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GOC advises, 'Make sure CET hits the target'

17 Apr 2007

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General Optical Council press release, 17 April 2007

For immediate release

GOC advises, ‘Make sure CET hits the target’

Optical professionals are being advised to check that Continuing Education and Training (CET) events have been approved for their ‘target group’. The General Optical Council is reminding practitioners that they will not be credited with points for attending events aimed at other ‘target groups’.

Deputy registrar and director of education Dian Taylor explained: “The CET scheme is designed to make sure practitioners stay up to date in their core competencies. Having clearer information about the content and level of CET events will help registrants plan and attend the most relevant training.”

Any event may be approved for one or more groups. For example, a lecture on contact lens fitting might be approved for optometrists and contact lens opticians. A dispensing optician would not be awarded points for attending. If an event is approved for both general and specialist points, a specialist will be able to choose which type of points they would like to be credited with.

Providers have been issued with new logos, and should make it clear in any advertising or publicity material which target group(s) the CET has been approved for. Registrants can also check the target groups for any event on the CET Directory on which includes a quick reference system with symbols showing the relevant target groups.

Representatives from the GOC and Vantage will be available at Optrafair this weekend (21-23 April) to answer questions about CET and other issues.


For further information or copies of the new logos please contact:
Kate Fielding
Head of Communications
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3472

Notes for editors:
1. CET events may be approved for one or more of the following groups: Dispensing Opticians; Optometrists; Specialist Optician (Contact Lenses); Specialist Optometrist (Additional Supply); Specialist Optometrist (Supplementary Prescribing).

About the General Optical Council:
The GOC is the regulator for the optical professions in the UK. Its purpose is to protect the public by promoting high standards of education and conduct amongst opticians. The Council currently registers around 22,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.

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