CET results
General Optical Council eBulletin 19
March 2014

97 per cent of registrants hit CET target

The vast majority (97 per cent) of registrants have met their annual CET points requirement for 2013. This is the first time that an annual requirement has been set, with registrants needing to earn at least six points towards the total of 36 required for the 2013-15 cycle.

Only 580 registrants (3 per cent) failed to meet their target for the year, with 258 not gaining any points at all. A further 224 registrants gained sufficient points but did not formally accept them in their online CET portfolio. If you are in this situation we urge you to log in immediately to accept your points so they can be counted towards your annual requirement.

Those registrants who failed to meet their target are at risk of being removed from the Register if they do not make up the shortfall as a matter of urgency.

Linda Ford, GOC Head of Education and Standards, said: “We are very happy that the vast majority of registrants have met their points requirement for 2013. This is a really encouraging start to the first cycle of the enhanced CET scheme and shows that most registrants have managed to adapt to the changes and meet the new requirements.

“A small number, however, have put their registration at risk by not gaining enough points for the year. Anyone in this situation should seek to make up the shortfall as soon as possible before the 15 March retention deadline or inform us immediately of exceptional circumstances explaining why they are not able to. Failure to obtain the six points required for 2013 may result in the Registrar refusing their application for retention and subsequently their removal from the registers.”

The annual points requirement was introduced as part of the enhanced CET scheme launched in January 2013, and is intended to encourage registrants to spread their learning and development evenly across the three-year cycle. Although some registrants have already managed to accrue the 36 points needed for the cycle, they will still need to gain at least six points during each of the remaining two years.

If there have been exceptional circumstances that have prevented you from undertaking CET or if you have any queries, please contact us at cet@optical.org or by calling 020 7580 3898 (option 3).

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