Students reminded to maintain registration
General Optical Council eBulletin 21
September 2014

Students reminded to maintain registration

Following an increase in numbers of student optometrists and dispensing opticians failing to apply to renew their GOC registration by the August 31 deadline, we wish to remind all registrants of the dangers of not maintaining GOC registration.

In total, 244 students were removed from our registers this year, the highest figure since the MyGOC tool was introduced in 2011. First-year students made up the majority of those removed, accounting for nearly 60 per cent.

All students removed from the register are unable to take part in any clinical training or sit examinations and cannot continue with their studies until they have been restored to the register.

Maintaining GOC registration is a legal requirement and being removed from the register can put your career at risk. We urge all registrants, both students and those fully qualified, to ensure they apply for retention promptly every year to avoid extra costs and the possibility of losing their license to practise.

Students removed from the registers must pay a £45 restoration fee to continue their studies instead of the usual £25 annual retention fee.

Since the introduction of MyGOC, there has been an overall rise in retention figures with the new process making it faster and more efficient to reapply to the register. A survey conducted by the GOC in 2011 showed that 93 per cent of student registrants now complete their retention in ten minutes or less with 89 per cent finding the process easy or very easy to use.

Students who have been removed from the registers can reapply for GOC registration via MyGOC and are urged to do as soon as soon as possible.

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