New CET will be available nationwide
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New CET will be available nationwide

CET-webRegistrants in all locations will be able to get the CET points they require when our enhanced scheme launches in January 2013.

From next year, practitioners will have to complete their CET through a wider variety of learning methods. Optometrists and contact lens opticians will have to participate in one peer review event per three-year cycle, and there will be a cap on CET obtained through reading journal articles.

We recognise that, in introducing these new requirements, it is vital that we ensure there is enough CET around the country, and online, for all our registrants to complete the CET they need to keep their skills up to date and meet our requirements.

We are working with CET providers, stakeholders and Local Optometric Committees (LOCs) to achieve this. Registrants will see a greater choice and availability of peer discussion events, seminars, workshops and lectures as well as new forms of CET delivered online and through interactive distance learning.

Linda Ford, GOC head of education and standards, said: “The changes to CET from next year are designed to encourage registrants to take part in more interactive forms of CET, with more opportunities to engage with peers and reflect on good practice.

“Practitioners learn well from each other, so meeting up more often to talk about their work will be a real benefit for standards in the profession.

“We realise though that pressures of time, money, family and location may make it difficult for some registrants to attend as many CET events as they would like to and have therefore been reliant on distance learning to get their points. We are working closely with providers to ensure that registrants can still access CET through distance learning but that these activities involve interaction. Registrants can expect to see new types of distance learning emerge over the next cycle as well as more local availability of events.”

The requirement over a three-year cycle will remain 36 points and we will recommend that registrants manage their CET throughout the cycle by obtaining at least six points per year. When planning which CET to do, registrants will also need to consider which competencies each activity covers to ensure that, by the end of the cycle, they can demonstrate they have covered all of their relevant competency units. From January 2013, a CET activity will be advertised not just by registrant category but also by which competencies are covered. This will assist registrants in choosing the CET they wish to do.

Full details of the changes are available on our website


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