Protecting the public and
guiding the professions

For Professionals

The Council regulates the health professions in the country in aspects pertaining to registration, education and training, professional conduct and ethical behaviour, ensuring continuing professional development, and fostering compliance with healthcare standards.

Professional Boards

Restoration

Dispensing Optician
Optometrist
Orthoptist
Supplementary Optical Dispenser
Supplementary Optometrist
1.
  • Restoration Form ( Form 18)
  • Restoration Fees and any other fees outstanding
  • A health professional may be restored in the category Supervised Practice for a period of at least six months
  • Submission of a report by the supervisor to the Chairperson of the Education Committee as to the competency of the health professional or whether a further period of supervised practice is recommended
  • Upon submission of a successful report from the supervisor, the health professional may be restored to the category Independent Practice is he/she was registered in that category prior to the erasure
  • Accrue the necessary CEUs as per the CPD Guidelines
  • The health professional be included in a CPD Audit after the period of supervised practice to ensure that this requirement is adhered to
Practitioners who were off the register and had been out of clinical work for longer than 5 years need to pass the Board exam before they may be restored to the register.

2. 
Practitioners who were off the register and had been practicing outside the country in the past five (5) years or less need to provide the following in order to be restored to the register without doing board examination:
 
 a. Restoration Form ( Form 18)
 b. Restoration Fees and any other fees outstanding
 c. Accrue the necessary CEUs as per the CPD Guidelines
 d. A comprehensive CV
 e. A recent original Certificate of Status (Certificate of Good Standing), indicating that the applicant is in good standing, issued by the foreign registration authority where the applicant is currently registered which has been issued within the preceding three months.
 f. A letter from previous employer confirming employment. In a case where a practitioner had their own practice, an affidavit/ certified letter on a letterhead with confirmation from 1 witness is required.
 g. To provide evidence that they have been practicing during their time off the HPCSA register.
 
 
3. 
Practitioners who were off the register and had been practicing outside the country in the past five (5) years or more need to provide similar requirements (a) –(g) in order to be restored to the register and
 
  • Will be subjected to do a Board examination before they can be restored, whether they comply with CPD requirements or not.
 
NB!!!  Examinations are conducted each year in March and September.