CPD cycle 2022-2024

The new GOC continuing professional development (CPD) cycle ends on Friday 31 December 2024. Optometrists must have completed all GOC CPD requirements by that date in order to remain on the GOC register. 

Practising optometrists must: 

  • create a personal development plan (downloadable below) in your MyCPD account at the start of the cycle.
  • obtain a minimum of 36 points in this cycle, 18 of which should be interactive CPD points. You are expected to obtain at least six points per year.
  • collect a minimum of one CPD point for each of the four core domains, per three year cycle. Remaining points can be gained in the domains which best suit your learning and development needs.

    Core domains include:
    • Professionalism
    • Communication
    • Clinical practice
    • Leadership and accountability
  • take part in one peer review event and complete a reflection statement afterwards.
  • complete a mandatory reflective practice exercise by the end of the cycle based around content from your personal development plan.

Therapeutic optometrists must:

  • create a personal development plan (downloadable below) in your MyCPD account at the start of the cycle.
  • obtain a minimum 54 points in this cycle including:
    • 18 interactive points
    • 18 points from the ‘specialty CPD’ domain
  • collect a minimum of one CPD point for each of the four core domains, per three year cycle. Remaining points can be gained in the domains which best suit your learning and development needs. 

    Core domains include:
    • Professionalism
    • Communication
    • Clinical practice
    • Leadership and accountability
  • take part in one peer review event for specialty CPD and complete a reflection statement afterwards.
  • complete a mandatory reflective practice exercise by the end of the cycle based around content from your personal development plan.

Uploading evidence

When uploading your points to your MyCPD account on the GOC's website, please include evidence that you have completed this CPD. Supporting evidence could be a certificate, an email, or letter of confirmation. A photo of the lecture room, copy of the presentation or book details alone are not appropriate evidence of CPD completion.

Personal Development Plan template

As part of the new CPD requirements, you must complete a personal development plan and upload it to your MyCPD account at the start of the cycle. We’ve created an easy-to-use digital template for members that includes various hints and tips to help guide your development and support you with this new process. 

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Further information

Points requirements are adjusted for optometrists joining the register during the cycle.  

More information on CPD requirements can be found on the GOC website.