Stage 1

Stage 1 normally consists of three to five scheduled assessment visits, where trainees are observed carrying out day-to-day tasks and assessed on 75 elements of competence.

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Before your first assessment visit at Stage 1, it is important to familiarise yourself with the Scheme for Registration Handbook, especially the competencies framework, as this will form the backbone of the assessment process. It is not unusual at all for trainees to not acheive all of the elements of competence when they are assessed at each visit. For any elements of competence that are not achieved, your assessor will agree an action plan with you and you will be reassessed on those elements of competence at a later date.

Stage 1 Visit 1

 

Visit 1 usually takes place within one month of your enrolment date. Your assessor will contact you shortly after you enrol to arrange a mutually convenient time for the visit.

To prepare for the visit you should read the Visit 1 section of the Scheme for Registration Handbook where you will find details of the elements of competence that are assessed during Visit 1, as well as tips to help you prepare. If you have any questions after reading the handbook, you can contact your assessor for advice.

In the essential documents section below, there is an electronic version of the logook. You may use this rather than the printed version if you prefer.

After the visit, your assessor will discuss your progress with you and your supervisor. Together you will agree an action plan to address any issues the assessor has observed. You will also agree the dates of future visits.

Watch more videos of the Lead Assessor talking about Visit 1.

Essential documents

 

 

 

 

 

Stage 1 Visit 2

 

Visit 2 will usually take place two or three months after Visit 1. The exact timing will depend on your action plan and your progress. If you feel that you need more time between visits you should contact your assessor as soon as possible.

At Visit 2 you will be assessed on a wider range of elements of competence than at Visit 1 and you will also be observed carrying out a routine eye examination and soft contact lens aftercare. A typical visit is detailed in the Scheme for Registration Handbook. The order in which the elements of competence are assessed can be tailored according to your individual circumstances. If you are not sure which elements of competence will be assessed please contact your assessor.

After Visit 2 your assessor will give feedback to you and your supervisor. They may amend your action plan and revise the dates of future visits depending on your progress. At this point your assessor will decide whether you will be ready to sit Stage 2 after Visit 3. Most trainees, however, will require a fourth visit date.

Watch more videos of the Lead Assessor talking about Visit 2.

Essential documents

 

 

 

Stage 1 Visit 3

 

Visit 3 will usually take place three or four months after Visit 2. The exact timing will depend on your action plan and your progress. If you feel that you need more time between visits you should contact your assessor as soon as possible.

At Visit 3 you will be assessed on a wider range of elements of competence than at earlier visits. A typical visit is detailed in your Scheme for Registration Handbook. Again, the order in which the elements of competence are assessed can be tailored according to your individual circumstances. If you are not sure which elements of competence will be assessed please contact your assessor.

After Visit 3 your assessor will give feedback to you and your supervisor. If you have not successfully completed the required number of elements your assessor will arrange a further visit. Most trainees require a fourth visit at Stage 1 and the cost is included in your training fee.

Watch more videos of the Lead Assessor talking about Visit 3.

Essential documents

 

 

 

Stage 1 Visit 4

During Visit 4 you will be assessed on any elements of competence that were not achieved in the previous visits. You should prepare for this visit in the same way as you have done previously, taking account of any feedback you have received.

If you do not complete all the elements of competence  at Visit 4, your assessor can arrange further visits. There is no limit on the number of visits you can have at Stage 1 (your training fee includes up to four Stage 1 visits). 

Essential documents

 

Additional visits

You may require more than four visits at Stage 1 to be signed off from the 75 elements of competence. Your assessor will discuss this with you if this is the case. There is no limit to the number of visits you may have at Stage 1. Your training fee includes up to four visits at Stage 1 and additional visits incur a fee. Consult our Fees section for further details.

 

Cancelled visits

If you feel you will not be ready for one of your assessment visits, you should contact your assessor as soon as possible. The College reserves the right to charge for cancelled visits if less than a week's notice is provided, unless medical evidence can be provided. Consult our Fees section for further details.

 

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