A minute with...Marcus Dye

The General Optical Council’s head of education and standards, Marcus Dye, on the end of the 2013–15 CET cycle

26 Nov 2015 by John White

What are the CET requirements in the current cycle?

marcusdye2Most registrants must obtain a minimum of 36 CET points across the three year cycle, including at least six in 2015; ensure that at least 18 of those points are via interactive learning methods; ensure they cover each of the competencies relevant to their practise; and if they are an optometrist or contact lens optician, take part in a peer review session. Registrants with a registered speciality will also have requirements in relation to that specialty. Contact lens opticians must ensure that at least 18 of their 36 points relate to contact lens work. Therapeutic prescribers must obtain 18 therapeutic points in addition to their 36 general points. Registrants must log in to MyCET to accept their points in order for them to count. For practitioners to understand their specific requirements and what CET they currently have outstanding, they should log into their MyCET available through the GOC website.

When does the window close for accepting CET points in the current cycle?

The 31 December 2015. It is important that registrants understand there is no longer a ‘shortfall’ period for registrants to make up their deficit if they miss the deadline.

What happens if a registrant fails to meet the requirements?

If you fail to meet your CET requirements by 31 December 2015, the Registrar may remove your name from the GOC’s register. This means you would be unable to practise or use a protected title (such as optician) in the UK. If you fail to meet your CET requirements in relation to a registered specialty, the Registrar may remove particulars of that specialty from your entry in the register. You are also likely to be removed from your local NHS performers’ list.

"We would strongly urge all registrants with outstanding CET requirements to ensure that they meet the 31 December deadline and remain on the registers"


If a delegate is removed from the registrar, what are the next steps? Removed registrants must make up their CET shortfall, as well as obtaining an extra 12 CET points. Those CET points must cover all competency areas, half must be via interactive learning methods and optometrists and contact lens opticians must take part in a peer review session. Registrants with a registered speciality will also be required to meet the speciality competencies as part of their restoration and those who are therapeutic prescribers must complete an additional six therapeutic points. Once someone completes their CET and applies for restoration we will process it within five working days but getting back on the local NHS performers’ list might take longer, preventing that registrant from working for an even longer period time. We would therefore strongly urge all registrants with outstanding CET requirements to ensure they meet the 31 December deadline and remain on the register.

Are there costs involved?

The restoration fee is an extra £60 on top of the standard GOC registration fee of £310.

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