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South Carolina Board of Examiners in Opticianry

Continuing Education Requirements

Eight (8) hours of continuing education credit is due at renewal time by October 1 of odd numbered years from every licensed optician. Two (2) hours of the eight (8) may be in practice management.

If the optician holds a contact lens license, an additional two (2) hours is due in contact lens work. This makes a total of ten (10) hours due from contact lens dispensing opticians.

Four (4) hours of continuing education credit is due annually by October 1 from every registered apprentices.

The criteria for course approval by South Carolina is as follows:

1. General criteria requirements for all education:

  • Courses and speakers must be ABO/NCLE approved.
  • ABO/NCLE certificates of attendance must be awarded.
  • Opticianry and contact lens courses must be technical in content.
  • One course hour of practice or retail management will be approved.
  • Course content must be generic in nature and presented in a manner that does not promote the sales or marketing of one product or one service or a business.
  • 50 minutes of education equals one hour of credit.
  • No home study courses or Internet (on-line) courses will be approved.
  • No law courses from other states will be approved for South Carolina.
  • Continuing education credit will not be waived unless you are living outside of the United States and then it is temporarily waived until your return and must be made up before the next renewal.

2. Specific requirements for education administered in South Carolina in addition to all the requirements listed above in #1:

  • Courses must be submitted for board approval at least 45 days in advance of their administration.
  • Courses must be open to all South Carolina licensed opticians and registered apprentices.
  • Administration of education can be monitored by the Board.
  • A list of South Carolina licensees and apprentices with exit signatures from each day's attendance may be required for credit to be given.

If you have questions, please direct them to the board's office at:

South Carolina Board of Examiners in Opticianry
P.O. Box 11329
Columbia, S.C. 29211-1329

Telephone: (803) 896-4681
Fax: (803) 896-4719

You may contact the board's office also for dates of approved educational hours that are offered in South Carolina.

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