The purpose of the Pre-Qualification Period (PQP) is for you to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to register as a qualified dispensing optician with the General Optical Council. This is achieved through you learning in the workplace and is assessed by you demonstrating compliance in the Association’s PQP requirements and passing ABDO’s final qualifying examination, which examines nine core competencies. Once you have embarked on a recognised course of dispensing study leading to the FBDO qualification, your training institute will provide you with an ABDO PQP portfolio folder. The ABDO Examinations and Registration department can provide replacement PQP folders (eg in instances of loss or damage), but do charge for sending out folders; therefore you are recommended to ensure that your training institute provide you with the PQP portfolio folder in the first instance.
PQP guides for students and supervisors: 2015 Syllabus
- To access PQP guidance for students relating to the 2015 syllabus click here
- To access PQP guidance for supervisors relating to the 2015 syllabus click here
PQP guides for students and supervisors: 2008 Syllabus
- To access PQP guidance for students relating to the 2008 syllabus click here
- To access PQP guidance for supervisors relating to the 2008 syllabus click here
Pre-Qualification Period (PQP) Portfolio Forms
The following documents are available for you to download/print off. Please note that all the forms must be completed in full, otherwise they will not be accepted. Documents do not have to be printed double-sided and the use of white paper is acceptable, regardless of the colour of the paper generally used in the ABDO PQP portfolio.