Optometry Board of Australia (OBA) has announced changes to CPD requirements that will take effect from 1 Dec 2020.
Please watch OBA chair Ian Bluntish’s 25 min Q&A video hosted by Optometry Australia’s Simon Hanna ( 27 June 2020). Please note, between 1 Dec 2018 – 30 Nov 2020, you will still need to achieve 80 points. OBA’s new CPD requirements will not start until 1 Dec 2020. Your points will then be voided from 1 Dec 2020. Commencing 1 Dec 2020, CPD will change from a points system to an hours system.
What are the main changes?
(effective 1 December, 2020)
|Current system||New system|
|CPD Year||2 year cycle||1 year cycle|
|Minimum CPD required||80 points||20 (non-T) or 30 (T-endorsed)|
|Minimum Interactive* Units||24 points of the 80 points face-to-face||5 hours per year|
|Minimum units of clinical activities||60 points of the 80 points||15 hours (non-T) or 25 hours (T-endorsed)|
|Maximum non-scientific units||20 points of the 80 points||5 hours|
|Minimum therapeutic units||40 points of the 80 points||10 hours of the 30 hours|
|Period of time evidence is required to be kept||At least the previous 2 completed registration periods||5 years|
|CPR Training||Every 3 years||Every 3 years|
- Download OBA CPD guidelines 1 Dec 2020 (FAQ, checklists, templates)