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    OptiProfessor.com is the premier provider of online CE credits for opticians, contact lens technicians and optometric technicians. We offer ABO/NCLE exam study guides and sample tests. The OptiProfessor Bookstore carries a complete line of vision care related books including System for Ophthalmic Dispensing and the Self Study Course for Paraoptometric Certification.

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  1. OptiProfessor

    How Many CPO Credits Do I Need?

    Paraoptometric Continuing Education and Renewal Requirements Requirements For Renewal Commission on Paraoptometric Certification General Rules and Procedures This guide covers CPC Certification Renewal information for AOA Certified Paraoptometrics. Purpose of Renewal The CPC renewal program helps assure that Certified Paraoptometrics remain current in optometric assisting skills and knowledge. Participation and General Requirements If you hold a designation of CPO, CPOA or CPOT you must participate in continuing education activities and report such activities to the CPC every three years. You must earn a minimum of 18 hours every three years. Failure to meet this requirement will result in loss of CPC designation. PLEASE NOTE Credits cannot be carried over from previous renewal cycle. Schedule Renewals are due every third year on July 1. The cycle is set on a calendar year. For example, if you earn your CPO certification anytime between January-December 2004, you renewal will be due on July 1, 2007. Should you earn a higher designated level the following year, your renewal date will then be due one year later. For example, you are a CPO who earned this designation in 2004. In 2005, you earn your CPOA designation. Therefore, your renewal will come due July 1, 2008. Renewal Activities/Courses The CPC determines what education/activity is acceptable for renewal. Please refer to Table #1 for information. Detailed Procedures Notification Notice is sent to certificants every January of the renewal year. Usually in late January, you will receive a letter reminding you that your certification is due in July of that year. Accepted continuing education or activities can be downloaded from the website if desired. Renewal statements mailed every June of the renewal year. In early June of your renewal year, you will receive your official notification stating your renewal is due on July 1 of the current year. All documented proof of continuing education must be submitted with the statement and the renewal fee indicated. Do not send payment without enclosing continuing education credits. A second notice will be mailed to anyone not renewing his or her certification in August of the current year. A late fee of $15 will be added to the renewal fee indicated. Any CPC certificant who does not renew by December 31 of the renewal year, will lose their designation and be dropped from the CPC program. Keeping Track of Credits You are responsible for keeping track of your own activities and compiling supporting documentation. Set up a file or binder for all CPC materials. It is very important to set up a personal procedure for tracking CPC renewal credits. You may prefer a file or pocket folder or a 3-ring binder. You will want to keep this CPC Certification Renewal Guide, supporting documents and a running list of CPC credits earned in this file. Use the CPC Log Form to keep track of your hours. There are log forms in the back of this guide to help you keep track of your activities and hours earned. At least once a year, you will want to review and update your records. A good time to check your records is when you receive your reminder letter in January of the renewal year. Keeping track of your records will make it easy for you to prepare for renewal. The CPC does not track your credits earned. Keep original documentation that verifies credit earned. Retain all documentation supporting your renewal. You will need to submit this documentation when you renew. Be sure the information includes your name, date of course or activity, and is validated by the sponsor or educator. It must also state in number of hours the length of the activity or course. Acceptable credit is listed on Table 1 and on the AOA Web site (www.aoa.org). Reporting Do not report until notified. Do not report, send documentation or payment until you receive your statement. You must renew on or before December 31 of your renewal year. You must renew your certification or you risk losing your designation with the CPC. Counting CPC Approved Hours Keep track of hours as they are earned. When maintaining your records, you may have credits that have a portion of a full hour. For example, you may receive a credit of 1.5 hours. Do keep track of these as they may be needed at the time of renewal. Total points are not rounded up. For example, you may have 17.5 credit hours at the end of your renewal cycle. This does not meet the requirement of 18 hours. Points earned during a cycle may be claimed for that cycle only. Points do not carry over. Credits earned for renewal are only acceptable if they were earned within the three-year cycle. For example, should you become certified in 2004 and your renewal is July 2007, the CPC will only accept credit from 2004-2007. Notification of Renewal CPC will review your credits earned and determine if they are acceptable according to the guidelines. CPC Renewal Approved. If you meet the renewal requirements, submit the appropriate fee by your due date, the CPC will send you a letter of renewal acceptance along with an updated seal for your current certificate. CPC Renewal Not Approved. If you do not meet the renewal requirements (18 hours and renewal fee), you will receive a letter of explanation. You may at that time request an extension of time to renew. If you resolve the issue, and reapply for renewal by submitting the required documentation and fee, the CPC will notify you that you have met the requirements and update your record accordingly. If you do not renew on or by December 31 of your renewal year, the CPC will notify you that you have lost your designation. Renewal Fees Renewal fees for all CPC Certified individuals - $75 Renewals received after due date add $15 Reacquiring CPC Designation If you do not renew your certification and lose your designation, you have a three-year period from the notification date during which you can reacquire your certification designation lost. You must register, pay and successfully pass the examination of the designation you lost. Three years after losing your designation for failing to meet CPC Renewal Requirements, you must reapply and begin at the first level of CPO. For example, if you are a CPOA and have not renewed, you will have three years in which to retest at that level. Should you wish to recertify after that three-year period, you will need to start at the CPO level. Extensions You may request an extension for renewal, only within your renewal year, from the CPC. This must be in the form of a written request. However, an extension may shorten the next CPC renewal cycle. Appeals Procedures You may make a written appeal of any decisions of CPC relating to renewal compliance. In the appeal, you may: 1. Seek an extension of time to complete the CPC renewal requirements, or 2. Seek a partial exemption from the requirements. All appeals must be addressed to the CPC Administrator in writing within six months of notification of not having complied with CPC requirements. The CPC reviews and acts on all appeals. Exemptions. You may appeal in writing to request a partial exemption from CPC renewal requirements. An exemption allows CPC to waive part or all of the requirements when there is an undue hardship, incapacity or disability, or other extenuating circumstances. Supporting documents must accompany the written request to provide justification. Table 1: Acceptable Requirements Accepted Education Sponsors for Renewal American Optometric Association Schools and Colleges of Optometry Regional and International Optometric Conferences COPE approved courses JCAHPO approved courses ABO and NCLE approved courses State Optometric Associations State or Local Paraoptometric Associations Optometric Extension Program Foundation approved courses Recognized Paraoptometric Institutions Providers pre-approved by the CPC Accepted Activities for Renewal Oral presentation of lectures and/or workshops approved by the CPC or above approved providers Authorship or co-authorship of work related articles and manuscripts approved by the CPC or above approved providers Suggested Subject Matter Anatomy and Physiology Basic Procedures Coding Workshop Contact Lenses Corneal Topography Corrective Surgery CPR Certified/First Aid HIPAA Low Vision Ophthalmic Optics and Dispensing Ophthalmic Pharmacology Practice Management Refractive Status of the Eye
  2. Transitions Optical $500 Scholarship Once again Transitions Optical offered $500 Scholarships to outstanding opticianry students through the Healthy Sight for Life Fund. The fund was established to help ensure a better understanding and achievement of healthy sight. We appreciate Transitions Optical’s continued commitment to opticianry education. A special thanks to Carole Brattieg for her professional support and encouragement of our next generation of eyecare professionals. 2008 U.S. Opticianry Student Awardees: 1. Marian Considine from Erie Community College Healthy Sight Counseling For Baby Boomers 2. Brenda Lainez from Miami Community College Dade Road To Healthy Eyesight 3. Carole LoVerso from Erie Community College The Optician’s Role In Patient Health Care (Poster) 4. Zolia Regalado from DeKalb Technical College No Need To Compromise Your Visual Acuity 5. Brittany Bishop from Baker College The Importance of Sunglasses All of the winners projects were turned into posters that were on display at the ABO/NCLE Educational Conference. The posters will be on display at Transitions headquarters for next several months. The top two winners were quests of Transitions at the ABO/NCLE Educational Conference.
  3. In Recognition of her distinguished service to Opticianry Education. The National Federation of Opticianry Schools presented the 2008 Dennis Tilley - Educator of the Year Award to Kristi Green from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College at the NFOS Meeting recently held in conjunction with the ABO/NCLE Educational Conference. Congrats Kristi!!!
  4. OptiProfessor

    Sample ABO Exams

    Sample ABO Exams Over the past few years, several folks have asked me about the availability of a sample ABO exam. So, I built one. My sample exam is exactly like the National Opticianry Competency Examination (NOCE) better known as simply the ABO Exam. The OptiProfessor Sample ABO Exam Kit is the perfect tool to put yourself in a 'real life' ABO exam experience. You can now determine how well you are likely to do on the exam. Then you'll know what areas you need to concentrate on. This is as close to the real thing as you're ever going to get. This 58 page kit contains a sample ABO Exam consisting of 125 multiple choice questions, answer sheet with explanations, scantron answer sheet and scantron sheet with answers. You also get a free bonus, "ABO Exam Strategies", a 16 page report on the strategies needed to pass your ABO certification exam. Available in hard copy or immediate download… Read More
  5. OptiProfessor

    Hello

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  6. 5 Things You Must Do Before a Job Interview So you just found out that you have a job interview tomorrow and unfortunately procrastination is a weaknesses you haven’t yet conquered. Here are the down and dirty tips to pull it together at the last minute. 1. Look at the job posting you are applying for, and develop sound bites that address the needs of the employer. Think of examples where you demonstrated the skills that appear in the job posting and develop answers that clearly show an employer that you are the perfect candidate for this position. All sound bites should be 2-3 minutes in length. 2. Use the TODAY acronym to develop additional sound bites of your experiences. TODAY stands for Teamwork, Overcoming Obstacles, Duties of your past positions, Achievements, Your strengths and weaknesses. Remember to clearly describe exactly what you did in each situation. The employer is hiring you, not the other people in your story. 3. Research the company. Search the internet for any recent press releases and check out the company’s website. Know what they do, and develop some idea as to how the position you are hiring for fits within the company. 4. Think of questions to ask an interviewer. Look at the job posting and your research about the company and think of 3-5 questions you can ask during the interview. What are you curious about? Do they manufacture a product you are familiar with, or never even knew existed before you started to research the company? Where does this department fit in the grand scheme of the company? What projects is the department currently working on? 5. Lastly, prepare answers to the following questions: Tell me about yourself, Why did you leave your last position, or why are you looking for a new job, Why should I hire you, and The Salary Question. You know that these questions will be asked in one form or another, so there is no excuse to not have prepared an answer. And that’s it. Interviewing is just that simple when it’s broken into it’s simplest components. Focus on preparing answers to all of the scenarios above, and you will be ahead of the game. Remember to clearly articulate in each and every sound bite exactly what you did. Practice with a tape recorder to critique yourself, or with a friend to repeat back to you exactly what you did in a situation to make sure you’re preparing correctly. For more tips, use the link below to purchase the booklet “Successful Job Interviews Revealed.”, or attend the upcoming “Sweaty Palms and Awkward Answers” Continuing Education class in Stamford. And yes, I am always willing to try to fit in a last minute coaching appointment for interview emergencies. © Red Inc. Melanie Szlucha Melanie Szlucha has been a hiring manager for over 10 years. She founded Red Inc. two years ago to help people become more relaxed and prepared during the job interview process. Combining presentation and communication skills with her experience in conducting job interviews, she is able to coach job applicants through landing their perfect job. She is available for individual coaching, classes for employers and interviewees and can be contacted on her website http://www.redinc.biz or melanie at redinc.biz Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Melanie_Szlucha
  7. OptiProfessor

    MARCO RECOGNIZES LABS

    MARCO RECOGNIZES LABS September 2008 - Marco polarized eyewear has recognized three sales professionals from its group of optical laboratories for excellence in Marco’s “Doorbuster” sales incentive. The top three optical laboratory sales professionals with the most new doors opened by the end of May 2008 received a recognition plaque and a share of $2,000.00 in prizes. The winners are: First Place, Heide Matthews-Boullt of Katz & Klein Optical of Sacramento, CA; Second Place, Scott Kitzerow of Sutherlin Optical of Kansas City, MO; and Third Place, Vicki Masliah of Hirsch Optical in Farmingdale, NY. “This was a very successful event, and we look forward to it being even more so next year,” said Cornelius Daly, Marketing Manager for Marco polarized. “On behalf of Merchamp USA, I would like to congratulate the winners and all of the participants for the energy and enthusiasm they contributed.” Merchamp USA has agreements with several U.S. optical laboratories to distribute its Marco polarized line of fully Rxable, high fashion polarized sunglasses. Merchamp USA is a division of European eyewear company Merchamp Ltd. Source: OLP NEWS
  8. October 9, 2008 BILL targeting Oklahoma optometry procedures clears legislature Oklahoma City,OK USA By The Associated Press A battle between optometrists and ophthalmologists over the kinds of eye surgery that can be performed in Oklahoma played out in the state Legislature on Wednesday. The House and Senate both approved a bill that would allow optometrists to perform non-laser eye surgeries authorized by the Oklahoma Board of Examiners in Optometry. Retina, laser in-situ keratomileusis, or LASIK, and cosmetic lid surgery would still be prohibited under the bill. Passage came despite opposition from ophthalmologists who say only medical doctors should be allowed to perform such procedures. Ophthalmologists are physicians who are authorized to perform ocular surgery. Optometrists, who attend optometry school but are not medical doctors, are allowed in Oklahoma to perform certain laser eye surgeries. David Cockrell, president of the Oklahoma State Board of Examiners in Optometry, said the measure was requested because of a recent attorney general's opinion that stated optometrists were not allowed to perform non-laser surgeries. The opinion also said the board didn't have the authority to authorize those procedures. "We didn't bring this legislation forward in any attempt to expand the scope of practice," Cockrell said. "Because the procedures we already do are termed surgical procedures, we needed put that language in statute so that we can bill for those procedures and receive payment." Rep. Dale Wells, who supported the bill, said another component of the issue is one of access. He said Oklahoma has 101 licensed ophthalmologists practicing in 18 of the state's 77 counties. By contrast, there are 600 registered optometrists in 72 counties, he said. Failure to pass the bill "will gut the ability of these people to provide great eye care to the people of Oklahoma." Ophthalmologists, however, argue that Oklahoma is already the only state in the nation to allow optometrists to perform laser surgery, a policy they oppose. "It should be of concern to Oklahomans that only in Oklahoma, health care providers who are not trained surgeons are allowed to use lasers to perform delicate eye surgery," said Dr. Cynthia Bradford, secretary for state affairs for the American Academy of Ophthalmologists. "This is an unprecedented policy. It is not in the best interest of patient eye care." Rep. Odilia Dank, who opposed the bill, agreed. "Non-laser surgery is surgery with a knife," said Dank, R-Oklahoma City. "The slightest error can do huge damage." The bill, which passed the House 85-9 and the Senate 40-6, now heads to the governor for consideration.
  9. Texas is one of the states that does not require opticians to be licensed. Frequent attempts have been made to get mandatory licensing for opticians passed through the state legislature. These attempts have all been defeated. There is voluntary registration for opticians with the Texas Department of Health. If you are an ABO certified optician you can apply to be a Registered Optician in the state of Texas. The Registered Opticians Association of Texas (ROATx) is presently preparing for the next legislative session. It appears that the purpose of the next legislative attempt will be to still keep it voluntary, but add something so Registered Opticians in Texas (especially those who work for chain stores) can move to another state and not have to go through the entire licensure process for those states that require a license. This means it would still be voluntary, but the requirements to be a Registered Optician would have to closely match the licensing requirements in licensed states. Several of the chain stores have pledged their help on legislation if this is added because it would make it much easier for them to transfer employees/managers/etc from state to state. Another item they have discussed is to require every optician in the state to inform any patient they help verbally or by way of a name tag that they either are or are not a registered optician. The hope is that the embarrassment of having to tell every patient they are NOT a Registered Optician will cause a lot more people to become registered to avoid the embarrassment. The first part of this effort should be easy to get passed. The second part may prove to be more challenging. ROATx is a very well managed and organized state opticians association. They are very active in furthering the education of opticians and enhancing their profession.
  10. OptiProfessor

    Seeing Things Her Way

    A woman walks in an optical shop to return a pair of eyeglasses that she had purchased for her husband a week before. "What seems to be the problem, madam?", the optician asks. She shouted, "I'm returning these glasses I bought for my husband. He's still not seeing things my way."
  11. OptiProfessor

    New Forum Topic

    Hey Folks: This is a new section of the OptiFprum. We'll take a good shot at answering all of your questions regarding the study and preparation for your certification exams. So if you need information, or just have some questions, about the ABO (aka NOCE), NCLE and CPC certification exams just make a post. I look forward to hearing from you. :Happy:
  12. OptiProfessor

    School or Apprentice

    Now of course I have a biased opinion... but I agree with all who replied. There is no substitute for a college based opticianry school that is accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation (COA). These schools follow strict guidelines on curriculum, lab experience, clinicals, instruction, etc. established by the COA. All COA accredited programs offer some type of associate degree. Some schools offer a one year program. The Tyler Junior College Vision Care Technology program does both. TJC offers a one-year Certificate of Proficiency and a two-year Associate of Applied Science in Vision Care Technology. There is no way that an apprenticeship setting can teach an optician as much as they can learn in a on or two year structured program. The last we checked, the overall pass rate of those taking the ABO exam was about 66%. The pass rate of those taking the ABO exam who graduated from an opticianry school was about 90%.
  13. How many credits do I need? I'm asked that question frequently. This should help. The following is the most current list of ABO/NCLE CE requirements. ABO and NCLE Continuing Education and Renewal Requirements All ABO and NCLE certifications are for three (3) years. Continuing education credits (CECs) must be earned within the three-year certification period and may not be accumulated and carried over from one period to another. All CECs and renewal fees are due on or before your expiration date. If you fail to complete the requirements on time, you have a 4th year to complete them. During that year, your certification is suspended. This suspension year is not an extension, but will overlap into your next certification period. Renewing in the suspension year requires the payment of an additional $15 late penalty. Continuing education renewal requirements: ABO Certified: Send in 12 ABO approved CECs (up to 3 may be NCLE approved) and the $85 fee. NCLE Certified: Send in 18 NCLE approved CECs (up to 6 may be ABO approved) and the $85 fee. ABO and NCLE Certified: Send in 21 CECs (9 ABO approved and 12 NCLE approved) plus the $170 fee. Acceptable Continuing Education Credit: For ABO: Spectacle related courses approved by ABO with an assigned course number. Advanced certification prerequisite courses (ABO or NCLE). For NCLE: Contact lens related courses approved by NCLE with an assigned course number. Advanced certification prerequisite courses (ABO or NCLE). Alternate Renewal Methods: NEW ABO: You may submit proof of maintaining a valid state license if the state has a satisfactory provision for continuing education. NEW NCLE: You may submit proof of maintaining a valid state license if the license entitles you to fit contact lenses and the state has a satisfactory provision for continuing education. For Either: You may also retake and pass the exam for recertification instead of earning CECs, but only in the third or suspension year of your certification. You may not sit for the exam at any other time during your certification. Send CECs and Renewal Fees to: ABO/NCLE 6506 Loisdale Rd., Suite 209, Springfield, VA 22150 Be sure to include your name, address and certificate number. Remember OptiProfessor submits your credits to the ABO/NCLE for you. You don't have to worry about taking care of that. Let us do it.
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