Assessment of Competence in Ocular Therapeutics

Detailed information about the Assessment of Ocular Therapeutics is below.

If you wish to obtain an application form, please contact OCANZ.


2017/2018 ACOT FEES (effective 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018. Fees are in Australian Dollars)



CASE REPORTS REPEAT - If the candidate passes the oral examination but with unsatisfactory case report(s) and an unsatisfactory defence of the case report.  The case report(s) need to be re-submitted.   $1,105

ORAL EXAMINATION REPEAT - If the candidate fails oral examination overall, but with satisfactory case reports.  The oral examination (except for the defence of the case reports) needs to be repeated.       $1,105

The fees are payable per attempt and are non-refundable.



The aim of the accreditation process is to assess an optometry program against OCANZ Standards (see links to Standards below). A program’s accreditation status is subject to; any conditions the program has on its accreditation status being appropriately completed, there being no major changes to the program and to the satisfactory submission of annual reports by the education provider.


Accreditation Standards

The existing standards are:

Accreditation Manual Part 1 – Process and Procedures

Accreditation Standards and Evidence Guide for Entry-Level Optometry Programs

Accreditation Standards and Evidence Guide for Programs of Study in Ocular Therapeutics


Accredited Programs of Study

The list of programs accredited by OCANZ together with any conditions on accreditation is available here.

Once accreditation is granted by OCANZ, the Optometry Board of Australia (OBA) and the Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board New Zealand (ODOB) must approve the decision before the program becomes an approved program of study for the purpose of registration in Australia and New Zealand.

View a list of OBA approved programs >>

View a list of ODOB prescribed qualifications >>

Links to accredited programs

Supplementary Information

Supplementary Information - Content related to working as an Optometrist in Australia and New Zealand (not examined)