All directives in executive orders which continued throughout the COVID-19 public health emergency were rescinded and ceased on June 30, 2021. This includes the CE waiver of the 8 hour limit on self study CE (including online and virtual CE). All online CE courses, which must include post course exams to qualify for credit, that were taken prior to June 30 can be used toward the 40 hour CE requirement for the license cycle ending on April 1, 2022. After June 30, 2021 online CE hours will only be valid if you have not already obtained 8 online hours during this license cycle.
Under Indiana law, self-study includes live streamed and static online CE courses. To be qualified, CE must be sponsored by an approved organization, such as IOA, COPE, a university, or the program must be specifically approved by the Indiana Optometry Board.
All self-study must include a post-test.
Indiana law does not require courses to be COPE approved in order to count for continuing education credit. Even if COPE designates an online program as "live" for the purposes of obtaining CE credit, Indiana law requires any online program to include a post-test. https://www.in.gov/pla/2522.htm
Please note that the IOA does not seek COPE approval of online courses or live seminars.