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Fellowship

Certification Programme leading to BABO Fellowship

The Certificate in Behavioural Optometry is intended to be in recognition of evidence of further study and experience in the field of Behavioural Optometry. Candidates should have completed at least fifty patient cases before enrolling on the Certification course.

The Certification process will demonstrate further academic training, and examination of knowledge. Passing the course will be rewarded by the conferring of the letters FBABO –Fellow of the British Association of Behavioural Optometrists, and annotation on the referral list.

Maintenance of FBABO membership will be dependent upon maintaining regular CET, as with the Accreditation list. We hope this course will lead to recognition by other bodies e.g. The British College of Optometry (BCO), GOC or academic institutions. As with similar fellowships, these letters can be used in publicity and on letterheads, but cannot be used on the GOC register. Also similarly to the BCO and other professional bodies, use of the suffix would depend on following a code of practice and could be withdrawn at any time if that code was broken or subscriptions not paid.

Certification Programme

Pre-requirements – Candidates will need to have taken OVT1, 2, 3 and 4 (or comparable). Conferment of BABO Fellowship requires independent learning and consolidation of the courses. Practitioners should have completed at least fifty patient cases.

The next cycle of the Certification course begins on 15th January 2016 and comprises:

Part 1

(i) Four open book questions; to be successfully completed by 1/10/16. Candidates can choose to take more time on their open book question answers and defer completion to 1/10/18, before taking the exam day in April 2019.

(ii) Four case studies to be completed to a satisfactory standard by 31/1/17, or by 31/1/19 if taking 3 years to complete the open book questions. Once the case studies have been accepted by the examiners the candidate can register on Part 2 of the course.

Part 2

Exam Day – April 2017 / April 2019

  • 60 min examination of 40 MCQs.
  • Viva – a one hour oral examination, with two examiners, covering any aspect of    behavioural optometry, detailed discussions of the case studies, and may include a discussion of the open book answers.

Full details of the course regulations and guidelines will be available from the BABO Administrator, here on the website, and will also be sent on registration.

To register, or an express an interest, please contact admin@babo.co.uk

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