GOC CET requirements

To maintain their registration, optometrists must meet all of the GOC’s minimum CET requirements by the final day of the current cycle.

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The CET cycle

The current three-year CET cycle runs from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2018, and you must meet the GOC's minimum CET requirement by the final date.

If you qualify, or return to the register part way through a year, you should contact the GOC to confirm how many CET points you will be required to complete.

If you fail to meet your minimum requirement by the final date, and you have no special dispensation from the GOC, the GOC may remove you from the register. This means you will not be able to practice until you have undertaken a restoration process. 


Minimum CET requirements for all optometrists

To maintain GOC registration all optometrists must:

  • gain a total of 36 points over the three-year cycle - with an absolute minimum of six points (of any sort) gained in each year
  • gain points in all eight optometry competency units during the three-year cycle
  • gain at least half of your 36 points through interactive learning, which involves some sort of communication with your peers or experts. This can include distance learning which features an interactive element, for example discussion forums or webinars
  • take part in at least one peer review or peer discussion during the three years (you will gain three points for taking part in and reflecting on such a session)
  • set at least one personal learning goal relating to the new Standards of Practice – this learning goal must be met through relevant CET undertaken during the cycle.


Additional requirements for therapeutic specialist optometrists

If you are a therapeutic specialist optometrist, in addition to the 36 general CET points, you must also gain 18 points from therapeutics specialist CET activities over the three years, at a rate of six a year. So there are 12 points in total that you must gain as a bare minimum each year - six general and six specialist. Remember that even if all your specialist points are gained from interactive CET activities, you still have to gain at least half your general points from interactive activities too. Your peer review or peer discussion cases must relate to therapeutics. Find out more about becoming a therapeutic specialist.

More information about the specialist competencies and CET requirements for those on the therapeutics specialist register can be found on the GOC website.


Tracking your CET points

You manage your CET points in the MyGOC section of the GOC website. The site shows you if you have reached your minimum number of points for the year, and will also show you if you still have to gain points in any competency area.

CET points you have earned are uploaded to the GOC site by the provider of the CET, and you will receive an automated alert that they are awaiting your verification. You have to verify any points on MyGOC before they will show up in your account. You will be asked to give feedback and to complete a reflection statement when required in order to verify your points, so remember to do this as soon after the activity as you can so it is still fresh in your mind. Your feedback will be anonymised and made available to providers to ensure activities are of high quality.


Interactive and non-interactive CET

More interactivity = more points

To encourage you to do more interactive CET, you’ll notice that the number of CET points will normally increase depending on how interactive the activity is. For example, attending a workshop at Optometry Tomorrow will gain three interactive points, while answering a set of multiple-choice questions on an article in Optometry in Practice will be worth one non-interactive point.

Peer review and peer discussion

You must take part in at least one peer review or discussion session during the three year cycle, but we would strongly encourage you to undertake more of these sessions. Most optometrists find it a really useful and enjoyable way of sharing knowledge and ideas with colleagues, keeping up-to-date and learning how to deal with particular cases.

Whilst many people take part in large peer discussion sessions using example cases, the College would also encourage members to try taking part in smaller peer review groups where participants use their own cases, as this is a very beneficial learning experience.

More information about: Peer discussion and peer review