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GOC set to review CET scheme

15 Feb 2010

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Following a successful 2007-09 CET cycle, the GOC is now looking at how the CET scheme can be improved overall, and how it will form part of revalidation from 2013.

The Council is inviting registrants to have their say on the future of CET at an event on 25 March, in London. To ensure the scheme continues to meet the needs of optometrists and dispensing opticians before and after revalidation is introduced, registrants are encouraged to offer their views on CET.

GOC director of education, Linda Kennaugh said: “This event is a great opportunity for us to engage with registrants and hear more about their experiences of the CET scheme. Feedback from the event will be used to help us make sure the scheme remains practical, effective and valuable for all practitioners.

The CET event will look at issues such as whether more CET should have to take place face-to-face rather than by distance learning, and whether registrants should have to get minimum numbers of CET points in particular subject areas. In the last cycle, 59 per cent of CET was in the form of text-based distance learning and 27 per cent in the form of lectures. Statistics show that 92 per cent of modules focused on scientific study areas, with just eight per cent looking at ‘soft skills’ such as communication and professional conduct.

Linda added: “The results from the last CET cycle were really positive, and we are looking forward to building on this success as we gear up for revalidation in January 2013. We’re delighted that so many practitioners gained their required points by the deadline, and we will continue to develop CET to ensure the scheme provides maximum benefit for registrants and patients. ”

In total, 96 per cent of registrants passed their CET by the 31 December deadline – up from 91 per cent in 2006. Just 754 registrants (4 per cent) went into shortfall, of whom 188 had since met their points target by 29 January.

The CET event takes place from 11:00 – 15:00 at Park Crescent Conference Centre, 229 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 5PN. It is free to attend but space is limited, so delegates must register their interest in advance with the GOC. A buffet lunch will be provided, and the event will be independently facilitated.

You can book a place at or by contacting Simon Grier on 020 7307 3478. Alternatively, email

Registrants who are unable to attend can still have their say by responding to the GOC’s online CET survey at The GOC will send the survey to all registrants who have provided an up-to-date email address. Paper copies are available by calling the GOC on 020 7307 3898 (choose option 4).


For media enquiries please contact:
Simon Grier
Communications Officer
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3478

Notes to editors:

1. Further information about CET is available from  

2. The current CET cycle runs from January 2010 – December 2012. Registrants must earn 36 general CET points (and 12 specialist points where appropriate) by 31 December 2012 to stay on the GOC registers.

3. Please contact us if you would like a fact sheet with more detailed statistics about the last CET cycle.

4. Revalidation for opticians will begin in January 2013. How revalidation could be linked to CET will be considered at the event on 25 March, and at future events and written consultation documents in the coming months.

5. There are separate surveys for optometrists and dispensing opticians. They are on the GOC website:  

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