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CPE for Optometrists and Opticians

It is now mandatory for all optometrists and opticians professionals with Full Registration to achieve their CPE credits required within the qualifying period.

The qualifying period usually starts from October to the following September. A fully registered person will be going through a 2 year cycle. Therefore, please note that the targeted number of points within the qualifying period of 2 years for Opticians is 40 credits, and Optometrists 50 credits

Types of CPE Activity Categories

There are five categories of CPE activities. All optometrists and opticians are encouraged to participate in CPE activities from the different categories to have a more meaningful learning experience.

Please take note there will be a cap on number of points that practitioners can claim from each category for per QP. You may refer to the following table for a summary:  

Guidelines and References for CPE Programmes

Practitioners should refer to the following guidelines for more details:

  Guidelines and References 
Guide to CPE Program for Optometrists and Opticians [PDF, 202KB]
User Manual for Submission and Enquire CPE Claim in PRS  [PDF, 1000KB]
3 Category 3 - List of Recommended Journal/ Online Quizzes [PDF, 24KB]
Category 4 - List of Recognised Programmes/Course [PDF, 10KB]
Category 5 - CPE Claim Form for Supervisory Role [PDF, 208KB] 
6 Steps on submitting Category 3 [PDF, 587KB]

Non-fulfillment of CPE

Under the revised Code of Professional Conduct and Professional Practice Guidelines (Revision Edition 2020), all practising practitioners are expected to fulfil the required CPE points within each QP. Failure to fulfil the CPE requirements could amount to professional misconduct and the registered practitioners may be subjected to disciplinary actions by the Board. 

The Board may cancel the registration of a registered person, or take one or more of the following actions:
i. cancelling his registration or
ii. censure him;
iii. impose on him a penalty not exceeding $10,000;
iv. order that his registration be subject to such conditions as may be imposed by the Board for a period not exceeding 3 years;
v. suspend his registration for a period not exceeding 3 years. 

For practitioners whose practising certificates have lapsed and who wish to return to practise, are now required to obtain the requisite CPE points in the 24 months preceding their application for practising certificate (PC) with the Board. The revised articles are applicable to practitioners with effect from 01/08/2020