Continuing Education

The College’s Continuing Education Policy outlines the requirements that must be met by members in the current three-year continuing education cycle.

OE Tracker

Please note: OE Tracker is completely independent of the annual renewal process. If your OE Tracker hours are not up to date, this will not affect your ability to renew your membership. However, you must ensure that your hours are up to date in your OE Tracker profile by the end of the current CE cycle (December 31, 2017). 

OE Tracker is a system the College uses to capture and store continuing education data for optometrists. All members must be assigned an OE Tracker number by the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO). Using these numbers, the College can verify members’ CE hours for every three-year CE cycle.

With OE Tracker, members can:

  • Receive email notification when CE credits are uploaded into their accounts
  • Access their CE data anytime from anywhere
  • Reduce paperwork and filing with online storage of CE certificates
  • Print a CE transcript to submit for licence renewal, board certification eligibility, or credentialing renewal for hospital privileges
  • Track the CE hours they have earned and the hours they need to meet licence renewal requirements

Certain CE providers can send attendance information directly to ARBO. Members can also submit their own documents by email, fax, or by logging into OE TRACKER and clicking the “Submit Credits into OE TRACKER from CE Certificates” option.*

  • Email: arbo@arbo.org (Scanned CE certificates should be sent in PDF (preferred) or JPEG format.)
  • Fax: 1-888-703-4848 (This fax cover sheet should be filled out completely and sent along with the certificate.)

ARBO will verify the CE information and add the member’s credits to OE TRACKER. It will take 3–5 business days before the hours are reflected in the account.

*If submitting directly into OE Tracker, members will need to enter relevant course information, attach an image of the CE certificate, and indicate whether the courses were COPE or non-COPE, and category A or B. Once submitted, the credits will be reviewed and uploaded into members’ accounts. An email will be sent when the courses have been uploaded.

NEW: OE Tracker Mobile App

The OE Tracker mobile app tracks attendance at COPE-approved CE courses. Members can download the app to their iPhone or Android phone and use it to instantly send their attendance data to OE Tracker. For more information about the OE Tracker mobile app, visit the ARBO website.

Click here for more information about OE Tracker.

Distance Education

To offer improved access to continuing education provided by the College, two distance education modules have been developed. The first, Professional Boundaries, focuses on awareness of professional boundaries, how to maintain them and how to restore the doctor/patient relationship when they are crossed. The second, Professionalism and Professional Ethics, consists of an overview of professionalism and professional ethics using seven case studies.

Upon completion, members are eligible for six continuing education credit hours for each module the first time the course is completed, three continuing education credit hours for each module the second time the course is completed and one continuing education credit hour for each module the third time the course is completed.

If you want to participate in one of the home study continuing education programs, you should complete the answer sheet, available for the selected online course by accessing one of the links below, by circling the most appropriate answer, and return your completed answer sheet to the College along with your cheque (made out to the College of Optometrists of Ontario) for $101.70 for each online course ($90 + HST). Upon receipt by the College, you will be provided with additional analysis of the cases, and comments on the answers. For more information on how to complete each module, please see the answer sheet on the last page of each of the booklets below.

Other Continuing Education

From time to time, the College develops a “Road Show,” an information and continuing education session that is presented to members across the province. In addition, the College often offers a continuing education session to members in conjunction with our General Meeting each year. More information about this type of continuing education will be published in our newsletter, In Focus, and posted on our online Calendar as it becomes available.