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

2018 

First Session: Monday 26th March 2018, Tuesday 27th March 2018

Closing Date: Thursday 1st March 2018

 

Second Session: Monday 13th August 2018, Tuesday 14th August 2018

Closing Date: Thursday 12th July 2018

 

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) are 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.

 

2017

Second Series:

Session One: Week of 13 November 2017
Session Two: Week of 20 November 2017

 Closing Date: Friday 13th October 2017

 

2018

First Series:

Session One: Week of 18 June 2018
Session Two: Week of 25 June 2018

 Closing Date: Thursday 17th May 2018

 

Second Series:

Session One: Week of 12 November 2018
Session Two: Week of 19 November 2018

Closing Date: Thursday 11th October 2018

 

2017/2018 FEES
(Effective from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018. Fees below are in Australian Dollars)

APPLICATION FEES

Form 1
$330
Form 2
$660
Form 3
$660

Additional application information requested by OCANZ $220

WRITTEN EXAM FEES

Both papers (Australia)
$2,425
One paper (Australia)
$1,275
Both papers (Overseas)
$2,685
One paper (Overseas)
$1,410

CLINICAL EXAM FEES

Skills Exam
$2,175
Patient Exam
$3,580

APPEAL FEES

Administrative Review
$660
Appeal Committee Review
$1,325

 

EXAMINATION FEES REFUND POLICY

Written examinations: The fees are payable per attempt.  There is no refund for failure.

Clinical examinations: The fees for the skills examination are payable per attempt.  There is no refund for failure in the skills examination, however, if a candidate fails the skills examination, and is therefore not able to sit the patient examination in the same session, the patient examination fee is not payable and a candidate who paid for this examination has two options.

1. A full refund of the patient examination fee (a $200 administration fee will be charged)

or

2. The patient examination fee can be retained by OCANZ as a credit to be used towards a future clinical examination (no administration fee will be charged).

Withdrawal prior to the written and clinical examination: Withdrawal from an examination must be provided in writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Any withdrawal from OCANZ written and clinical examinations will incur a $200 administration fee.  The amount refunded or held in credit towards another examination attempt is dependent on the notice provided by the candidate, as outlined below:

 

  • Day before examination to 14 days before examination
    25% of fee paid (less $200 administration fee) is refunded or credited to candidate
  • 15 days to 6 weeks before date of examination
    50% of fee paid (less $200 administration fee) is refunded or credited to candidate
  • 6 weeks to 8 weeks before date of examination
    75% of fee paid (less $200 administration fee) is refunded or credited to candidate
  • More than 8 weeks before date of examination
    100% of fee paid (less $200 administration fee) is refunded or credited to candidate

 

(as adopted 13 June 2013 / Updated May 2017)