How we approve new programmes

We welcome expressions of interest from providers seeking to establish new optical education provision fully or partially leading to a registrable qualification in optometry, ophthalmic dispensing, therapeutic prescribing or contact lens optics.

Education providers seeking to establish a new optical education qualification should contact us at education@optical.org.

The expression of interest should include, as a minimum:

  • The name of the provider;
  • The title of the proposed qualification;
  • The name(s) of the qualification lead and senior management; and
  • The proposed start date for the qualification.

As of March 2021, any new optometry and ophthalmic dispensing qualifications must meet our new Requirements for Approved Qualifications in Optometry and Dispensing Optics.

As of January 2022, any new qualifications in additional supply (AS), supplementary prescribing (SP) and independent prescribing (IP) must meet our updated education and training Requirements for Approved Qualifications in Additional Supply (AS), Supplementary Prescribing (SP) and/or Independent Prescribing (IP).

Updated requirements for GOC-approved qualifications as a contact lens optician have been consulted on and approved by Council in March 2022. As of this date, applications for new contact lens qualifications must now meet our updated Education and Training Requirements for GOC-Approved Qualifications for Specialist Entry to the GOC register as a Contact Lens Optician. The requirements are due to be published shortly, in the meantime they can be found within the March 2022 Council paper.