Core competencies

To gain a qualification in optometry, dispensing optics, contact lenses or independent prescribing, students and trainees on GOC-approved programmes must demonstrate that they are proficient in the core competencies. 

There are core competencies in four areas of practise:

  • Optometry;
  • Dispensing optics;
  • Contact lenses (for dispensing opticians); and
  • Independent prescribing (for optometrists).

Education handbooks

Our education handbooks contain more information on the core competencies for each area of practise.