27 May 2020
The Optometry Board of Australia (the Board) has today published six new continuing professional development (CPD) guidance documents to help optometrists understand how to meet its revised Continuing professional development registration standard (revised CPD standard).1
The revised CPD standard was initially published in July 2019 and will replace the existing CPD standard on 1 December 2020.
From 1 December 2020, the revised CPD standard and guidelines will apply to all optometrists registered with the Board except those with student or non-practising registration.
Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board recently announced its intention not to take action if registered optometrists cannot meet the current CPD standard when they renew their registration this year for 2021. The current CPD standard expires on 30 November 2020.
It is important for optometrists to remember you won’t need to declare that you have met the revised CPD standard until you renew your registration in 2021. When you renew your registration this year you will need to declare whether you meet the current CPD standard.
To help optometrists to prepare to meet the revised CPD standard, the Board published revised Guidelines for continuing professional development in October 2019. On 3 April 2020, the Board published further guidance comprising FAQs about CPD and a fact sheet about CPD exemptions on its website. The Board will continue to publish additional information in its newsletter and online throughout 2020.
Today the Board has published advance copies of the following six new documents on its website:
Optometry Board of Australia Chair Ian Bluntish said: ‘The ways in which registered optometrists can meet the new CPD standard will be even more flexible than before. You will no longer need to undertake accredited CPD activities, though you will still be required to develop learning goals, plan CPD activities to meet those goals and reflect on how you will improve your practice based on what you have learned. Optometrists will continue to be required to keep a portfolio that records all this information.
‘The Board conducted focus groups with optometrists to gain a better understanding of the type of information that would help practitioners understand and meet the requirements of the new CPD registration standard. The additional documents published today have been developed with valuable insights from optometrists.’
From 1 December 2020, optometrists will still need to:
From 1 December 2020:
The revised standard, guidelines, FAQs and fact sheet about CPD exemptions are available on the Board’s website. To complete its suite of CPD guidance documents, later in 2020 the Board will publish a template for applying for exemptions from completing the revised CPD standard requirements.
1 Registration standards define the requirements that applicants and registrants in the regulated professions need to meet to be registered.