with state license renewals is that many approve their own continuing education courses and do not accept as broad a range as ABO-NCLE certification continuing education credits do.
Sources for Continuing Education Credits
For opticians looking for sources for continuing education requirements or for those just looking for extra training, there are plenty of outlets from home study to online to conferences. Many optical societies including national and state ones like the National Academy of Opticianry and Opticians Association of Arkansas, offer courses and seminars that count toward credit. Some organizations and associations like the Optical Training Institute and the Contact Lens Society of America offer online studies for continuing education credit. Other sources include seminars and conferences that have courses, tracks, and special speakers. The International Vision Expo and Conference is an example that offers courses that are accepted for the ABO, NCLE, and many state licensing boards as well. The Southeastern Opticians Conference is another one that offers a selection of courses for those who can attend in the Georgia region.
List of Sources:
Example Continuing Education Courses:
Optician Online Continuing Education
Optical Training Institute
Quantum Optical, Inc.
Contact Lens Society of America
Professional Opticians of Florida