Optometrist Requirements

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Florida Optometrists, it’s about time to renew your license! Your February 28th renewal date is quickly approaching. We want to be sure that your renewal process is quick and painless so this blog will lay out all of your requirements and answer any questions you might have. Keep reading to learn all the ins and outs of your license requirements.

What Are My Requirements?

All Optometrists are required to complete 30 hours of continuing education (CE) each biennium:

  • Two (2) hour course relating to the prevention of medical errors
  • Two (2) hour course in Florida laws and rules
  • Twenty six (26) hours in general CE​

All Certified Optometrists are required to complete 30 hours of CE each biennium:​

  • Two (2) hour course relating to the prevention of medical errors
  • Two (2) hour course in Florida laws and rules
  • Six (6) hours in transcript quality CE
  • Twenty (20) hours in general CE 

Is There Anything Particularly Important I Should Know?

  • Please note all continuing education must be live continuing education hours. Self study continuing education is not allowed.
  • Licensed practitioners shall be permitted to earn two hours of the 30 clock hours in the area of practice management and two hours of the 30 clock hours in the area of cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

More Information:

For more information on the renewal process, you can visit the Florida Board of Optometry website and click on the “Renewal” tab at the top of the screen or you can simply click on the link above. If you want to renew your license through the Florida Department of Health, click on this link to be redirected to their website.

We are dedicated to helping you successfully renew your license so we have plenty of tools for you to utilize if you have any questions! We have added a special Optometry FAQ section just for you in our Support pages. To find a specific course to fulfill any unmet requirements, you can watch our Course Search video by clicking on the picture below.

Watch our Course Search Video here to walk you through how to find the course you need

For your ultimate worry-free, personalized solution try our 7-Day Trial for our Professional Account. With your Professional Account you can access your CE Compliance Transcript, receive continuing education and license deadline reminders, report CE to your account and much more to simplify your renewal process.

New Course Search Features for Providers

We have launched a new and improved Course Search and there are some important changes you need to be aware of.  It has a new look and many new features for providers and licensees:

1)      Unique Course Registration Website

2)      Course Price

3)      Provider logo

4)      New tags for Unique Course Registration Website and price in the XML file format

You can now enter a unique Course Registration Website for every course you wish to advertise.  When a licensee selects to take your course, our Course Search used to take the licensee to the same page for every course you offered.  Now, you can have a separate address for every course, so you can take the licensee directly to your registration page.  This feature is optional.  If you do not enter a Course Registration Website, we will use the Registration Website if one is listed in your Organization Profile.  We believe licensees will be much more likely to take your course if they can get to the unique course registration page.

You can now enter a price for all of your courses.  Users will be able to sort results by price and eventually may be able to search by price.  We believe that this new feature will be helpful to both your business and licensees.  This feature is also optional.

When you create a new course, we will now ask you if you want to “Advertise to the Licensee Public?”

For a live course:

For an anytime course:

If you select “Yes” for an anytime course, it will automatically be advertised on the Course Search so you do not have to go back and publish later.

You may now also add price and Unique Course Registration Websites to existing courses or existing publishings.  It is very important that you enter the entire URL for the Course Registration Website like the example shown.

Because every course has its own unique page and URL, your courses advertised on our search have a chance of showing up on traditional search engines like Google.  The more keywords you include in your course description the better your chances of being found in the traditional search engines.

You can upload your logo from the Organization Profile page and it will be applied automatically to all of your individual courses.

Every course in our search will have its own unique course description page.  Here the licensee will get the course details and course description as well as seeing a logo for your company.  Licensees will also be able to “Share” the course with their friends on Facebook, Twitter, or by email.

New tags for Course Registration Website and price are now included in the XML file format.  Call the Help Desk if you need assistance. 1-877-434-6323

We have also added a new graphic to the Course Search to help clarify a common misconception.  Often licensees believe they are taking courses with CE Broker because they are using our Search.  We added this graphic when they choose to start a course.

Anything you can do to help educate your customers on our role as the Official Course Search, not as an educational provider, would be greatly appreciated.

 

We believe that these changes will be a great help to licensees and your business.  Please notify us if you have any questions.