Q. When do the current continuing education cycles end?
The new 3-year CE cycle for Optometrists began January 2018. Visit www.collegeoptom.on.ca for further details.
The College of Opticians of Ontario has implemented their new Quality Assurance Program. With this new program, Opticians are now required to prepare a portfolio at the end of each year. Please refer to the College’s website at www.coptont.org for further details.
The CE cycle end date for Optometric Assistants is 3 years from your certification renewal date. Visit www.opto.ca for further information.
Q. How many continuing education hours do I need?
Optometrists are required to obtain a minimum of 70 hours of continuing education during each 3-year cycle. Of the 70 hours, a minimum of 50 ‘Category A’ hours and 20 ‘Category A’ or ‘Category 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 is an official COPE-approved provider of ‘Class A’ continuing education.
Each year, Opticians must complete a Professional Portfolio. As part of the Portfolio requirements, Opticians must complete a combined total of 16 continuing education hours annually, which includes:
– 8 accredited CE hours (4 hours specific to contact lens (CL) technology and 4 hours specific to eyeglass (EG) technology
– 8 self-directed CE hours that are directly linked to a learning goal
Opticians who have a refracting designation are required to submit two additional CE hours specific to refraction (RF).
Optometric Assistants are required to obtain a minimum of 18 hours of continuing education during each 3-year cycle.
Q. I was unable to attend a seminar. Can I get a refund?
If you cancelled your registration before our registration deadline, then a 100% refund is applicable. If you cancelled your registration after our deadline date, our policy is ‘no cancellations, refunds, credits or transfers.’
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.