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What are the CET requirements?

 

Requirements for all registrants
Specific requirements for optometrists
Specific requirements for dispensing opticians
Specific requirements for contact lens opticians
Specific requirements for therapeutic specialist optometrists
 


Requirements for all registrants

1. Points must be obtained over a three-year cycle, from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2018

2. 36 general points requirement for all dispensing opticians and optometrists per cycle. The points requirement is adjusted pro-rate for registrants joining later in the cycle.

3. Expectation that registrants obtain at least six points per year

4. Number of points awarded to reflect the level of interaction required for each type of CET activity. For example, peer discussion and clinical skills CET will carry greater points than attendance at lectures or article based CET.

5. There is no automatic shortfall period. Registrants who have not met all their targets by the end of the cycle will be removed from the registers.
 


Specific requirements for optometrists 

Optometrists must gain 36 general points which must include:

1. Registrants must participate in at least one activity which involves peer review, and must provide a reflection statement linking the learning from the discussion to their own practice.

2. All of the optometry competency units, specifically:

• Communication
• Standards of Practice
• Ocular examination
• Optical appliances
• Contact lens
• Ocular disease
• Assessment of visual function
• Assessment and management of binocular vision

One CET activity may cover more than one competency area. Registrants will not therefore be required to get a separate CET point for each of the competency units.

Acrobat Reader icon CET competencies for optometrists
 


Specific requirements for dispensing opticians

Dispensing opticians must gain 36 general points which must include:

1. All of the dispensing competency units, specifically:

• Communication
• Standards of Practice
• Ocular examination
• Optical appliances
• Contact lens
• Low vision
• Refractive management
• Ocular abnormalities
• Paediatric dispensing

One CET activity may cover more than one competency area. Registrants will not therefore be required to get a separate CET point for each of the competency units.

Acrobat Reader icon CET competencies for dispensing opticians
 


Specific requirements for contact lens opticians

Contact lens opticians must gain 36 general CET points which must include:

1. 18 of the 36 points must be obtained in contact lens specialist CET.

2.  Registrants must participate in at least one contact lens activity which involves peer review, and must provide a reflection statement linking the learning from the discussion to their own practice.

3. All of the contact lens optician competency units, specifically:

• Communication
• Standards of Practice
• Ocular examination
• Verification and identification
• Contact lenses 

Acrobat Reader icon CET competencies for contact lens opticians
 


Specific requirements for therapeutic specialist optometrists

Therapeutic specialist optometrists must gain 36 general points which must include:

1. Registrants must participate in at least one therapeutics activity which involves peer review, and must provide a reflection statement linking the learning from the discussion to their own practice.

2. All of the optometry competency units, specifically:

• Communication
• Standards of Practice
• Ocular examination
• Optical appliances
• Contact lens
• Ocular disease
• Assessment of visual function
• Assessment and management of binocular vision

Plus: 18 additional therapeutics specialty CET points (gained at a rate of six per year)

Acrobat Reader icon CET competencies for therapeutic prescribers

 


 

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