AOP unveils 2018 CET programme

Over 300 interactive and non-interactive CET points available

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) has launched its extensive, 2018 Education and professional development programme – increasing the number of events it runs by 40% from 2017, to cater for practitioners in all modes of practice, across the UK. 

The full programme delivers through a variety of face-to-face events, print and online channels, offering over 300 interactive and non-interactive CET points.   

Following the sell-out success of the AOP’s pilot events in 2017, nine new locum events, in partnership with Johnson and Johnson Vision, will take place in 2018. Other new highlights to the programme include the AOP’s second CET-approved legal drama, webinars on a range of topics, and making accurate claims events in Scotland and Wales. 

In addition to new initiatives, the AOP’s education programme continues to deliver established and highly valued events and conferences, including the flagship industry event, 100% Optical and the popular peer discussion and legal roadshows. 

Dr Ian Beasley, the AOP’s Head of Education, said that the 2018 programme will provide education and training that underpins the whole practice team. He explained: “The AOP has focused its efforts to expand the education offering in a way that helps all members of the practice team fulfil their individual roles. We are delighted to announce, following such a successful pilot run, that we will be delivering new locum events across the country, to cater for this important growing market in the industry. These events will include a session on safe practice through continuity of care and best practice for contact lens fitting. Therapeutics Manchester, which delivers a brand-new programme, also makes an exciting new addition for those specialising in this field or those who are looking to in the future.”  

The 2018 Education and professional development programme will begin with 100% Optical, 27-29 January. As the official 100% Optical education and media partner, the AOP has developed a world-class CET and CPD programme available across several hubs, over the three-day show, which is celebrating its fifth year in 2018.

For more information on the 2018 Education and professional development programme, and to book events, visit To view OT online visit 

For more information, please contact Emily Campbell, PR and Marketing Officer, at the Association of Optometrists, [email protected] or telephone 020 7549 2040. 

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Notes to Editors

Association of Optometrists 

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is the leading representative membership organisation for optometrists in the UK. We support over 80% of practising optometrists, to fulfil their professional roles to protect the nation’s eye health. As a founding member of the Optical Confederation we work with others to improve eye health for the public good. For more information, visit

Optometry Today

Optometry Today (OT) has a readership of 15,000 members and subscribers. OT was named as the ‘Best Professional Association or Royal College magazine’ at the MemCom 2016 Awards. Organised by MemCom – the networking organisation for membership marketing professionals – the awards recognise and celebrate excellence within the membership sector. The OT website offers subscribers exclusive access to over 65 CET exams per year, including bi-monthly CET video content. For more information, visit 

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