GOC announce new 3-year CET cycle

There are just two months left in the current CET cycle. While many of us are still focused on meeting our goals before the end of this current cycle, 60% of GOC registrants have already met all of their minimum requirements. For them, looking forward to 2019 is the main focus.

GOC CET Review

The GOC is currently conducting a review of CET as part of a wider strategic review of education to ensure that the CET scheme, first introduced in its current form in 2013, "keeps pace with changes that are happening in the optical sector and promotes a culture of continuous learning and development, helping to improve patient safety and quality of care". To allow time for the review to progress through the various consultation stages the GOC had initially proposed an 1-year CET cycle in 2019. However a meeting of the GOC Council yesterday (14 November 2018) decided that the next CET cycle, starting on 1 January 2019 will be a three year cycle after all. No significant changes are proposed from the current cycle.

2019-2021 CET requirements

The requirements for optometrists and dispensing opticians will be as follows:

  • CET points: 36
  • Interactive points: 18
  • Competencies: All competencies to be covered
  • Peer Review: At least one peer review required for optometrists
  • Annual points requirement: 6

Just like the current cycle, contact lens opticians will be required to achieve 18 points from their speciality competencies, cover all speciality competencies and undertake at lease one peer review in their speciality as part of their requirement to achieve 36 points, while therapeutic optometrists will need to achieve 18 points from their speciality competencies, cover all speciality competencies and undertake at lease one peer review in their speciality in addition to their 36 point requirement.

All registrants will need to review their scope of practice statement before accepting any CET points in the new cycle.

Need some help?

If you are still looking for help meeting requirements for the 2016-2018 CET cycle then you can use the search functions on cetpoints.com to find CET in specific competencies. Many of our CET courses also cover the interactive modality and users with a full subscription can access our self-service Peer Review packs. We recommend you complete CET covering any outstanding requirements as soon as possible and ideally before Christmas so that we can deal with any errors and omissions in good time. However, we will be open between Christmas and New Year and all CET completed on cetpoints.com before 12pm on 31 December 2018 will be included in our final upload of CET points for 2018.

If you are looking to get a head start with CET in 2019 then the Eyecare Conference and Exhibition in Glasgow on 20 and 21 January 2019 might be just the ticket. With a huge choice of interesting workshops covering a wide range of relevant clinical topics, you'll be able to earn up to 36 CET points in 2 days and satisfy your 2019-2021 requirements in one visit.

Or, why not do both with a combined 2-day pass for Eyecare 2019 including online courses worth up to 6 CET points this year.

About the author

Peter Charlesworth MSc MCOptom

Peter Charlesworth is an optometrist and Managing Director of Eyecare. He is a former examiner and councillor of the College of Optometrists, a former member of the GOC’s fitness to practise committee and holds an MSc in Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science from the University of Manchester. He was Boots Opticians Tutor Practitioner at the University of Bradford for 7 years. His duties there included teaching the Law and Management module to final year students and a clinical investigative techniques module to the second year.

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Posted by rory doherty - 09/01/2019 22:15

each year we as dispensing opticians have to achieve exactly the same amount of points as an optometrist, and each year that same optometrist can claim back the costs from the local authority, yet we can claim nothing. the last three years I have had to spend over 200 pounds to gain the required amount of points and remain out of pocket each time. if our cet requirements are the same and our outlay the same why the inequality?

Posted by Peter Charlesworth - 10/01/2019 11:16

Rory, we share your disappointment that DOs don't receive funding to complete CET. Optometrist CET is funded by a grant from the Department of Health and I know ABDO have lobbied hard for this to be extended to DOs, without success. As a CET provider, all we can do is help support DOs like you by keeping our costs as low as possible. We provide discounted places for DOs at the Eyecare conference (20 and 21 January 2019) and we have held the price of an annual subscription to CETpoints.com at £140 for more than 4 years.

Thanks for your comment and we wish you all the best for the new CET cycle. If there is anything we can do for you please just ask.


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