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Training Schedules

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BBE Training Class Schedule for 2020

Classes start on the dates listed below and last for 18 weeks. Students should plan to arrive the day before their start date. Classes are held at the Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired at Daytona Beach.

  • Tuesday, January 21, 2020
    Application deadline December 9, 2019
  • Monday, March 23, 2020
    Application deadline February 10, 2020
  • Tuesday, May 26, 2020
    Application deadline April 13, 2020
  • Monday, August 3, 2020
    Application deadline June 22, 2020
  • Monday, October 5, 2020
    Application deadline August 24, 2020
  • First Class for 2021
    Monday, February 22, 2021
    Application deadline January 11, 2021

A completed application packet (including all assessments and proofs) should be submitted to the BBE office by the application deadline date. Applications received after the deadline will be considered for the next available class.

For information contact Janet Chernoff, Administrative Services Consultant at (850) 245-9406 or by email at Janet.Chernoff@dbs.fldoe.org. Ongoing programs at the center may result in a change in class dates.

Training Classes

The Division of Blind Services operates a residential Rehabilitation Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. An individual lives at the Center for the duration of the BBE training offered there.

When an individual attends the Center for training, he/she will undergo 18 weeks of modules covering the required course work. A score of 80% or above is required to pass each module. If the trainee does not receive a passing grade after two attempts, they will need to request permission from the BBE Bureau Chief in order to take the exam a third time.

The training modules are as follows:

  • Vending Module (4 weeks)
  • Business Start up Module (2 weeks)
  • Record Keeping Module (3 weeks)
  • Food Safety Module (2 weeks)
  • Food Service Module (4 weeks)
  • Business Management Module (3 weeks)

On-the-Job Training (OJT)

Following 18 weeks of training at the Daytona Beach Rehabilitation Center, the trainee will be scheduled for on-the-job (OJT) training.  OJT builds on skills already achieved in the basic modular training and gives the opportunity for hands on training in an actual BBE facility. The State Office notifies the counselor and client of the location and start date of OJT. The training takes 4 to 10 weeks.
Emphasis is placed on proper food handling, inventory control, menu planning, vending machine maintenance, customer satisfaction and basic business management including completion of the Monthly Business Report and the Request for Reimbursement forms.

Licensure

After successfully completing all of the training competencies, the BBE State Office schedules the client for a Licensure Examination. Questions are developed from important duties and responsibilities included in Chapter 6A-18 (FAC); the Licensed Operator Facility Agreement (LOFA); the BBE Manual; ServSafe Study Guide; and Vending Machine Programming Guides. A score of 80% or above is required to earn a recommendation for licensure. If this threshold is met and all training reports and eligibility documents are in order, the BBE State Office issues a numbered license to the client, who then becomes a Licensee and eligible to compete for BBE facility vacancies.  The license shall be perpetual, but subject to suspension, revocation or surrender as specified in other sections of this Manual.

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