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Yakima, WA 98907
The Opticians Association of Washington is asking the Department of Health to consider a rule change that governs the licensed practice of opticians in our state. Currently, opticians must have 30 hours of continuing education (CEs) in 3 years. The requested rule change does not change the overall number of CEs required or the current reporting requirement. The only change is to require that the same number of CEs be earned equally over the 3 year period – each year, every optician must earn 10 CEs. Because contact lenses are a class three medical device and sit on a person's eye, 5 of the 10 hours must be in contact lenses. This requested change is being sought to ensure that continuing education credits are acquired each year to keep licensed dispensing opticians abreast of current and forecasted developments which impact the professional role of Opticianry.
The change will not open our law in the legislature. It is an administrative change at the Department of Health. When it goes into effect on January 1st, 2015, it will only impact those at the end of their 3 year CE rotation in 2015, causing them to start a one year rotation. In other words, it will take 3 years to totally affect all optician licensees. After it’s in effect, you’ll find a checkbox on your license renewal asking if you’ve met the 10 CE yearly requirement. And, just as now, there will be only a random check asking for a copy of those CE’s.
We are sending you this notice to see if you have any questions or concerns about this proposal. If you do, please contact OAW Legislative Director, Diane Charles, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Calling All Opticianry Students and Apprentices OAA STATE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE In January 2014, the Opticians Association of America (OAA) invites students and apprentices from all over the country to attend the 29th Annual OAA State Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. The OAA is providing travel grants to help ease the financial burden for interested students and apprentices wishing to attend our leadership conference. These grants are available to any OAA State Member wishing to send someone or any qualifying student or apprentice. The financial assistance will be provided for travel, housing, and expenses related to the conference. To apply, please contact the Opticians Association of America at email@example.com for more information. Come and join optical leaders from around the country and help shape the future of opticianry Opticians Association of America 3740 Canada Road Lakeland, Tennessee 38002 www.oaa.org
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