The current three-year CE cycle runs from January 1, 2021 until December 31, 2023. All CE hours must be completed during this period; CE hours cannot be carried over.
All members, both practising and non-practising, are required to engage in the Quality Assurance (QA) Program’s Continuing Education (CE) component. This ensures members remain current with changes in technology, scope and standards of practice, and other relevant issues. The philosophy behind the CE component is one of lifelong learning. Every member of the College has a responsibility to formulate a personal plan for completing continuing education on a regular basis.
The College’s CE component operates on a three-year cycle. The requirements that must be met by members in the current CE cycle (January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2023) are detailed in the College’s CE Policy below:
Have questions about your CE requirements for the current CE cycle and/or OE TRACKER? Start by checking out the recording below. You can also refer to a list of Frequently Asked Questions at the bottom of this page.
Following the conclusion of each three-year CE cycle, the College performs two audit processes:
- the CE Deficiency Audit to identify members who failed to meet the published CE hour requirements; and
- the Random CE Audit in which the College verifies the reporting accuracy of randomly selected members.
Members found to be deficient in CE hours will be required to participate in a Practice Assessment in accordance with O. Reg. 837/93: Registration, at their own cost according to the College’s Schedule of Fees and Penalties.
OE TRACKER is a system hosted by the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO) which the College uses to capture and store continuing education data for Optometrists in Ontario. All members are assigned an OE TRACKER number and must ensure all their CE hours are reported in the system by the end of each three-year cycle. Click here for more information about OE TRACKER.
OTHER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FORM
To report Other Learning Opportunities CE hours that meet the criteria outlined in the 2021-23 CE Policy to OE TRACKER, Optometrists must complete a “Continuing Education: Other Learning Opportunities Form” which can be downloaded here.