CET is a statutory requirement for all fully-qualified optometrists and dispensing opticians; all full registrants must earn a minimum number of CET points by the end of each cycle to stay on the registers.
2018 is the last year of the current CET cycle, so it’s a good time to check you’re on track to fulfil your CET requirements, and you can find out more about the 2019 'transition year' below.
What are the requirements?
Optometrists and dispensing opticians must obtain at least 36 points across their relevant competencies before 31 December 2018. At least 18 points must be gained through interactive CET.
Optometrists must participate in at least one peer review activity, and provide a reflection statement linking their learning to their own practice. Therapeutic specialist optometrists must gain an additional 18 therapeutics speciality CET points, and take part in at least one therapeutics activity involving peer review.
Contact lens opticians must ensure that at least 18 of their points are obtained in contact lens specialist CET and at least 18 in general CET. Contact lens opticians must also participate in one peer review contact lens activity, providing a reflection statement linking their learning to their own practice.
You can check your progress and accept points by logging in to the MyCET section of the MyGOC website. The number of points you need may be lower if you joined the register, or added a speciality, part way through the current cycle.
All AOP/OT CET can be tracked through MyAOP.
2019 - a transition year
The GOC is conducting a Fit for the Future consultation on CET from 17 July to 11 September 2018. The findings of the consultation will be used to shape the new CET system that is expected to start in 2020.
As a result, the GOC has confirmed that 2019 will be a transition year between the current system of CET and a newly reformed system starting in 2020. During the transition year, the GOC expects registrants to achieve 12 CET points of which six will be from interactive activities.