- Revised Apprenticeship Program
- SC Regulations amended – Doc. No. 4925
Clarification of Continuing Education Requirements
The South Carolina Board of Examiners in Opticianry has recently issued a clarification regarding the continuing education requirements. Per S.C. Code of Law 40-38-260(B) “An optician or apprentice annually shall attend a minimum of four hours of continuing education courses or meetings.”
The Board has clarified that all licensees must complete the required four (4) hours for Opticians and Registered Apprenticeship and the one (1) hour for Contact Lens Distribution licenses on an annual basis. Licensees will attest to the completion of the hours on the biennial renewal form.
Example: Current Opticianry license expiration date 10/01/2021.
CE Hours Required 10/02/2019-10/01/2020: four (4) hours
CE Hours Required 10/02/2020-10/01/2021: four (4) hours
Example: Current Contact Lens Dispensing license expiration date 10/01/2021.
CE Hours Required 10/02/2019-10/01/2020: one (1) hour
CE Hours Required 10/02/2020-10/01/2021: one (1) hour
Failure to attain the number of hours required annually and/or the total number of hours required biennially for license renewal may result in Board action and additionally may affect renewal of the license. For additional CE Information, please visit the Board website at https://www.llr.sc.gov/opti/ce.aspx.
SC Practical Examination
The SC Board of Examiners in Opticianry has a finalized the adoption of the ABO Virtual Practical commencing in January, 2020. The cost for each Virtual Practical Examination is $75. Applicants applying for initial licensure must submit an application to the Board prior to being made eligible to take the Virtual Practical Examination. For additional information regarding the Virtual Practical Exam, please visit www.abo-ncle.org or contact email@example.com, or 703.719.5800.