CPD information for training providers

CPD information for training providers

The Optometry Board of Australia has authorised Optometry Australia to administer the CPD accreditation process on behalf of the Board for three years from 1 December 2014. This includes assessment of activities, assignment of accreditation and allocation of CPD points in addition to a new requirement to develop and implement an audit process for CPD activities. This new activity will impact both non approved and approved CPD providers. 

CONTENTS:
Applying for course accreditation
Accreditation criteria
CPD Activity Feedback Form
Application forms
Training providers – fees
Why is there now a fee to have CPD accredited?
Further information for Training Providers on accredited activities


Applying for course accreditation

Training providers must complete an accreditation application electronically and email the application to cpd@optometry.org.au at least 28 days prior to the course date.

  • Late applications may be reviewed but at the cost of a late fee.
  • Retrospective applications will not be reviewed.
  • Incomplete applications will be returned to providers who will be asked to amend their application.

The Optometry Board has developed the following documents to assist training providers in the development of accredited CPD activities for the optometry profession. All providers should read these documents prior to applying for accreditation. Applications that do not meet the criteria in these documents will not be accredited.

All queries regarding the application process or the CPD program in general should be directed to Eye on CPD at cpd@optometry.org.au or by calling 1800 393 273.

Accreditation criteria

Courses that do not meet the accreditation criteria in the Optometry Board CPD Guidelines will not receive accreditation.  

CPD Activity Feedback Form

The Optometry Board CPD Activity Feedback Form is now available here. Training providers can use this form or can edit it as they see fit, training providers can also create their own feedback form.

Application forms

Application forms for accreditation can be downloaded here:

Training providers – fees

Non-Approved Provider Application Fees

 Initial application fee – 28 days before course date  $150 per course of 3 hours or less
 Initial application fee – 28 days before course date  $750 per course of greater than 3 hours
 Urgent application fee – 7 to 28 days before course date  $150 in addition to the initial fee
 Repeat activity fee  $50 per course independent of duration

All prices are inclusive of GST

NB: Duration calculated on actual learning time and applies equally for online/distance activities.

Applications received less than 7 days before the course date will not be accredited.

Standard review time is 10 business days.

Repeat activity fee levied for previously accredited courses that are to be repeated in the same registration CPD year (1 Dec - 30 Nov).

Why is there now a fee to have CPD accredited?

Prior to the introduction of national registration in 2010, Optometry Australia maintained a CPD accreditation and recording program for all optometrists.  Once this component became mandatory in 2010 as part of national registration under AHPRA, Optometry Australia was asked by the Optometry Board of Australia (OBA) to continue this important function at no cost to stakeholders. After activities being submitted for accreditation more than doubled in the period following national registration, the ‘no-cost to CPD providers’ accreditation model became unsustainable for Optometry Australia.

The OBA subsequently launched an open tender process, whereby a number of applicants submitted  proposals based on cost recovery models to accredit CPD activities on behalf of the OBA.  With significant experience in the area and existing IT infrastructure in place, Optometry Australia was able to submit a very competitive proposal and was awarded the tender in late 2014 (to be administered by a newly created business unit, Eye on CPD).

Fees charged under this cost recovery model are used to fund Eye on CPD’s administrative and operational tasks and for a new IT platform which provides up to date points information (separated into the points categories specified by the OBA).  The accreditation fee also contributes to an independent external auditor to review activities nation-wide once they have been conducted (in order to ensure that they meet the high educational standard set by the Board) along with an independent assessment panel which acts as a secondary reviewer and arbiter in the handling of any complaints throughout the accreditation process.

Further information for Training Providers on accredited activities