4726-7-02 Licensure renewal requirements.

(A) Each licensed optician and each licensed ocularist who has received a license to practice optical dispensing or ocularistry shall renew his/her respective license on an annual basis and pay a non-refundable fee of one hundred dollars made payable to the treasurer, state of Ohio postmarked on or before December thirty-first of each year. Such renewal shall be made on forms in a manner prescribed by the board.

(B) At least thirty days prior to the expiration of a license, the board shall send notification of renewal to every licensee to whom a license was issued or renewed during the current period. Failure to receive the board's notification of renewal shall not excuse the licensee from the renewal requirements.

(C) Each licensee shall complete the license renewal application and supply all information necessary to process the application. Upon receipt and acceptance of the renewal fee, renewal application, and the required proof of continuing education as outlined in this chapter, the board shall mail a current, valid license to the licensee no later than thirty days after acceptance.

(D) Licensees applying for their first initial renewal shall be exempt from reporting continuing education credit.

(E) Any incomplete paper renewal may be returned to the licensee indicating the reason for such return. If the paper renewal application is not returned to the board postmarked on or before December thirty-first of the renewal year, the license shall be placed on lapsed status.

(F) Failure to meet all requirements for renewal of a license prior to January first results in the forfeiture of the licensee's right to practice optical dispensing or ocularistry in the state of Ohio until all requirements for renewal are met and the current, valid license is on display at the place of optical dispensing or ocularistry. All requirements for licensure renewal must be completed within ninety days of the date of expiration or the individual licensee will be required to take and successfully complete the national qualifying exam and reapply for licensure in accordance with division (B) of section 4725.51 of the Revised Code.

(G) Continuing education requirements for renewal of a current, valid license, except for those licensees applying for their first initial renewal, are as follows:

(1) Each licensed spectacle dispensing optician shall have completed four hours of board-approved spectacle continuing education credit between January first and December thirty-first of the year of the expiration date, of which only one management hour may be used.

(2) Each licensed contact lens dispensing optician shall have completed eight hours of board-approved contact lens continuing education credit between January first and December thirty-first of the year of the expiration date, of which only two management hours may be used.

(3) Each licensed spectacle-contact lens dispensing optician shall have completed four spectacle hours of board-approved continuing credit between January first and December thirty-first of the year of the expiration date, one of which may be a management hour, and eight contact lens hours, two of which may be management hours, obtained during the last preceding year.

(4) Each licensed ocularist shall have completed four hours of board-approved continuing education credit between January first and December thirty-first of the year of the expiration date. One hour of board-approved continuing education shall be on communicable diseases as they apply to the handling of ocular prostheses. Only one hour per year may be management credit. All other credit hours must pertain to the fitting and fabrication of ocular prostheses.

Replaces: 4726-11-01, 4726-11-03, 4726-11-04, 4726-13-01

Effective: 11/01/2011
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/01/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4725.44
Rule Amplifies: 4725.51 , 4725.52
Prior Effective Dates: 11/29/79, 8/4/94(Emerg.), 10/14/94, 12/20/01, 4/4/03, 1/23/06