College CET provision and deadlines 2021

The current three-year CET cycle ends on 31 December 2021. You must have completed all your CET requirements by that date in order to remain on the GOC register.

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GOC CET requirements for the current cycle

  • Practising optometrists must gain 36 CET points over the complete cycle, covering all eight competencies, and a minimum of six points each year. Half of these points should be interactive, including three from a peer discussion. You should also set and meet at least one personal learning goal relating to the new Standards of Practice.
  • Optometrists joining the register part way through the cycle will need to achieve a pro-rata proportion of the points – one point for every full month that you are in the cycle. So, for example, if you joined in January 2019, you would need to achieve 23 points by 31 December 2020. Half your points should be interactive (NB If, for example, half is 3.5, you can ‘round down’ to 3).
  • Therapeutic specialist optometrists must complete the same activity as practising optometrists and also an additional 18 points from therapeutics specialist CET covering all the therapeutics competencies. Your peer review or peer discussion cases must relate to therapeutics, however, you only need to complete one peer discussion per three year cycle. 

If you fail to meet your minimum requirement by 31 December 2021, the GOC may remove you from the register. This means you will not be able to practise until you have undertaken a restoration process. More information can be found on the GOC website.