Accreditation and CE

Optometrists

SECO makes every effort to secure accreditation for optometrist continuing education courses/workshops as appropriate through: 

  • the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO), 
  • Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE); the General Optical Council (GOC), Continuing Education and Training (CET);
  • and CE Broker, submitted only for qualifying professionals licensed in the state of Florida.
 SECO does not guarantee that certifying agents will accredit or that licensing authorities will accept accreditation of any course presented during a meeting. Attendees must be familiar with the requirements for any licensing agencies, boards, etc. to which education attendance may be reported.

SECO International will report CE attendance to ARBO for attendees who provide their OE Tracker number when they register to attend. Florida licensed professionals who provide information exactly as it appears on their license will have attendance information submitted to CE Broker.

SECO recommends that attendees be familiar with their licensing requirements. Attendees who fail to comply with attendance requirements during a course will not receive continuing education credit for that course. All optometrist continuing education courses provided by SECO International are strictly monitored to comply with licensing board regulations for accreditation and within The Optometric Guidelines for Independent Continuing Education (ICE).

Ophthalmic Professionals

  • SECO makes every effort to secure accreditation for ophthalmic professional education courses and learning labs based on accreditation regulations from the appropriate boards.
  • All courses will be listed as pending until final approval is received; it is the attendee’s responsibility to guarantee that courses have been finally approved before attending courses.
  • SECO will make the levels and categories of courses available on the course listing when final approval is granted.
  • SECO will keep all attendance records for at least 5 years.
LICENSED DISPENSING OPTICIANS (LDO)
  • SECO will submit and obtain approval for all applicable courses from the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) and the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE) which will meet the requirement for optician license renewal in some states.
  • SECO will submit for state approval from the following state Licensed Dispensing Optician boards: Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. The majority of state boards require the courses to first be ABO and/or NCLE approved, therefore, for some, only ABO and/or NCLE courses will be applicable to their state license. The attendee is responsible for verifying all state requirements before attending courses and subsequently reporting of attendance.
  • SECO will only submit continuing education credits for those with licenses in Florida if the proper license number is provided during registration.
  • Opticianry State Licensing Boards: Click here for more.
OPTICIANRY AND CONTACT LENSES
  • The American Board of Opticianry (ABO) and the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE) governs the following certifications: American Board of Opticianry Certification (ABOC), ABO Advanced Certification (ABO-AC), ABO Masters Certification (ABOM), National Contact Lens Certification (NCLEC), NCLE Advanced Certification (NCLE-AC), and NCLE Masters Certification (NCLEM).
  • Courses will be designated either General Knowledge or Technical; if Technical, courses can be Level I (basic), Level II (intermediate) or Level III (advanced).
  • Find the full listing of certifications and requirements at: Click here for more.
OPHTHALMIC TECHNICIANS (COA, COT, COMT, OSA, OSC)
  • Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) governs the following certifications: Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA), Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT), Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT), Ophthalmic Scribe Certification (OSC), Ophthalmic Surgical Assisting (OSA), Registered Ophthalmic Ultrasound Biometrist (ROUB), Certified Diagnostic Ophthalmic Sonographer (CDOS), and Corporate Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (CCOA).
  • Find the full listing of certifications and requirements at: Click here for more.
  • All JCAHPO courses will be listed as pending in the course list until final approval is granted.
  • All ophthalmology (eye-care) related topics, regardless of the relation to an examination content area, will be awarded Group A credit for classroom (lecture), workshops and e-learning courses. Courses/seminars must be submitted to and pre-approved by JCAHPO’s Education Department to qualify for CE credit. 
AOA PARAOPTOMETRICS (CPO, CPOA, CPOT, CPOC)
  • All ophthalmic professional and team-centered courses presented at SECO will be submitted to the American Optometric Association Paraoptometric (AOA PARA) Section. The AOA PARA Section covers the following certifications: Certified Paraoptometric (CPO), Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOA), Certified Paraoptometric Technician (CPOT), and Paraoptometric Coding Certification (CPOC).
  • Those who hold a designation of CPO, CPOA or CPOT must earn a minimum of 18 hours in continuing education every three years and provide proof of this CE credit to the CPC by Nov. 1 of their renewal year. All CE credit hours submitted for recertification must have been attained prior to the recertification deadline date and during the current 3-year renewal cycle.
  • Find the full listing of certifications and requirements: Click here for more.
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