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Exceptional circumstances

Exceptional circumstances in completing CET requirements for the 2016-18 cycle

The deadline for submitting an exceptional circumstances application for the 2016-18 cycle is Monday 11 February 2019. Applications made after this date will be rejected.

If you believe that you are unable to meet the CET requirements for the 2016-18 cycle due to exceptional circumstances that are unforeseen, and are over and above the course of everyday experience which have resulted in you being unable to practise, please refer to this policy for guidance and make an application using this application formWe will not be able to consider exceptional circumstances without this form being completed.

In making applications under this policy, you must demonstrate that you had intended to meet the CET requirements and explain why you were prevented from doing so. Where possible, applications should be supported by documents, for example a letter from a medical practitioner or a jury summons.

Such exceptional circumstances can include:

  • serious ill health, accident or injury;
  • the death or serious illness of a close family member or dependant;
  • unforeseen significant change in family or carer responsibilities;
  • significant crisis directly affecting the individual, including recent disability (where the registrant may be able to practise and undertake CET with reasonable adjustments);
  • late cancellation by a CET provider of planned CET events; or
  • absence caused by maternity, paternity or jury service.

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Please send your application by email to cetexceptional@optical.org, or by post to 10 Old Bailey, London, EC4M 7NG.  If you require assistance in completing this form, reasonable adjustments in making your application, or information in relation to your CET requirements, please contact our CET team on 020 7307 9488 or cet@optical.org or access your CET record on MyCET.  Once we have received a completed application we aim to acknowledge within three working days. Your application will be taken into account after the end of the CET cycle, therefore you should not expect to receive a response until after the end of the 2016-18 cycle.

We expect registrants to make every effort to complete their CET requirements, and registrants should not await the outcome of any applications made under this policy if they subsequently find themselves able to undertake CET.  Our CET cycle is for a three year period, and all applications will be considered by reference to your ability to undertake CET over the three years and meet the CET requirements.

 

 

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