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Continuing Education

Learning is an everyday occurrence.  Formal education requires a review to assure minimum learning competencies are met for professional maintenance of the license.  Minnesota recognizes the following reviewers and accepts all earned clock hour education from:
  • Continuing Optometric Provider Education (COPE)
  • State Optometry Boards
  • State associations approved by their State Board of Optometry
  • AMA fpr purposes of recognized Category 1 CE
  • American Academy of Optometry
  • NON-COPE CE must be approved by the Minnesota Board of Optometry.

Continuing Education Requirements for License Renewal

The current two-year continuing education cycle is January 1, 2020 -  December 31, 2021.  The number of continuing education credits you need is pro-rated using the table below.  You must report this number of CE credits with your 2021 renewal.

Date of Initial License

Required Number of CE Credits

Before January 1, 2020

40 CE Credits

Between January 1 and December 31, 2020

20 CE Credits

Between January 1 and December 31, 2021

0 CE Credits

CE Requirements:

Correspondence or Internet (Non-Live)
OE Tracker report definitions for this category:
  • COPE - online_enduring
  • NON-COPE/MN Approved- internet/online

Up to 15 CE credits (Pro-rated to 7.5 CE credits if licensed in first year of CE cycle)

Practice Management

Up to 6 CE credits (Pro-rated to 3 CE credits if licensed in first year of CE cycle)

Total Required Hours

 40 hours

Time frame (in years) for CE Requirements

    2 years

The CE sponsors for Minnesota ODs are required to validate the ODs participation in CE by either:
  • Requesting course approval from the Council of Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE).
  • Requesting course approval from the Minnesota Board of Optometry.
For all methods of CE approval, the sponsor will validate OD participation and send it electronically to the OE Tracker system, which is uploaded in three to five workdays by the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO) staff.  

OE Tracker and Annual License Renewal Requirements

  • OE Tracker CE is synchronized (via your unique OE Tracker number) with your Minnesota license number during the renewal period of October 1 to November 30. 
  • When renewing, the Minnesota OD will be able to review all completed CE for the online renewal. 
  • By utilizing OE Tracker, you will not be required to keep any paper certificates or enter your individual CE on the MBO website. 
  • The license renewal is completed in less than five minutes. 
The Board believes this to be an efficient approach for all ODs and will reach the goal of 100% auditing of all submitted continuing education.
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