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Heidelberg Engineering Academy launches CET Course Room

The free virtual platform will enable optometrists and dispensing opticians to earn CET points through engaging with recorded webinars

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Heidelberg Engineering Academy has launched a new platform to provide online Continuing Education and Training (CET) for optometrists and dispensing opticians.

Through the free CET Course Room, optometrists and dispensing opticians are able to earn CET points through recorded webinars. One point is awarded for each online course, after watching the video content and completing a multiple-choice quiz.

Emily Malbon, head of UK marketing and education at Heidelberg Engineering, explained: “We are passionate about raising the standard of education in ophthalmic diagnostic imaging across the industry.

“When the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of exhibitions and events nationwide, we decided to continue to provide education in innovative ways virtually.”

The Heidelberg Engineering Academy began a programme of live, CET-accredited webinars in 2020, which will continue into 2021.

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“The online CET Course Room will make our informative library of recently recorded webinars accessible and engaging,” Ms Malbon said. She confirmed that if the platform proves popular, the company plans to add more content over the coming months.

The first course available on the site is Learning the Eyeway Code. The course, delivered with Mark Holloway, independent optometrist at Thomas & Holloway Opticians, and Tim Cole, clinical affairs manager for Heidelberg Engineering, is aimed at beginners and designed to help participants to confidently identify and describe pathology in OCT scans.

Earlier this year, Ms Malbon spoke with OT about the roll-out of OCT, how training has changed, and the impact of COVID-19 on the development of the technology. Take a look at our ‘Making the Mainstream’ feature to read more.