Self-directed CPD

CPD falls into two categories: provider-led CPD and self-directed CPD.

Provider-led CPD refers to learning delivered by a GOC-registered CPD provider (see our information for existing providers page for more about what CPD providers have to do in order to be registered with us).

Self-directed CPD describes any other learning relevant to your professional practice or professional development. If you undertake a registrant-led peer review (rather than a provider-led one) this also counts as self-directed CPD.

What counts as self-directed CPD?

Any type of learning that is relevant to your professional development. Examples could include working towards an academic or vocational qualification; lecturing; webinars from outside the optical sector; or volunteering in wider healthcare. What matters is that you learn useful things from it which you can apply to your professional practice.

How many points is self-directed CPD worth?

Fewer points are available for self-directed CPD than for provider-led CPD. This is because we have mechanisms to quality assure provider-led CPD that we do not have for self-directed CPD. Every piece of self-directed CPD is therefore worth one point, regardless of the time taken to complete or complexity. The only exception to this is registrant-led peer review, which is worth three points.

Do I need to log details of the self-directed CPD I undertake?

Yes, you will need to log details of all of your CPD (whether self-directed or provider-led) on your MyCPD account. You will also need to fill in a short reflection statement for each piece of self-directed CPD you undertake, setting out what you learned from it and how it is relevant to your professional practice.

Can I make up my CPD points total entirely from self-directed CPD?

No. You will need to make sure at least 18 of your CPD points are from provider-led CPD in order to meet your total requirements.

Do I have to wait until I’ve got 18 provider-led points before I can undertake self-directed CPD?

No, you can undertake self-directed CPD at any time during the cycle – but if you haven’t already obtained 18 provider-led points, your self-directed CPD will stop counting at 17 points.