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Continuing Education and Training (CET)

Introduction to CET

It is essential that eye care practitioners maintain the up to date skills and knowledge needed to practise safely and effectively throughout their career. To ensure this, we oversee a mandatory CET scheme.

CET is a statutory requirement for all fully-qualified optometrists and dispensing opticians. The CET scheme is a points-based scheme that runs over a three-year cycle from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2018. All full registrants must earn a minimum number of CET points by the end of each cycle to stay on the registers.

Registrants can manage their CET portfolio, and maintain a record of their completed CET points in MyGOC

You can read more about the CET scheme in our guidance booklet:

Acrobat Reader icon CET guide for registrants 2016-18


Information for registrants

Log in to MyGOC

What are the CET requirements?

Peer review and peer discussion groups

Completing overseas CET 

Information for CET Providers

Information for existing Providers

How to apply to become a CET Provider

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Registrants with outstanding points requirements for the 2016-18 cycle

The documents below are only for registrants with outstanding CET requirements for the 2016-18 cycle.

Applying for exceptional circumstances for 2016-18

Process for removals and restoration for non-completion of CET requirements


CET scheme research report 2017

In December 2016 we commissioned independent agency, Collaborate Research, to conduct some exploratory research to collect feedback on the most recent three year cycle of the CET scheme (1 January 2013 – 31 December 2015) , as well as some early feedback on the current cycle (2016 – 2018) so far. 

The feedback gathered from this review will inform our comprehensive evaluation of the CET scheme which will consider any short-term changes required prior to the start of the next CET cycle on 1 January 2019, and more longterm changes that will be considered in conjunction with findings from our Education strategic Review.

We have now published the CET scheme research report, containing the main analysis of the findings from the research and specific recommendations.

Acrobat Reader icon CET scheme research report 2017


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Search our registers

Search our registers

Find a registered individual practitioner or business.

Log CET points

Log CET points

Use the MyGOC area of our website to log CET points or find events in your local area



Click on the link below for more information and requirements for the 2016-18 CET cycle.

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