Competency in Optometry Examination

Examination Dates and Venues


Written Parts


First Series - Online (remote proctored examination):

Monday 4th & Tuesday 5th March 2024
Closing Date: Thursday 8th February 2024

Second Series - Online (remote proctored examination):

Monday 5th & Tuesday 6th August 2024
Closing Date: Thursday 4th July 2024


NOTE: 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

Session One: Week of 17 June 2024
Session Two: Week of 24 June 2024
Closing Date: Thursday 9th May 2024

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

Second Series

Session One: Week of 18 November 2024
Session Two: Week of 25 November 2024
Closing Date: Thursday 10th October 2024

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.
  • Allocation of sessions is based on a first come first served basis.  Please note that once sessions are fully subscribed, a third session will only be available if there are sufficient numbers and venue availability.  Candidates may need to wait until the next series of clinical examinations.


The written examination is held as a remote online proctored examination.

The venue for the Clinical Parts of the examination will be the Australian College of Optometry in Melbourne, Australia.

It is a strong recommendation of the facility where the clinical examination is conducted that candidates are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including booster vaccines where necessary.

For information on fees go to Examination Fees