By admin • June 28, 2018

Centre for Eye Health: The Need for CPD

The need for CPD

As a leader in the build and delivery of online Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for optometrists, Centre for Eye Health (CFEH) has a goal to improve eye health and quality of life by reducing the incidence of preventable vision loss.

CFEH required a cost-effective, user-friendly platform to deliver quality CPD to their members and achieve their goals. The LMS needed to be able publish and commercialise their Intellectual Property (IP), incorporate eCommerce in multiple training modules and have the ability to facilitate training through global expansion.

CFEH and CPD: training challenges

CFEH are acknowledged as a leader in their sector. As part of their charter, they deliver online CPD to their members. To achieve this goal, CFEH had to overcome a range of challenges, which included platform, eCommerce, hosting and design.

CFEH had initially invested in the build of their own portal on an open-source platform. They found; however, that the platform was difficult to navigate and the e-Learning lacked sophistication, intuition and innovation.

A platform that delivers

In addition, the association wished to deliver CPD as a series of courses, learning programs, webinars and events. The current learning platform lacked capacity to deliver on these critical functions.

CFEH’s key challenge was that they needed to deliver different CPD programs to a range of member groups. This was further complicated by their need to assign CPD points to each training activity, which would track the CPD points for individual members. They completed an extensive market scan and all LMS’s required custom programming to deliver the functionality.


The final challenges related to the flexibility of the eCommerce functionality. CFEH needed a shopping cart to allow members to purchase individual courses, events, webinars and learning programs.

Limitations from customising the user experience was also a significant reason for transitioning from their initial platform; the portal lacked flexibility in features and they needed a LMS that could deal with the complicated nature of CPD in accordance with the Optometry Board of Australia and AHPRA guidelines.

“Our initial platform was difficult to navigate and the process was not intuitive or visually appealing. We adopted PowerHouse LMS to deliver the rapid progression of the standard and quality of eLearning.”

CFEH makes the switch

After an extensive market scan, CFEH selected Mediasphere’s PowerHouse LMS as their dedicated CPD platform. CFEH based their selection on 10 key points:

  1. The LMS is designed specifically for associations delivering online CPD
  2. CFEH can publish unlimited courses and assign CPD points per activity
  3. CFEH can publish webinars and host events and assign CPD points to each activity
  4. The platform automatically publishes a personal CPD Training Record that can be printed or downloaded
  5. The platform can present courses, events and webinars in custom categories
  6. Unlimited CPD groups and sub-groups can be added to the platform and custom CPD programs can be assigned
  7.  The software delivers responsive content to all connected devices
  8. Member CPD credit can be assigned to build membership bases
  9. The content is SCORM compliant and supports W3C and accessibility standards
  10. The eCommerce is pre-built into all modules to generate revenue

In addition to the suite of CPD functions out-of-the box, the interface is customised for CFEH and their team can use the website module to maintain the external web pages while the LMS manages the internal CPD content and member pages.

The global expansion of CFEH CPD

After the success of CFEH portal in Australia, the association has duplicated the PowerHouse LMS portal and Mediasphere host their Dublin-based training from our servers in London. CFEH plans to expand their CPD on PowerHouse in additional countries in the coming years.

To learn how PowerHouse CPD can help your team grow without limits, check out our website for a free demo.