Continuing Education Meetings

The Winter Continuing Education meeting will be held on the weekend of January 22nd-23rd, 2022 In-Person at:

Embassy Suites, 200 Stoneridge Dr, Columbia, SC 29210, 803-252-8700 

Registration will open November 1st*

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

There are 4 hours of ABO CECs, followed by 1 hour NCLE CE.

Apprentice Hours will only be offered on Sunday, Jan 23rd at this time.*

Speaker will be Phernell Walker, MBA, ABOM, NCLEC


The Spring Continuing Education meeting will be held on the weekend of April 29th-May 1st, 2022 In-Person at:

Ocean Creek Resort, 10600 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572 800-303-6829

Registration will open February 1st*

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

There are 4 hours of ABO CECs, followed by 1 hour NCLE CE.

Apprentice hours will be offered on Saturday April 30.


Rules:  Winter Education

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

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 registered 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.

Once you choose a seat, that seat is yours for the duration of the event.

Instead of passing around our notepad to be signed during each hour, we will have a validation sheet with five sections representing each CE, that will be handed out at the beginning of the meeting.  Please put your name on each section, and tear off and turn in the appropriate section for each CE 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 break between each hour. If you must 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 you will be handed back your cec form.

To pay your annual dues of $125, please make check payable to:

SCAO or South Carolina Association of Opticians

And mail to:

PO Box 8185 Greenville, SC 29604

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