|For Continuing Education Providers|
|Guidelines for Approval of Professional Development Seminars|
|Each continuing education activity should have 3 criteria||Application for Providers of Professional Development Seminars|
|(a) the Topic|
|(b) the Credit Values||Additional Guidelines for Opticians|
|(c) the Source of the material||Professional Development Guidelines|
The categories required by the NSCDO are topics related to eyeglasses only (EG), to contact lenses only (CL), those that you may apply to either eyeglasses or contact lenses (EC), professional service (PS) and related fields (RF). Only EG and CL are mandatory topic requirements. You are not required to do PS or RF credits however these categories do allow you to supplement your credit portfolio after the minimum credits required have been reached.
The Credit Values for Dispensing Opticians (DO’s)
The Credit Values for Certified Contact Lens Fitters (CCLF’s)
Certified Contact Lens Fitters (CCLF’s) are required to submit ten (10) professional development/continuing education credits upon registration each year.
The Source of the Material Categories
1. Canadian Educational Institutions with Accredited Opticians Programs
2. Canadian Provincial, National or International Opticians Associations
3. Canadian Provincial, National or International Organizations
4. Related Organizations or Corporations.
The Professional Providers (categories 1 through 3) are recognized groups that advance the profession provincially, nationally or internationally through their combined activities in continuing education, primary education, innovation in education, legislation, and consumer education. Professional Providers are expected to offer Nova Scotia Opticians enriched education and professional inspiration through continuing education opportunities. This may include modules or presentations on product or state of the art technology new to the industry but the College would also expect that this would be balanced with topics that are not brand-specific.
Seventy percent (70%), that is 7 credits for CCLF’s and 5 credits for DO’s, must come from professional providers recognized by the College.
The remaining thirty percent (30%) that is, 3 credits for CCLF and 3 credits for DO’s, may come from other sources.
To be clear, attendance at “in house” office seminars by professional suppliers, lens manufactures or laboratories representatives as well as at lectures hosted by individual members of the College are limited to three (3) credits per year.
The College has also introduced professional service credits. Credit can be awarded for serving as educators or as committee members of the Collage and Society. Please review the PD Guidelines. Any further questions can be directed to the College Office for clarification.
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