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Continuing Education Requirements for License Renewal

The current two-year continuing education cycle is January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2015.   The continuing education will be required to renew for the calendar year 2016.  The number of continuing education credits you need is pro-rated depending upon the date you initially became licensed. 

 

Date of Initial License

Required Number of CE  Credits

Before January 1, 2014

40 CE Credits

Between January 1 and December 31, 2014

20 CE Credits

Between January 1 and December 31, 2015

0 CE Credits

 

CE Requirements:

 

Correspondence or Internet (Non-Live)

Up to 15

Practice Management

Up to 6

Volunteer Services

Up to 7

Total Required Hours

40

Timeframe  (in years) for CE Requirements

2

You must report the above number of CE credits by December 31, 2015.   

 

Minnesota CE Recording Requirements  

The Minnesota Board of Optometry is dedicated to streamlining the method by which you report your Continuing Education (CE) for license renewal. Sponsors who provide CE to Minnesota ODs are required to validate the Optometrist's professional education active participation in CE by either: 1) requesting course approval from Council of Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE) or 2) by requesting course approval from the Minnesota Board of Optometry.  For either method of CE approval, the sponsor will validate the participation and send it electronically to the OE Tracker system, coordinated by the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry,(ARBO).   Please ask the CE sponsor if they will submit the documented attendance directly to OE Tracker or if you, as the individual OD, must do so. 

 

OE Tracker and Annual License Renewal Requirements

The OE Tracker CE is synchronized (via your unique OE Tracker number) with your Minnesota license number during the renewal period of October 15 to December 31 of each renewal cycle.  When renewing, the Minnesota OD will be able to review all completed CE for the online renewal.   When utilizing OE Tracker, you will not be required to keep any paper certificates or enter your individual CE on the MBO website any longer.  Renewal is completed in less than five minutes.  The Board believes this to be an efficient approach for all O.D’s and will help us reach our goal of 100% auditing of all CE submitted.   

 

Enrollment in OE Tracker

Enrollment in OE Tracker (https://www.arbo.org/oetracker.html‎) is free during the Minnesota renewal period and lists the individual COPE or MN Board approved CE event history. There is an optional $20 fee for COPE if you wish to see your individual CE history year round.  If you are not an OE subscriber, the OE Tracker record review will only be available during the actual processing of your Minnesota license renewal. The board believes that OE Tracker will save you valuable time by eliminating the need to prepare and submit electronic and/or paper records.

The option to enter individual CE on the MBO website is no longer available with all CE centrally identified in one location at OE Tracker. 

 

FAQ’s

Locate the FAQ’s on the top tab bar for more answers and please contact the board office with any questions you have.  We will work to resolve any remaining questions.