ACO Continuing Professional Development – General Information

As part of its mission, the Australian College of Optometry provides leadership to the optometric profession in the promotion and delivery of innovative Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Opportunities are provided for optometrists to continue learning throughout their career. As a requirement of national registration and of ACO membership, Australian optometrists must complete a minimum of 80 points of CPD activities over two registration periods. (Note: the Optometry Board of Australia recognises the ACO as an approved CPD provider).

Generally, ACO CPD is open to optometrists (ACO members and non-members), optometry students and other health professionals. There are specific requirements for registrants wishing to attend clinical workshops or other events where there is direct examination of subjects. 

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Events for Optometrists


CPD Points


ACO Seminar Series 2 CPD points per lecture (plus 1 point for optional assessment)

The Seminar Series, consists of 2 lectures, generally held on the 3rd Tuesday, every 2 months. Registration is not required and is free to ACO members more

Clinical Workshops CPD varies - depending on the workshop (plus extra for optional assessment)

These half day or full day small group workshops are conducted in a clinical environment and enable optometrists to adopt new skills and practice techniques under personal instruction more

Courses CPD varies  - depending on the course (plus extra for optional assessment)

Generally conducted on weekends and are of 3.5 hours duration more

ACO National Conference CPD approximately 40 for Australia To be held on Saturday 5 - Sunday 6 October 2019 more
Webinars 2 CPD points (live attendance) (1 point for optional assessment) Subscribe to the Webinar Package to attend all 6 webinars from home more
Certificate Level Courses CPD varies depending on course (up to 80 points)

Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics

Certificate in Advanced Contact Lenses

Advanced Certificate in Glaucoma

Advanced Certificate in Children's Vision

Certificate in Public Health Optometry

How Do I Register and Pay for ACO CPD?

There are a number of ways to register and pay for ACO CPD: by phone, mail, email or online more.

ACO Continuing Professional Development Policy

The ACO CPD Policy explains the terms and conditions relating to all ACO CPD, including refunds and cancellation of events more

Contact Information for ACO CPD

For further enquiries, please contact the Education Division Tel: 03 9349 7477 or Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



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