Continuing Education Meetings

Continuing Education hours will be offered 8/08/2021 In-Person at

Embassy Suites, 200 Stoneridge Dr, Columbia, SC 29210  

Check in begins at 7:00 AM, classes begin at 8:00 AM

*Reminder, food will not be catered, so pack a lunch!*

**If you plan to stay at the Embassy Suites, let them know you're with the SCAO for discounted rooms.**

*Please note this is the last live CE event we will have this renewal period.*


Pete Hanlin, ABOM will be offering four ABO approved CECs:

Contrast Sensitivity and Visual Perception

Welcoming Patients to Presbyopia

Compensated Powers (and other ophthalmic conundrums)

Merchandising 101

Roy Ferguson, PhD, ABOM, NCLEC will be offering one NCLE approved CEC:

Vision Development in Children


Meeting Rules:

If you have to pay at the event, please have a $150.00 check already written out or exact cash. We will not have cash to give out in order to limit the transfer of possible germs. Please don’t wait until 7:30 AM to get exact change if you need to pay at the door. Please be early.

A maximum of 125 people will be allowed to attend the meeting; you must reserve your seat by responding on the website.

If you are sick or running a fever, please don’t show up to the meeting; we will be checking temperatures; those above 100.4 will not be admitted.

Masks are required to be worn during the meeting. If you are not able to wear a mask, please don’t show up.

When entering the meeting, please listen to where you need to be and maintain social distancing.

Must have your ID tag visible and worn to enter the room.

You will be given a CEC sheet when you enter. If you leave the room, leave this sheet at the back of the room and retrieve it when you enter again. At the end of EACH HOUR we will ask that you fill out the bottom portion of your CEC sheet, tear it off before leaving your seat, and place it into the box provided at the back of the room. THIS IS ONE OF THE WAYS THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO VERIFY YOUR ATTENDANCE AT THIS MEETING.

The chairs will be specifically positioned in the room to maintain social distancing. DO NOT MOVE THE CHAIRS.

Bring enough food to be able to get through four to five hours of education. FOOD WILL NOT BE PROVIDED. We will have canned drinks and bottled water only. If you need coffee, you must bring your own.

Thank you in advance,

Ron Harbert


7:00 AM Registration Begins

For those that are current with their membership dues and have registered on the website their intention to attend, a name tag will be ready for you at the time of your arrival. If you are not member of the Association you will be able to pay at registration provided you have responded with plan to attend (Cash or Check only). You will need to fill out a form and will receive a handwritten receipt and a name tag at this time.

Name tags must be worn at all times. We are looking for your name tag as you enter and exit each classroom hour; its visibility will help speed the process of entering and leaving the room between each hour.

8:00 AM Meeting begins.

You will check in at the appropriate station when entering the room. It is important to make sure to check in at the door; once checked in, you will be given 1 CEC sheet. Your are to write your name on this sheet prior to having it stamped. Your name tag must be visible on your clothing. Instead of passing around our notepad to be signed during each hour, we will have a tear off portion of the CEC sheet to be torn off and turned in at the end of each hour. The association has to double verify your attendance so it is important to follow all instructions.

Each class runs a minimum of 55 minutes with a break between each hour. If you have to leave the room, you must leave the CEC with someone at the back tables by the doors. You will have five minutes to return to be eligible for that hour to receive your CEC. When you come back into the room, your CEC form will be returned.

There are 4 hours of ABO CECs, followed by 1 hour NCLE CEC. Apprentices are offered 4 hours of ABO CECs.

This meeting will be run a little different than normal so we can do our best to protect our members during these difficult and uncertain times. We will not be providing food during this meeting so we ask everyone to bring enough snacks or food to satisfy your needs. We will have canned drinks and bottled water available, but we are not going to have coffee at this meeting. Everyone is welcome to bring coffee from elsewhere if needed.


Notice from the SC Board of Examiners in Opticianry

Due to the current public health emergency, the South Carolina Board of Examiners in Opticianry has approved allowing Board-approved online and/or Board-approved in-person continuing education hours to meet the licensed optician and registered apprentice renewal requirements. This is being allowed for the current renewal cycle/year only. In-person meetings will still be held by the Association for those who wish to attend. Please visit the Board website for additional information:

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

  • 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 law courses from other states will be approved for South Carolina.


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