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No 'shortfall' period at end of GOC CET cycle

30 Nov 2015

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The GOC is today reminding registrants that there is no ‘shortfall’ period at the end of the CET cycle, meaning registrants must meet all of their requirements by 31 December.

In past cycles, registrants who did not meet their CET requirements had until the following March to meet their shortfall.

Marcus Dye, GOC Head of Education and Standards, said: “When we introduced new CET rules for the 2013-15 cycle we removed the ‘shortfall’ period as many registrants and stakeholders found it confusing to effectively have two deadlines.

“I would urge all registrants to log into MyCET and check they have met their requirements. Those who have not should now take urgent action to ensure they meet all of their CET requirements by 31 December. Those who do not do so may be removed from our registers and be unable to practise in the UK.”

The GOC also recently reminded registrants to accept their ‘pending’ points in MyCET in order to ensure they count.

The GOC office closes for Christmas on 24 December 2015, so the regulator is recommending that all registrants meet their CET requirements by then to ensure that support will be available if needed.

There are still 4,004 registrants, around 19 per cent of fully-qualified registrants, who need to meet their CET requirements before the deadline.


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Simon Grier
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