Competency in Optometry Examination

Examination Dates and Venues


OCANZ is closely monitoring the situation surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as it continues to pose a significant public health risk, including the associated restrictions on domestic & international travel and movement.

The information on this page is subject to change. We appreciate that this is a stressful time for everyone and we thank candidates for their continued understanding. 

Written Parts


First Series - Online (remote proctored examination):

Monday 7th & Tuesday 8th March 2022
Closing Date: Thursday 10th February 2022

Second Series - Online (remote proctored examination):

Monday 8th & Tuesday 9th August 2022
Closing Date: Thursday 7th July 2022

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


Second Series - CANCELLED

Session One: Week of 15 November 2021
Session Two: Week of 22 November 2021
Closing Date: Thursday 7th October 2021


First Series

Session One: Week of 20 June 2022
Session Two: Week of 27 June 2022
Closing Date: Thursday 12th May 2022

Second Series

Session One: Week of 14 November 2022
Session Two: Week of 21 November 2022
Closing Date: Thursday 6th October 2022

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.


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

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