Emergency Management (CPR or BLS Certification)
Beginning in 2023, licensees must upload proof of current CPR or BLS certification to the General CE Category on their CE Broker profiles prior to renewing every two years. See Board Rule 273.17. CE Broker developed Instructions for Uploading CPR/BLS.
Two Year License Renewal
Licenses are now on a two-year renewal schedule. For every biennial license, a licensee will need to have taken 32 hours of Board-approved continuing education. Of the 32 hours, a licensee must take 24 hours covering the diagnosis or treatment of ocular disease, 2 hours Professional Responsibility (one each year), and 1 hour Human Trafficking.
§481.0764 of the Health and Safety Code requires all active licensees who prescribe or dispense opioids to take each year a one-hour board-approved continuing education course covering best practices, alternative treatment options, and multi-modal approaches to pain management that may include physical therapy, psychotherapy, and other treatments.
NOTE – For OGS licensees, if you do not prescribe opioids and do not want to take opioid required CE, you must mark yourself exempt from the opioid prescribing requirement on your CE Broker account. First click on “Report CE” and then click on “Additional Options.” After selecting your CE Cycle, click “Begin” for the Prescribing Opioid Exemption. Respond to the attestation statements and click “submit.”
Half of the 32 Hours Each Cycle (16) Must Be from Live or Live Webinar Format Material
A live webinar allows interaction between the presenter and attendees. Note that live credit may only be obtained by attending the course on the dates listed.
Pursuant to Board Rule 275.3, all licensees are required to use the CE Broker digital platform for CE reporting beginning in 2022.
Licensees who have not obtained CE cannot renew