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, 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.
Events for Optometrists
|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 points t.b.c.||To be held on Saturday 21 - Sunday 22 October 2017 more|
|Webinars||2 CPD points (live attendance) (1 point for optional assessment)||Subscribe to the Webinar Package to attend all 4 webinars from home|
|Certificate Level Courses||CPD varies depending on course (up to 80 points)|
How Do I Register and Pay for ACO CPD?
There are a number of ways to register and pay for ACO CPD: by phone, fax, 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