Promoting the professional stature of opticianry through educational opportunities, legislative activity, and national communications.
Promoting the professional stature of opticianry through educational opportunities, legislative activity, and national communications.

Education

Educational Events, Continuing Education and Opticianry Information

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Become an Optician

Washington State Opticians – Highly Educated

Here at the Opticians Association of Washington, we support opticians in all phases of their careers – from opticianry students to apprentices, Licensed Dispensing Opticians, and industry partners.

The requirements to become a Licensing Dispensing Optician include formal education. As a matter of fact, Washington State Opticians are some of the most educated in the nation! Our school programs here are excellent, employing the National Federation of Opticianry School curriculum, and compliant with the Committee on Opticianry Accreditation (COA) standards. We have information about two programs here on the website.

Continuing Education Requirements

presentationOur commitment to professional education doesn’t end with licensure. The OAW hosts a number of teaching events every year to help licensed professionals meet their Continuing Education requirements. Opticians in Washington must obtain 30 CE hours every three years to maintain their license. These CE credits should ideally help practitioners stay abreast of current issues in ophthalmic dispensing and consumer eyecare. They may also assist with practical business management issues.

At the OAW, we seek out the finest speakers available in order to bring the best possible CE hours to our events for our members and other practitioners attending.

OAW Conventions

OAW Spring Convention

Education: April 22 – 23, 2017
Exhibition: April 22 – 23, 2017

Don’t miss this great opportunity to network with your colleagues, learn exciting new skills, and earn valuable CE credits. Our Spring Convention will feature the sounds and flavor of New Orleans as we bring Mardi Gras to you during this event. More information about this will be added as it becomes available, including online registration.

Speakers: Diane Drake, Mike Gizk, Samantha Toth, and Phernell Walker.

Get your hotel Reservations as soon as possible they go fast the rate this year will be 159.00 , address 9565 Semiahmoo Parkway * Blaine, WA 98230 * 360-318-2000 * www.semiahmoo.com

If you are arriving early and want to play a round of golf Call Ron Swengel 425-774-3501. This is an informal round of golf just to let your hair down and enjoy the time together

Location

Semiahmoo Resort
9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy
Blaine, WA 98230

Phone: (360) 318-2000

Vendor Information

Vendor Packet – Download & Print
*Registration please book fast limited booths available
Agreement to Exhibit – Download & Print
Hotel Information – Click to View

OAW Fall Convention

Education: October 21, 2017
Exhibition: October 21, 2017

Save the date for the OAW Fall Convention. More information about this will be added as it becomes available, including online registration.

Speakers: BW Phillips

Location

Red Lion Hotel Yakima Center
607 East Yakima Ave
Yakima, WA 98901

Phone: (509) 248-5900

Educational Events

Vision Expo West

Education: September 13 – 16, 2017
Exhibition: September 14 – 16, 2017

Maintain your optician certification and learn about the latest, eyewear trends, inventory management, sales strategies and spectacle lens design and material options when you attend Vision Expo West!

Location

Sands Expo
The Grand Canal Shoppes
201 Sands Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89169

OAW Fall Education Day – October 21st, 2017

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Contact The OAW

PO Box 2489
Yakima, WA 98907

Phone: 509.961.4169