Competency in Optometry Examination

Examination dates and venues


Written Parts


First Series: Monday 26th March 2018, Tuesday 27th March 2018
Closing Date: Thursday 1st March 2018

Second Series: 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 4 weeks to process, Form 3 applications take 8 weeks to process.

Clinical Parts


Session One: Week of 18 June 2018
Session Two: Week of 25 June 2018
Closing Date: Thursday 17th May 2018


Session One: Week of 12 November 2018
Session Two: Week of 19 November 2018
Closing Date: Thursday 11th October 2018

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 via 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.


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.