Getting a Course Approved

ABO & NCLE define Continuing Education as educational courses that maintain and enhance the technical and business capabilities of Opticians and Contact Lens Practitioners in order to deliver quality services to patients, and consumers in a competent fashion.

As of January 1, 2022, all course approvals are for a one-year term. 

Fees for INITIAL APPROVAL of new courses:
Ophthalmic (Technical) Courses: $150
Non-Ophthalmic (General Knowledge) Courses: $300
Courses Given via Live Zoom Webinars (Ophthalmic): $150
Courses Given via Live Zoom Webinars (Non-Ophthalmic): $300
Recorded Webinars: $750
Online Courses: $750
Magazine Articles: $1,500

Please review the Criteria for Continuing Education Handbook.  When you are ready to submit a Course for Approval, fill out the Course Approval Form.

Fees for RENEWAL of course approvals:
Ophthalmic (Technical) Courses: $100
Non-Ophthalmic (General Knowledge) Courses: $150
Courses Given via Live Zoom Webinars (Ophthalmic): $100
Courses Given via Live Zoom Webinars (Non-Ophthalmic): $150
Recorded Webinars: $750
Online Courses: $750
Magazine Articles: $1,500

After the one-year approval period, courses will need to be submitted for renewal. When you are ready to Renew your Course Approval, fill out the Course Renewal Approval Form.