Education Policies & Procedures

CE Monitor Application

It's that time of year again! We are now accepting applications for current students attending an optometry school in the US or Canada to apply to be a CE monitor at Optometry's Meeting in Denver. We are excited for this summer's meeting in a beautiful place and hope you all are too! Please click here for information and to apply.

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. Registrants are required to attend the entire session to receive continuing education credit. Participants are required to be in a course 50 minutes for every one hour of education. Course auditing is not permitted, so attendees will not be able to enter the course for no credit. 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 will be available in the education grids and on the mobile app in late May.  Locate the course on the daily grids and click Download in the Handout column.

Obtaining Your CE Credits

Information on how to obtain your CE credits will be available here in May. It is the responsibility of the attendee to report CE credits to the appropriate state board for license renewal and to ARBO.

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.