CPR requirements for APC renewal 1 April 2022
In 2020 the Board consulted to amend the current recertification programmes for Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians to add a requirement for the achievement and maintenance of certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). The Board resolved that the CPR certification must be achieved and maintained each year in addition to CPD and self-audit requirements.
The decision to require CPR is based on the Board’s role to ensure the safety of the public. A means to ensure public safety is to have practitioners who are involved with administering medications (diagnostically or therapeutically) to be competent in CPR. Also, the generally accepted requirements of many health practitioners in New Zealand are that they need to be skilled in CPR. New graduates from the Board’s prescribed qualifications are required to be skilled in CPR and the Board believes this competence should be maintained.
The requirement for CPR certification will begin from the renewal of Annual Practising Certificates in 2022. The Board’s requirement for CPR certification is any course that meets the minimum NZQA 6401 and NZQA 6402 standard. Practitioners must check before commencing a course that it meets this standard for CPR certification.
Evidence of current certification will need to be submitted at the annual renewal. Please see examples of CPR courses to the right.