Education Policies & Procedures

Course Registration and Attendance

All continuing education courses except workshops are inluded in the inclusive registration fee; pre-registration is not required. Workshops will require pre-registration and a fee and will be available for registration soon. People who have already registered will be notified when the workshops are available.

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 hands-on workshops, two with no fee. Paraoptometric course numbers begin with the letter "P."
Courses are limited by room capacities; admittance will be on a first-come, first-served basis. A name badge is required to attend each course. Registrants are required to attend the entire session to receive continuing education credit.

All attendees 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.

Attendees 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.


Select continuing education sessions were 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.