(A) Each license issued under sections 4725.40 to 4725.59 of the Revised Code shall expire on the first day of January in the year after it was issued. Each person holding a valid, current license may apply to the Ohio optical dispensers board for the extension of the license under the standard renewal procedures of Chapter 4745. of the Revised Code. Each application for renewal shall be accompanied by a renewal fee the board shall establish by rule and shall contain evidence that the applicant has completed a continuing education program within the immediately preceding one-year period as follows:
(1) Licensed spectacle dispensing opticians shall have pursued four hours of study in spectacle dispensing, approved by the board;
(2) Licensed contact lens dispensing opticians shall have pursued eight hours of study in contact lens dispensing, approved by the board.
(3) Licensed spectacle-contact lens dispensing opticians shall have pursued courses of study under divisions (A)(1) and (2) of this section.
(4) Licensed ocularists shall have pursued courses of study as prescribed by rule of the board.
(B) No person who fails to renew the person's license under division (A) of this section shall be required to take a qualifying examination under section 4725.48 of the Revised Code as a condition of renewal, provided that the application for renewal and proof of the requisite continuing education hours are submitted within ninety days from the date the license expired and the applicant pays the annual renewal fee and a penalty of seventy-five dollars. The board may provide, by rule, for an extension of the grace period for licensed dispensing opticians who are serving in the armed forces of the United States or a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States, including the Ohio national guard or the national guard of any other state and for waiver of the continuing education requirements or the penalty in cases of hardship or illness.
(C) The board shall approve continuing education programs and shall adopt rules as necessary for approving the programs. Approved programs shall be scheduled, sponsored, and conducted in accordance with the board's rules.
Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 45, HB 98, §1, eff. 11/15/2013.
Effective Date: 07-20-1994