Education Policies & Procedures

Course Registration and Attendance

All continuing education courses except workshops are included in the inclusive registration fee; pre-registration is not required. Courses are limited by room capacities; admittance will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Workshops require advance registration, and space is limited.

Optometric staff and students may take any course on the OD program for no additional fee except for workshops. There are also specific courses designed for optometric staff, including two hands-on workshops with no fee. Paraoptometric course numbers begin with the letter "P." Paraoptometrics and students may take all OD workshops except the two surgery workshops.

A name badge is required to attend each course. Course auditing is not permitted, so attendees will not be able to enter the course for no credit. Participants are required to be in a course 50 minutes for every one hour of education. If you are more than 10 minutes late for a one-hour course or 20 minutes late for a two-hour course, you will not be allowed to enter the room.

Participants must remain in the session room until the completion of the course. Should it be necessary to leave the room at any time, you must return within 10 minutes. If you do not return within 10 minutes, the course monitor is directed not to allow you back in the course, and you will not receive continuing education credit.

Course Approvals

Optometrist courses will be COPE approved unless otherwise noted on the CE grids.

All Optometric Staff courses will be approved by the Commission on Paraoptometric Certification (CPC) for continuing education credit and are acceptable for certification renewal requirements. Some Optometric Staff courses will be submitted to the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) and the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE) for consideration.

Course Handouts

Handouts are available in the education grids and on the mobile app.  Locate the course on the daily grids and click Download in the Handout column.

Obtaining Your CE Credits

You can claim your credits on the Optometry's Meeting mobile app or online. Click here for information.

Continuing Education with Examination

Certain courses have been selected to offer Continuing Education with Examination (transcript quality) certification for course attendees. These courses are designated "CEE" in the course description. The course numbers are 1050, 1055, 1155,1160,2195, 3060, 3100, 3110, and 3140.  

After attending a CEE course, a form will be available for you to mark the test number(s) you are requesting. Print your name and address on the form and return it to the CE Office, Colorado Convention Center, Room 711. After Optometry's Meeting, the test(s) you request will be emailed to the address on the form you submit. Your CEE test packet will include instructions for returning the test for grading.  

When the completed examination and check are received at the Illinois College of Optometry, it will be graded; upon passing, you will receive a certificate. It is the attendee's responsibility to submit/report individual test results to the appropriate state board(s) of optometry and ARBO. The test grading fee, to be paid to the Illinois College of Optometry by each examinee, is $30 per test.

Audiotaping

Select continuing education sessions will be audiotaped and will be available for AOA members to view on EyeLearn® after the meeting. Please note, personal audio and/or video recording of any presentation is not permitted.