Competency in Optometry Examination


OCANZ is closely monitoring the evolving situation surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as it continues to pose a significant public health risk.

Due to the health risks associated with COVID-19 and the current global uncertainty, OCANZ has cancelled the First Series (June 2020) Clinical Examination. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience. Our hope is that the COVID-19 risks will have reduced sufficiently to enable us to run our Series Two examinations in their entirety, which may include additional clinical session dates if required.

We have not yet made any changes to our Written Examination schedule, but this will be monitored closely over the next few months.

In making decisions, OCANZ will be primarily guided by publicly available information from the Australian Government Department of Health, the World Health Organisation, and in the case of our clinical examination based in Melbourne, Australia, the Victorian State Government Department of Health & Human Services. We will update our website regularly in response to the evolving COVID-19 situation. 

We appreciate that this is a stressful time for everyone and we thank candidates for their continued understanding. 

Examination Dates and Venues


Written Parts


First Series:

Monday 16th March 2020, Tuesday 17th March 2020
Closing Date: Thursday 20th February 2020

Second Series:

Monday 10th August 2020, Tuesday 11th August 2020
Closing Date: Thursday 9th July 2020

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


First Series

Second Series
Session One: Week of 9 November 2020
Session Two: Week of 16 November 2020
Closing Date: 8th October 2020

NOTE: If applications for the Clinical Examination are higher than usual, a third session may be scheduled. 

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), New Zealand (Auckland), United Kingdom (London) and South Africa (Johannesburg). The venue for the Clinical Parts of the examination will be the Australian College of Optometry in Melbourne, Australia.