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Competency in Optometry Examination
Frequently Asked Questions
If you trained overseas, you must pass the OCANZ Competency in Optometry Examination or complete an accredited optometry course in Australia or New Zealand in order to seek registration with either the Australian or New Zealand registration board.
See Optometry Board Australia Registration Standard for General Registration for initial applications at :
See Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board New Zealand How to register as an optometrist:
No, OCANZ does not require a candidate to provide any evidence of English Language competency in order to sit the COE, but advises that the registration requirements in Australia and New Zealand are indicative of the standard of English Language competency necessary to attempt the COE. For more information, please refer to the document at http://www.ocanz.org/examination/competency-in-optometry-examination/.
There is no time limit.
Please refer to the examination fees refund policy on website.
Currently there are 8 venues for the written examination - Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Queensland, Auckland, London, Johannesburg and Washington.
The clinical examinations are always held in Melbourne, Australia.
No, but you must pass the clinical examination within three years of passing the written examination.
You will be notified by email within 6-8 weeks.
You will be notified by email within 5 weeks.
You can re-sit the written examination as many times as you wish. For further specific information refer to the Examination Guide - http://www.ocanz.org/examination/competency-in-optometry-examination/examination-guide/
If it is your first attempt and you pass one of the two papers, you have one (1) further opportunity to repeat only the failed paper at a later sitting. If at this second sitting you fail that paper again, you will need to re-sit both papers at your next attempt and at ALL subsequent attempts.
The only requirement is that you must pass the clinical examination within three years of passing the written examination.
No, you only need to submit Form 2 or 3 (application form) once.
OCANZ publish examination results every year in its annual report. See http://www.ocanz.org/about/annual-reports/
There are currently no bridging courses provided by OCANZ. Applicants may make private arrangements for tuition to assist them to prepare for the Competency in Optometry Examination.
Unfortunately, OCANZ does not assess the qualifications of overseas-trained dispensing opticians. For information about working in Australia as a dispensing optician/optical dispenser please contact:
You need to contact one of the Optometry Schools in Australia and New Zealand directly.
OCANZ assesses only overseas trained optometrists for recognition of their qualifications in Australia and New Zealand. The Council does not assess medical training as this is responsibility of the Australian Medical Council. The Australian Medical Council can be contacted via their website - www.amc.org.au.