AOP launches 2015 CET and events programme

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) has launched its extensive programme of CET and CPD events throughout the country, offering over 200 CET points during the course of the year. 

The events season will launch with 100% Optical on February 7-9 at ExCeL London. As the official education partner to 100% Optical, the AOP will be delivering a world-class CET and CPD programme at the three day show. New for 2015, AOP members will have exclusive access to career development seminars, including business and management skills and legal support on the AOP stand (W100). Members will also be able to access one-to-one sessions with specialist career advisers. AOP members are advised to book early for these sessions.

Back by popular demand, the Association’s series of peer review and legal roadshows will be running throughout the UK enabling members to discuss topical issues and share best practice. Launching in February, the first peer review sessions will take place in Cardiff and Leeds. The first legal roadshow of the year will take place in Sutton Coldfield in March. 

Recognising how optometrists and dispensing opticians work together in practice has led the AOP to work with the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) to offer all members an even larger number of educational events that deliver quality, choice and flexibility.

Henrietta Alderman, AOP Chief Executive, said: “We have agreed a new partnership approach to our CET courses from 2015, with ABDO members able to attend AOP regional peer review and legal roadshows free of charge, plus all other courses at the member rate and vice versa. This joint approach will ensure that optometrists and dispensing opticians who work together get access to the best training and education in the market.” 

Sir Anthony Garrett CBE, ABDO General Secretary, said: “I am delighted that the AOP and ABDO are working closely together on the provision of top quality CET for the benefit of our members. It is another step forward in the close relationship between the two bodies.” 

2015 sees the final year of the three year cycle for eye care practitioners to gain the remaining 36 points and the AOP offers a comprehensive programme across all competencies and specialities to help meet and exceed these requirements. As well as picking up valuable CET points, the Association’s events and trade exhibitions provide excellent networking opportunities to meet and share ideas with peers. 

For the latest information on all AOP events and to book, visit the website


For more information, please contact Anne Grenyer, Communications and Marketing Manager at the Association of Optometrists, [email protected] or telephone 020 7549 2063. 

Notes to Editors 

Association of Optometrists 

Formed in 1946, the Association of Optometrists (AOP) is the only organisation that represents both optometry as a profession and the views of individual optometrists. Its core purpose is to provide unrivalled support enabling professionals to deliver high quality eye care with confidence. With over 15,500 members, the AOP represents and promotes the interests of its members to stakeholders in the UK and Europe. As a founding member of the Optical Confederation, the AOP works closely with other optical bodies to lobby national decision makers on issues related to the eye health agenda.