Apprentice Optician


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Apprenticeship Program Requirements:

  • Apply online or submit a completed application.
  • Submit the registration fee.
  • Submit a completed sponsor registration form.
  • Submit a copy of high school diploma, transcript or equivalency certificate.

Important Information

  • An approval letter will notify the applicant of their Apprentice Optician number and starting date.
  • An Apprentice Optician is required to complete a two hour board-approved Apprentice/Sponsor Orientation Course and submit the original certificate of attendance to the board office within one year of registration with department.
  • An Apprentice Optician may perform opticianry tasks only under the direct supervision and physical presence of a licensed Optician, Ophthalmologist or Optometrist licensed under the laws of this state. An optician must be licensed in this state for at least one year before providing supervision.
  • A sponsor may only supervise 2 Apprentices at any given time.
  • An Apprentice may have 2 sponsors, a primary and a secondary sponsor, and may only work at the location(s) specified on the application.
  • The registered sponsor is responsible for the completion, filing, signature and verification of the Apprenticeship Sponsor Form to the department within six months of the apprentice’s completion of the program.
  • If an Apprentice terminates apprenticeship with a sponsor or the sponsor is no longer providing training to an apprentice, the sponsor shall submit a completed Apprenticeship Sponsor Form to the department within 30 days from the date of termination.
  • Sponsors are required to keep copies of all apprentice records for a period of 6 years or one year subsequent to the date the apprentice is licensed as an optician, and pursuant to Chapter 64B12- 6.009, F.A.C., the sponsor shall provide copies of the apprentice’s time records to the Board, upon request.
  • An apprenticeship shall consist of 6,240 hours of specified training, completed within 5 years after the apprentice’s first registration with the department. Each credit hour earned at a board approved school of Opticianry shall count as 86.67 apprenticeship hours.

 Applying for the Apprenticeship Program

  1. You must first submit an apprentice optician application
  2. Submit a copy of your high school diploma or equivalency certificate
  3. Submit a completed, signed sponsor registration form
  • Within one year of registering as an apprentice optician, you must submit a copy of certificate documenting completion of a two-hour board approved apprentice/sponsor orientation course

Make checks or money orders payable to the “Department of Health.”

Application Fee $100.00 (non-refundable)
Examination Fee (Paid to NCSORB) $325.00
Re-Examination Fee (Paid to NCSORB) $275.00 per part, when taken separately
Initial Licensure Fees:
If licensed in the first year of the biennium (Every odd numbered year) $130.00
If licensed in the second year of the biennium (Beginning on 01/01 every even numbered year
and your license expires 12/31 of the same year
it was issued)
$67.50
Apprentice Registration Fee: $60.00 (non-refundable)
Board Certification Application Fee: $50.00 (non-refundable)

Applicants and licensees are responsible for the fees outlined in applicable board or department rule at the time an application is received.

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Florida Statutes

Chapter 484, Part 1: Preparing and Dispensing of Eyeglasses and Other Optical Devices
Chapter 456: Health Professions and Occupations: General Provisions
Chapter 120: Administrative Procedure Act

Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.)

Rules: Chapter 64B12: Board of Opticianry
Rules: Chapter 64B29: Optical Establishments