Schedule of Examinations, Venues and Fees

Venues

Candidates may sit for the Written Parts of the Competency in Optometry Examination in Australia (Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and other capital cities if suitable arrangements can be made), New Zealand (Auckland), United Kingdom (London), South Africa (Johannesburg) and the USA (Washington). The venue for the Clinical Parts of the examination will be the Australian College of Optometry in Melbourne, Australia.

DATES:

Written Parts

2016

First Session:  Monday 11 April 2016 (3 hour MCQ paper), Tuesday 12 April 2016 (3 hour short answer paper)
Closing Date: Friday 11 March 2016

 

Second Session: Monday 5 September 2016 (3 hour MCQ paper), Tuesday 6 September 2016 (3 hour short answer paper)
Closing Date: Friday 5 August 2016

 

Applicants are only able to apply for the examination once they have been assessed as eligible. Please note that Form 2 applications take a minimum of 2 weeks to process, Form 3 applications take a minimum of 6 weeks to process.

 

Clinical Parts

Both sections of the Clinical Examination (Skills Station and Patient Examination) will now be held over a period of one week.  This means that candidates will undertake the Skills Station and Patient Examination components of the examination within a five day period (scheduled from Monday morning to Friday evening).

Applications are available from the Examination Manager (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) on successful completion of the written examination component.  Candidates are able to select their preferred session, however, this session is not guaranteed.  Sessions will not be allocated and candidates will not be advised of final session until after the relevant closing dates.

The clinical examination venue is the Australian College of Optometry in Melbourne.

 

2016

First Series:

Session One: Week of 20 June 2016
Session Two: Week of 27 June 2016

Closing Date: Friday 20 May 2016

 

Second Series:

Session One: Week of 14 November 2016
Session Two: Week of 21 November 2016

Closing Date: Friday 14 October 2016

 
 

2016 FEES
(Effective from 1 July 2015. Fees below are in Australian Dollars)

APPLICATION FEES

Form 1
$300
Form 2
$600
Form 3
$600
Form 4
$600

WRITTEN EXAM FEES

Both papers (Australia)
$2,200
One paper (Australia)
$1,155
Both papers (Overseas)
$2,430
One paper (Overseas)
$1,275

CLINICAL EXAM FEES

Skills Exam
$1,970
Patient Exam
$3,245

APPEAL FEES

Administrative Review
$600
Appeal Committee Review
$1,200

 

EXAMINATION FEES REFUND POLICY

Refunds for withdrawal from OCANZ examinations (upon request)

  • Day before date of examination to 2 weeks before examination
    Refund 25% of fee paid
    Retain 75% of fee paid plus $200 administrative fee
  • Day before 2 weeks from date of examination to 6 weeks before date of examination
    Refund 50% of fee paid
    Retain 50% of fee paid plus $200 administrative fee
  • Day before 6 weeks before the date of examination to 8 weeks before date of examination
    Refund 75% of fee paid
    Retain 25% of fee paid plus $200 administrative fee
  • Day before the date of 8 weeks before examination
    Refund 100% of fee paid plus retain $200 administration fee


Refund of patient examination fee following completion of skills examination (upon request)

Refund 100% of fee paid less $200 administration fee

(as adopted 13 June 2013)