Competency in Optometry Examination

Examination Dates and Venues


Written Parts


First Series - Online (remote proctored examination):

Monday 6th & Tuesday 7th March 2023
Closing Date: Thursday 9th February 2023

Second Series - Online (remote proctored examination):

Monday 7th & Tuesday 8th August 2023
Closing Date: Thursday 6th July 2023


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 19 June 2023
Session Two: 
Week of 26 June 2023
Closing Date: 
Thursday 11th May 2023

Second Series

Session One: Week of 13 November 2023
Session Two: Week of 20 November 2023
Closing Date: Thursday 5th October 2023

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.

For information on fees go to Examination Fees


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.