Chapter 420-9 CONTINUING EDUCATION
|(1)||Continuing Education courses totaling at least ten (10) hours shall be required for the biennial renewal of licenses. Of the ten (10) hours, a minimum of two (2) hours shall be in the area of contact lenses. Effective 04-01-2017, of the ten (10) hours, one hour must be on Georgia Opticianry Laws and Rules. Effective 04-01-2017, of the ten (10) hours, six (6) hours must be technically approved hours (which may be either spectacles or contact lenses). Of the ten (10) hours, no more than five (5) hours may be obtained via the internet. Effective 04-01-2017, of the ten (10) continuing education hours for renewal, no hours may be obtained or will be accepted for renewal via the internet or home study except for those provided by the Opticians Association of America, the National Academy of Opticianry or the Opticians Association of Georgia. No more than eight (8) hours of continuing education may be obtained in one twenty-four hour day.|
|(2)||With his/her application for license renewal, each licensed dispensing optician must submit an affidavit of course hours completed as proof that his/her education requirements have been satisfied.|
|(3)||No duplicate courses will be accepted during the same renewal period. No courses under the same title, by the same instructor, will be accepted for renewal purposes.|
An optician licensed by examination during the first six months of the renewal period shall be required to obtain the full ten (10) hours of continuing education; if licensed during the following twelve months he/she shall be required to obtain five (5) hours of continuing education; if licensed during the last six months of the renewal period, he/she shall be exempt from the continuing education requirements for that renewal period only. The full requirement of ten (10) hours must be fulfilled each renewal period thereafter.
|(1)|| The Board shall give credit for any
course given by any recognized national, regional or state dispensing society
or association if such courses are made available to all licensed opticians on
a reasonably nondiscriminatory fee basis.
|(2)||Any group of ten or more licensed opticians may arrange for an education program and they must request prior Board approval.|
Any program other than those sponsored by a national, regional or state society
or association must submit said program approval by the Board ninety (90) days
prior to the program date. The request shall include the following documents or
|(4)||The certificate of attendance shall not be issue d until the program is completed and the method of monitoring must be reported to the Board prior to the program date.|
|(5)||Credit will be allowed on the basis of an hour for an hour. To receive one hour credit, an optician must attend a class for one full hour. However, the Georgia Board will accept no more than eight (8) hours of continuing education obtained in one twenty-four (24) hour day.|
|(6)||Post-approval of continuing education courses will not be granted.|