Continuing Education

Continuing Education

PARTICIPATION IN CONTINUING EDUCATION

All licensed members must obtain the minimum number, or greater, of Continuing Education (CE) hours in each competency period in a manner, type and number as directed by Council.  (As referenced in the Professional Bylaws section _______Include the professional bylaw reference number when approved by government).

CURRENT CYCLE
The CE cycle will effectively begin January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2020 and will continue in three-year increments thereafter.

The current CE Policy stipulates that each member is required to participate in a minimum of seventy-five (75) credit hours of continuing education related to the maintenance of his/her standards of practice or continuing competence from an organized program of learning during every three-year cycle.

The College considers an organized program of learning to be:

  • A structured learning experience that is presented as a group lecture, a group or individual workshop, or as a text or an electronically provided course

The CE policy recognizes two categories of continuing education—Categories A and B—the criteria of which are outlined below.

Members will require a minimum of 50 Category A credit hours* while credit for the remaining 25 credit hours may be obtained by participating in either Category A or B CE activities. (*One credit hour is equal to fifty minutes)

Of the 50 Category A hours required, a minimum of 25 hours must be lecture-based on topics reasonably related to ocular disease and management or related systemic disease. COPE-approved online lectures would qualify as long as they include an examination component.

POLICY _ CE Policy approved 09_30_16

ADVANCED SCOPE OF PRACTICE CREDITATION

Goal:
To ensure Saskatchewan optometrists remain in the forefront of Canadian optometric practice – recognizing that current optometric training and competencies include diagnosing, treating, and managing glaucoma, and prescribing oral medications for the treatment of eye disease.

Mandate:
In 2015 (June 3 – 5 and October 15-17) the Saskatchewan Association of Optometrists (SAO) authorized the development and delivery of an “Advanced Scope of Practice Certification Course” offered by the University of Waterloo. The Advanced Scope of Practice Certification Course supports national initiatives ensuring Canadian optometrists are providing patient care that reflects current training and competencies and was designed to prepare Saskatchewan Association of Optometrist (SAO) members for changes to scope of practice. Scope of practice changes would allow optometrists licensed in Saskatchewan to diagnose, treat and manage glaucoma, and prescribe oral medications for the treatment of eye disease.

POLICY-Advanced Scope of Practice Creditation