Board of Opticianry

The Florida Board of Opticianry was established to ensure that every Optician practicing in the State of Florida meets minimum requirements for safe practice and proper service to Florida’s residents. It considers the practice of Opticianry to be a privilege granted by the state. The Board of Opticianry licenses, disciplines, educates, and, when appropriate, rehabilitates licensed practitioners to assure competency in their service to the people of Florida. The Board of Opticianry issues three (3) different types of certification: for opticians, apprentice opticians, and optical establishments.

Board of Opticianry

How to Apply for a Board of Opticianry License?

The Board requires applicants for licensure as opticians to pass its licensure examination, but prior to that, applicants must meet minimum requirements in order to take the examination. Those seeking to take the examination must complete the application form and pay its fees, be 18 years of age or more, have completed a high school degree, and have passed both the National Opticianry Competency Examination and the Contact Lens Registry Examination. Additionally, applicants must have received an associate’s degree in opticianry from an accredited school, be licensed and proven to actively practice opticianry in another state for 3 of the last 5 years or 5 of the last 7 years (depending on if that state required licensing or not, respectively), OR have completed 6,240 hours of training under his/her sponsor in the Board of Opticianry’s apprenticeship program.

Board of Opticianry’s Apprenticeship Program

This apprenticeship program is intended to act as a substitute fulfillment of requirements for those seeking to practice as a certified optician without extensive prior experience. The Board of Opticianry has a separate application process for its apprenticeship program. Requirements for admission into the program are generally less extensive, but do demand a completed sponsor registration form in order to confirm the availability of already licensed opticians under which the applicant can practice. The apprenticeship program consists of 6,240 hours of practice under a licensed and Board of Opticianry-approved sponsor optician. Apprentice opticians who complete these hours within the 5-year allotment are then encouraged to apply for full certification from the Board of Opticianry to practice in Florida as an independent and professional optician.

The Board of Opticianry also issues permits for optical establishments. Requirements for applying for an optical establishment permit include the identification of the owner or agent of the optical establishment, the identification of the actively practicing licensed optician, location of the establishment, appropriate title of the establishment, and the payment of the permit fee.

All certifications issued by the Florida Board of Opticianry require Lifescan electronic fingerprinting, as well as criminal and disciplinary backgrounds with appropriate self-explanations and final orders from corresponding disciplinary bodies.

Board of Opticianry Cases Are Obtained from FALR

We offer a consolidated database of all available medical caselaw and pertinent judicial decisions, including all Board of Opticianry cases, complete with search functions which allow our users to find the exact case documentation they seek in a single simple step. Subscribing grants you instant access to our database, which updates automatically as new orders and judgements are entered by Florida agencies and courts. We also offer a print copy subscription, which provides bound book volumes of all indexed cases back to 1979. Our Supercumulative Indexes are available for free on our website.

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