Any qualified self-study continuing education (CE) hours obtained while Indiana is under the public health emergency may be applied toward the 40-hour requirement for the licensure period ending on April 1, 2022. The Indiana Optometry Board (IOB) clarified its waiver of the 8-hour limit on November 4, 2020. The IOB also voted to request a waiver of the post-examination requirement from Governor Holcomb. The post examination requirement for self-study hours remains in place until a waiver on the exam requirement is approved by the Governor. IOA will notify members if the additional waiver is granted.
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.
Governor Holcomb declared a public health emergency due to COVID-19 on March 19, 2020. He has renewed his declaration in thirty day increments shortly after the initial declaration was made. The current declaration has been extended through April 30, 2021, but will likely be renewed on a monthly basis as long as the public health risk exists.
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.