Competency in Optometry Examination

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
Session One: Week of 15 June 2020
Session Two: Week of 22 June 2020
Closing Date: 14th May 2020

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 then 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 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.