The current CE cycle runs from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2020. The College does not approve/accredit individual CE courses; instead, members are responsible for ensuring that their CE activities fall into the appropriate categories. A link to the current CE policy can be found here. The CE Policy outlines the requirements for what constitutes Category A and what constitutes Category B CE.
Members registered in the first year of the three-year cycle, i.e., 2018, must obtain 47 credit hours (a minimum of 34 Category A credit hours is required; the remaining 13 credit hours may be Category A or B). Members registered in the second year, i.e., 2019, of the three-year cycle must obtain 24 credit hours (a minimum of 17 Category A credit hours is required; the remaining 7 credit hours may be Category A or B). Members registered in the third year, i.e., 2020, of the three-year cycle have no requirements to obtain credit hours for the remainder of the cycle.
You may claim only CE credit hours that have been completed following your initial registration with the College. Accordingly, any CE credits that you have obtained prior to being registered with the College cannot be used to meet the requirements for the current CE cycle.
For the current CE cycle, all CE credits may be obtained online. However, only online CE that is COPE-accredited with an examination/quiz at the end would qualify as Category A. COPE-accredited CE is designated with an official COPE course I.D. number and an official COPE event number.
No, you will not be able to claim CE credit hours for completing the elearning module.
No, there is no carrying over of CE credits to the next CE cycle.
Contact ARBO by phone at (866) 869-6852 to set up your online OE TRACKER account. You will need your OE TRACKER number and will need to inform ARBO that you are a member of the College of Optometrists of Ontario.
Yes, you must submit all of your CE credit hours (both Category A and B) to OE TRACKER. Please do not send your CE certificates to the College as the College will not be keeping records of members’ CE certificates.
When submitting your CE certificates to ARBO, you must indicate the number of CE credit hours and whether the CE credits qualify as Category A or B. Some CE providers send attendance information directly to ARBO. Otherwise, you must submit your own documents by:
It will take 3–5 business days before the hours are reflected in the account.
All of the CE credits that you are using to meet your mandatory CE requirements must be marked as Category as A or B in OE TRACKER. To change or update the A and B categories, print out a copy of your OE TRACKER transcript, mark the changes you want made to the A and B categories, and email a scanned copy or a picture of the transcript to firstname.lastname@example.org. It will take 2 weeks before the changes are reflected in the account.
No, there is no minimum requirement for COPE-accredited CE credit hours. For auditing purposes, the College will only consider the total number of Category A credit hours and the total number of Category B credit hours completed for the current CE cycle.
Please note that no more than 35 hours per CE cycle may be obtained through Category A equivalencies.
For the current CE cycle (January 1, 2018–December 31, 2020), the College will be paying the OE TRACKER subscription fees for all members. Payments made by members for OE TRACKER may not be refundable.
Members can complete the module once per CE cycle and will receive one Category A CE credit hour.
The College will send the CE credit hours information directly to OE TRACKER quarterly. For example, members who completed the elearning module between January 1 and March 30, 2020 will see their CE credit hour uploaded to their OE TRACKER accounts in April 2020. Members who completed the elearning module between April 1 and June 30, 2020 will see their CE credit hour uploaded to their OE TRACKER accounts in July 2020.