Due to rapidly changing circumstances in relation to government and public health advice for COVID-19, ABDO has made the difficult decision to cancel all planned ABDO regional CET face-to-face events with immediate effect until mid-July. We will look to postpone some events to later in the year where possible but anticipate a number of events will not be able to be replaced in 2020.
We are aware many members rely on ABDO to support them in acquiring their mandatory minimum CET points, and that ABDO regional CET events form a large part of this. ABDO is committed in delivering the member benefit of the provision of sufficient CET to attain at least your minimum CET requirement over the CET cycle, with a full variety of competencies. Regular, monthly CET via distance learning article in Dispensing Optics and interactive CET via monthly webinars will continue to ensure the minimum annual requirement of 6 CET points can easily be obtained by ABDO members.
Through this period of national disruption please be aware ABDO still has a number of CET options available for you to access online.
· Child Safeguarding – this Level 2 course has been designed for specifically for dispensing opticians and has been approved for 1 CET point. This online module can only be completed by ABDO members only. Click here for Safeguarding
· Dispensing Optics CET articles – once logged into your membership portal on the ABDO website, use the link on the left for CET Online. From here you will find our monthly articles and multiple choice questions and our recorded lectures. Click here for Member Login
· Recorded lectures – Now available alongside our Dispensing Optics CET articles in the CET online section of the membership portal. Click here for Member Login
· Webinars – We will continue to host our monthly interactive CET webinars. The next is being held on 23rd March 2020 at 7:30pm. To book onto this please do so using this link or via the events page of the ABDO website. Please note you will be required to log in to book. March Webinar
If you have any concerns about anything CET or are trying to re-register to the GOC please feel free to call the CET Team on 01206 734155 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Continuing Education and Training
There is a statutory scheme for dispensing opticians and optometrists who wish to maintain registration with the General Optical Council. The scheme runs in three-year periods, and the current three-year period will end on 31 December 2021. All dispensing opticians and optometrists will have to gain 36 CET credits by December 2021, for continued registration.
For CET events visit the Events section of the ABDO website.