Continuing professional development

The public have the right to expect that optometrists will provide services in a safe, competent, ethical and contemporary manner that meets standards set by the Optometry Board of Australia (the Board).

Continuing professional development (CPD) is an interactive process to maintain, enhance and extend the practitioner’s knowledge, expertise and competence throughout his or her career. CPD is an important component in the continued provision of safe and effective services.

All practising optometrists must undertake CPD.

Registration standard

Registration standards define the requirements that applicants or registrants need to meet to be registered.

Document name  PDF  Date of effect 
Continuing professional development registration standard  PDF
7 January 2013

Registration guidelines

These guidelines assist optometrists to meet the Board’s CPD registration standard and provide guidance for providers seeking accreditation of CPD activities.

Document name PDF Date of effect
Guidelines for continuing professional development for endorsed and non-endorsed optometrists PDF 
21 December 2012

Further information for optometrists

The following additional documents have been developed to supplement the registration standard and guidelines by providing further information regarding the Optometry Board’s expectations and requirements. These documents should be read in conjunction with the standard and guidelines.

Document name PDF Accessible format Document date
FAQ: Continuing professional development PDF
Word version
December 2015
CPD portfolio template

This template is a sample record that optometrists may choose to use to record requirements of the Optometry Board of Australia’s CPD registration standard.
Word version
March 2013
Definition of CPD for endorsement for scheduled medicines   Web page April 2016

Accredited and non-accredited CPD activities

Optometrists can meet the Board’s CPD requirements by undertaking accredited or non-accredited CPD activities:

Further information for CPD providers

Document name PDF Document date
Continuing professional development provider manual

The CPD provider manual assists approved and non-approved CPD providers in the development of accredited CPD activities for the optometry profession.

All queries regarding the application process should be directed to the national office of OA directly at
January 2013

Consultation process for the continuing professional development standard

The current Registration standard: Continuing professional development was developed after a review of the retired standard, which included public consultation. The public consultation paper provides an overview of the consultation process, rationale for any changes and sets out the proposed way forward, including areas where further work is planned. This is found on the Past consultations page.

The Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council approval letter for the registration standard is found on the Ministerial Council Directions and Approval page.

Retired version

The retired version of the registration standard is no longer in effect.

Document name PDF Date of effect
Retired version: Continuing professional development registration standard PDF 
1 July 2010 to 6 January 2013

Note: If a practitioner is selected for audit, they will be audited against the registration standard that was in effect during the audit period, or as otherwise specified. For more information on audits refer to the audit page.

Page reviewed 10/08/2017