Q. When do the current continuing education cycles end?
The College of Opticians of Ontario has implemented their new Quality Assurance Program. With this new program, Opticians are now required to submit a portfolio at the end of each year. Please refer to the College’s website at www.coptont.org for further details.
The new CE cycle for Optometrists started January 2015. Visit www.collegeoptom.on.ca for further details.
The CE cycle end date for Optometric Assistants is three years from your certification renewal date. Visit www.opto.ca for further information.
Q. How many continuing education hours do I need?
Opticians are required to obtain a minimum of 8 “accredited” continuing education hours each year (4 eyeglass hours and 4 contact lens hours) and 8 “self-directed hours.”
Optometrists are required to obtain a minimum of 70 hours of continuing education during each three-year cycle. Of the 70 hours, a minimum of 50 Category A hours and 20 Category A or B hours are required. Of the 50 Category A hours, a minimum of 20 hours must be on topics directly related to TPA’s. AOE obtains accreditation of their lectures from COPE. The Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE), was created by the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO) to accredit continuing education on behalf of optometric licensing boards. 52 licensing boards accept COPE accredited courses toward maintenance of licensure. COPE utilizes a standardized course submission process, together with a standardized administrator qualification process, to fulfill its mission.
Optometric Assistants are required to obtain a minimum of 18 hours of continuing education during each three-year cycle.
Q. I was unable to attend a seminar. Can I get a refund?
If you cancelled your registration before our registration deadline, which is usually two weeks before any of our seminars, then a 100% refund is applicable. If you cancelled your registration after our deadline date, our policy is “no cancellations, refunds, credits or transfer of registration.”
Q. I have misplaced my attendance certificates. What should I do?
We can easily provide you with a copy of any misplaced attendance certificates. Click here to download a request form. Please note that a $15.00 plus 13% HST administration fee will apply.