State Board of Optometry: Continuing Education

Optometrists with an Active license status must complete at least 24 hours of continuing education (CE) every two years before a license can be renewed.

If a renewal date occurs during the year of original Colorado licensure, CE will not be required for the first renewal. If the renewal date occurs the year after original licensure, the licensee shall obtain 12 hours of CE prior to renewing.

**For CE to count toward renewal requirements, all CE must be clinically-based.**

CE may be obtained in the following ways:

  • Conferences and Lectures: conferences and lectures must be sponsored by at least one of the following:
    • Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE)
    • American Optometric Association (AOA) and AOA-recognized state associations
    • American Academy of Optometry (AAO)
    • College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD)
    • Optometric Extension Program (OEP)
    • Clinical facilities specializing in eye care that are staffed by professor(s) or adjunct professor(s) of optometry or ophthalmology at accredited optometry or medical schools.
  • Internet-Based CE or CE Offered by Professional/Association Journals: a maximum of eight (8) hours may be applied per renewal period. CE must:
  1. be sponsored/approved by COPE or accredited schools/colleges of optometry, and
  2. include a post-test evaluation.
  • Clinical Observations/Clinical Examinations: a maximum of four (4) hours may be applied per renewal period.
    • One (1) hour of CE credit may be obtained for every two (2) hours of observation at a clinical facility which specializes in eye care and is also staffed by professors or adjunct professors of optometry or ophthalmology at accredited optometry or medical schools
  • ICD-10CM/PCS Code Training – the Board recognizes ICD-10 Training to be clinically based
    • A maximum of four (4) hours of CE of this type may be counted toward each renewal period.
  • Subject to the final approval of the Board, a designated Board member may rule in regard to the approval of other meetings, programs, and/or courses.

The following are examples of continuing education courses the Board will not accept. These include but are not limited to:

  • leadership training
  • practice/personnel management
  • client relations
  • communication training
  • integrated resource management principles
  • presentations dealing with financial-based subjects including, but not limited to bookkeeping procedures
  • financial planning
  • retirement planning
  • insurance programs
  • presentations that are primarily promotional in nature regardless of subject material

CE hours may only be applied to one (1) renewal period. If the Board determines that a licensee has not obtained appropriate CE or a licensee failed to submit the requested proof of CE satisfactorily to the Board, the Board may consider disciplinary action for failure to comply with statute and rule. The Board may choose to grant a 90 day period to correct the shortage of CE.

**Audits of compliance will be conducted after a renewal period ends.**

If requested by the licensee, the Board will use the information entered into ARBO's "OE Tracker" (the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry's "Optometry Education Tracker") software to perform their audit.

There is no obligation of any licensees to use OE Tracker, nor does it change any of the CE requirements.

 


Contact Information
State Board of Optometry: Continuing Education
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-894-2363 | Fax: 303-894-0329 | Email: dora_dpo_continuedcompetency@state.co.us