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Thousands of CET points still remain pending

20 Nov 2015

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The GOC is today reminding registrants to accept their pending CET points in MyCET if they are to count for the 2013-15 CET cycle. Some 33,202 points remain pending in MyCET, waiting for registrants to accept them.

Many of those registrants have not yet met their requirements for the 2013-15 CET cycle and will be putting their registration at risk if they do not gain and accept sufficient points by 31 December 2015. Registrants who have already met their requirements are not allowed to ‘save’ the points for the next cycle.

Marcus Dye, GOC Head of Education and Standards, said: “Requiring practitioners to accept CET points is vital to ensure that providers have not made errors in uploading them to the system. It also allows practitioners to write reflection statements about their learning and in some cases to choose whether their points count towards a speciality or general points target.

“Registrants must accept all outstanding points before the end of the CET cycle on 31 December 2015 or they will not count – and those who have not accepted their full quota of points are at risk of being removed from the register and being unable to practise.”

There are still 5,192 registrants, around a quarter of fully-qualified registrants, who need to meet their CET requirements before the deadline. While some of these simply have to log into MyCET to accept points, others still need to complete more learning.

Most registrants will need to get 36 points across the 2013-15 CET cycle. At least half of those points must be by interactive learning methods. They must also conduct CET in each relevant competency area, and optometrists and contact lens opticians must take part in a peer review session.

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Simon Grier
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3478
e: sgrier@optical.org

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