Continuing Education Requirements for Alabama
Refer to Administrative Code 630-X-7.
Alabama optometrists holding
therapeutic licenses must obtain twenty (20) approved hours of
continuing education annually. At least half of these hours must relate
to diagnosis, treatment, and management of eye disease.
Alabama optometrists not holding therapeutic licensure must obtain
fourteen (14) hours of approved continuing education annually.
For all Alabama licensed optometrists, up to three (3) hours may be
devoted to approved practice management courses. Three (3) hours of
"distance-based" (internet, teleconference, etc.) education may be obtained
annually to meet continuing education requirements.
Required CE hours should be attended between October 1 and
September 30 (Alabama's fiscal year).
You may not renew your license until you've completed all required CE
hours. If you have not completed the required number of CE
hours by September 30, you must complete them during the re-licensure period (October 1 through December 31).
After completing the required number of CE hours, additional CE hours
obtained during the re-licensure period may be counted
toward the following year's re-licensure.
All licensees are required to keep a personal record of courses attended
including the dates of attendance, the name of the course, the name of
the sponsor, and the clock hours attended.
When renewing your license to practice optometry in Alabama, you must
certify that all continuing education hours required by the board have
been completed. Continuing education hours can be audited, and failure
to show proof of completion of the continuing education requirement can
result in severe penalties, including license suspension.
The Alabama Board of Optometry approves and accepts continuing
education courses approved, sponsored or offered by:
COPE (Council in Optometric Practitioner Education)
American Optometric Association
Alabama Optometric Association and other state optometric
Postgraduate courses offered by accredited schools and colleges of
Southern Council of Optometry
American Academy of Optometry
National Optometric Association
All other continuing education courses must be
submitted for approval. If desired, you may print and use this
downloadable form (in .pdf format) for your CE approval request.