Frequently Asked Questions

Is the CE COPE approved?
What is the cost to attend a workshop?
What is the cost to attend an ACE Course?
How will I receive my CE certificate?
How will my credits be transferred to the OE Tracker database?
Can I get CE credit for paper and poster sessions?
Which courses are TPA approved?
Is the CE COPE approved?

COPE approval benefits meeting attendees by guaranteeing that courses attended at the meeting will qualify for continuing education credit in most states. It is advised that attendees check with their state board to clarify any special conditions attached to the acceptance. The Academy’s lectures, workshops, symposia, special sessions, Scientific Program paper sessions and Residents Day paper session are COPE approved.

What is the cost to attend a workshop?

A two-hour workshop is $100 and a three-hour workshops is $150. Both can be purchased during online registration. If you need assistance adding a workshop to your current registration, please email us.

What is the cost to attend an ACE Course?

ACE courses cost $25 each and may be purchased when you register for Academy 2021 Boston online. If you need assistance adding an ACE course to your current registration, please email us.

How will I receive my CE certificate?

Following the meeting, a link will be emailed to you to print your CE certificate at your leisure. The email address you provided when registering will be used.

How will my credits be transferred to the OE Tracker database?

After the meeting, the credits for those doctors who had provided their OE Tracker numbers will be sent to ARBO, and the data will be uploaded to their records at ARBO.

Can I get CE credit for paper and poster sessions?

Yes! Credit can be earned in 15 minute increments.

Which courses are TPA approved?

The list of TPA courses for 2021 are listed here.

Education Grid

Click here for an updated version of the Program Preview Guide and Education Grid!

Please note, the Education Grid is reflective of the in-person, on-site meeting being held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. There will not be a virtual offering running simultaneously, but there will be the Best of Academy 2021 Boston following the on-site meeting.

The Best in Optometric Continuing Education

The Academy is pleased to present four days of quality enrichment and education in a safe and socially distanced venue at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The American Academy of Optometry is accredited by COPE to provide continuing education to optometrists.

Since we will be able to meet in Boston, we’re proud to present the return of workshops, in addition to the robust line up of lectures, including the popular ACE courses, Section and SIG Symposia, and scientific program papers and posters.

To begin planning your Academy 2021 Boston experience, review the Education Grid now.

As a reminder, workshops and ACE courses require an additional fee and must be purchased at the time of registration. While you can add these two options at a later date, they sell out fast, so you’re encouraged to secure your spot early.

Special Event Information

Be sure to join us for these special Academy events throughout the meeting! Read on for things to know before you go.

Fellows Business Meeting
Wednesday, November 3
11:50 am – 1:00 pm

All Fellows are invited to join us for the annual Fellows Business Meeting. Being a Fellow of the Academy means more than attending the annual meeting for your education. Attending the annual business meeting is an opportunity for you to learn more about the business of the association, what challenges and successes have been experienced during the year, updates on our Strategic Plan, and what initiatives are currently underway, and what the future holds.

EssilorLuxottica Academic Challenge
Thursday, November 4
8:00 pm – 12:00 am

Join us for the fourth annual EssilorLuxottica Academic Challenge to see which optometry school will be crowned victorious this year. This event will be held off-site at Big Night Live in Boston. Bring your school spirit and cheer on your classmates and/or alma mater!

New Fellows Reception
Thursday, November 4
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

2020 and 2021 New Fellows are invited to this special reception celebrating your achievement of becoming a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry! Come meet the Board of Directors and other new Fellows from around the world. Light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available.

Alumni Receptions
Friday, November 5
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Westin (Times and Room Locations Vary)

Join your school or college of optometry for their annual Alumni Reception on Friday evening. Check the Academy.21 mobile app to confirm the time and location.

Fellows Banquet
Saturday, November 6
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Attend the annual Fellows Banquet for only $25 (add your ticket to your Academy registration). Dress code is business professional/black tie optional.