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COE Exam Preparation Course Become an Optometrist in Australia

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Ace the Competency in Optometry (COE) Examination on your first attempt through our specialised online course tailored for optometrists aspiring to make a career in Australia.

12 Sep 2023 Batch Starts On
4 monthsCourse Duration
$275* EMI Starting From

100 hours of live online training.

One-on-one feedback sessions with the trainer

Study handouts, mock tests, and final COE exam grand tests

Exclusive tips on approaching the COE exam

Why Become an Optometrist in Australia?


Average annual salary of registered optometrist in Australia


Projected job growth in 5 years


Visas for skilled workers in Australia

About The Course


Optometrists with bachelor's degrees and home country registration can find ample opportunities in optometry in Australia and New Zealand due to high demand and limited supply.


Professionals having an optometry degree obtained from an institution outside Australia and New Zealand are required to pass the Competency in Optometry Examination (COE) before making an application for registration.


The COE is conducted under the auspices of the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ).


The COE exam preparation course readies you for OCANZ's COE exam, the initial step towards becoming a registered optometrist in Australia.


COE exam preparation course is designed to provide a comprehensive review of the full OCANZ exam curriculum as per the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand Limited (OCANZ).


Taking the COE exam preparation course by Academically is one of the most cost-effective tools that will give you peace of mind and the surety of success.

Who Is The Course For?

Foreign-trained optometrists who want to practise, migrate, and settle in Australia.

Optometrists taking the COE exam for the first time.

Those who want to take on the examination with full preparation.

What's More That
Comes With Our Course?

1. Daily Q&A session

Have doubts about the course content or need guidance to fast-track your career or facing roadblocks while studying? We got you covered. We come LIVE daily and answer any question you have.

2. live sessions on our platform

We understand sometimes coming LIVE during our sessions can be difficult. So if you miss, dont worry, you can view the recording of our live sessions in our platform.

3. Lifetime Course Access

Our course content and study materials are available to you even after completion of the course. Until and unless you pass the exam, we would not revoke your access.

4. Community for Lifetime

You learn and grow best when you are surrounded by like-minded people. You will be made part of a community where you can network, share opportunities, and build relations with your peers and alumni.

Explore The Full Curriculum


  • Health Information Management

  • Diagnosis and Management

  • Patient Examination

  • Communication and Patient History

  • Professional Responsibilities


  • Diagnosis And Management Examination

Meet The Instructors

Dr. Akram Ahmad

Dr. Akram Ahmad

B.Pharm, PharmD, PhD

11 years of Experience

Hey there. I am Dr Akram Ahmad, a pharmacist, researcher and educator. I have completed my B.Pharm and PharmD from Indian institutes, post which I went on to complete my PhD from the University of Sydney. My research profile is amongst the top 5% at Research Gate. I possess over 15 years of teaching experience gained across institutes in India, Malaysia and Australia. To help pharmacists migrate to Australia and other countries and get better jobs, I offer lectures and guidance for various exams such as KAPS, DHA, PEBC etc.

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Anu Thapa

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All team members are really good in terms of teaching both tutors are really helpful and kind as well … u can ask ur doubts anytime and special thanks to Akram sir who always motivates everyone. I highly recommend this academy to everyone who wants to achieve their goal in healthcare sector. They made everything easy and precise for you.

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I came to know about academically through Instagram. I have being a part of this family since 1 month. I have joined for both PTE and APC classes. Classes are really good. As a working person, i thought it will be difficult for me to attend classes, but the recordings provided by the team is really helping me a lot. I would like to appreciate the team for the both the LMS and discord applications, which is making my exam journey easier.

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Susan Laka

Greetings from Papua New Guinea. At first I didn’t know where to start and how to approach the AMC MCQ exam. Since June 2023 when I started this sessions on AMC preparation the story is different now. The Two lecturers Namely, Dr Swapnil and Dr Udara are exceptionally committed and deliver well. The team is always available to answer to us anytime. They provide great support. I have not done the skill assessment yet, hoping to get that done this week and hopefully I will sit for the exam in November 2023.

Rahul Rajput

The session was informative and worthy. I got to know more career options about the field which currently I'm pursuing. Working internationally, career options overseas, information about pharm. D and MD, etc are the things which is new for me and actually very informative. Interacting with the guest was really helpful and had influenced me positively.

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Success Stories

If I hadn't gotten the right guidance and coaching as I got from Academically, it could have been still very difficult for me. I relied more on recorded lectures, the lectures were very informative to the point, concise and precise. Whenever I asked doubts it was cleared immediately. I have been very lucky to get coaching from Academically.

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Canada, KAPS Qualified July 2023

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Rajshekhar Reddy

KAPS Passed July 2023

My heartfelt thanks to Academically for making me pass the KAPS Exam. The lecturers are perfect and you will get guidance according to Australian terms. In my KAPS Exam, 90% questions were from the Academically’s mock test. I would definitely recommend Academically for those who want to migrate to Australia as a pharmacist.

Rajendra Airee

Intern Pharmacist at Chemist Warehouse, Melbourne, Australia

Whatever MCQs that Academically provided, covered more than 90% of the exam questions, that helped me a lot and basically made clearing the exam a lot easier.


DHA Pharmacist at VIVA Pharmacy, UAE

If you write the exam, you can pass the exam. With the right guidance and support of Academically, I got the opportunity to work as a pharmacist intern in Australia. I got the visa in just 1 month and I have also got a great contract for 3 years.


Intern Pharmacist, Rushworth Victoria, Australia

About The COE Examination

What is the COE Exam?

The COE (Competency in Optometry Examination) is an assessment conducted in Australia for overseas-trained optometrists who are seeking to practice as registered optometrists in Australia. This examination is administered by the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ) and assesses the clinical skills and competencies of optometrists to ensure they meet the standards required to practice safely and effectively in Australia.

Successful completion of the COE Exam is often a requirement for overseas-trained optometrists to be eligible for registration as an optometrist in Australia.

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COE Exam Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to write the COE Exam, an Optometrist must have the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a recognised university.
  • Proof of English language proficiency.
Procedure for COE

1.  Preparation and Eligibility

The first step is to meet the eligibility requirements specified by the Optometry Board of Australia.

Once you verify the eligibility, register with the boar submit the required documents and pay the examination fees.

2.  Examination Day

Choose your preferred examination date and location. Prepare for the COE examination, focusing on both written and practical components.

On the scheduled date, arrive at the designated examination centre with identification and documentation. Take the COE examination, which includes written and practical assessments.

3. Results and Registration:

Wait for the examination results to be released. If you pass, apply for registration as an optometrist with the Optometry Board of Australia.

Engage in ongoing professional development to maintain your registration and stay current in optometry practice.



Exam Format

The Competency in Optometry Examination is in five parts, two written, two clinical, and one online Cultural Safety Training for Optometrists. This exam happens in September every year.

 1. Written examination (2 parts):

• Clinical Science examination (one 3-hour multiple choice paper covering basic biomedical, vision and optical science and clinical science)

• Diagnosis and Management examination (one 3-hour short answer question paper examining the candidate’s skill in patient diagnosis and management)

 2. Cultural Safety Training for Optometrists online training (1 part)

• Completion of the OCANZ Cultural Safety Training for  Optometrists online training program

 3. Clinical examination (2 parts):

• Skills Station examination (clinical skills examination)

• Patient examination (four patient examinations in a clinical setting)

Testing Centres

The written examination is held as a remote online proctored examination. The Clinical examination will be held at the Australian College of Optometry in Melbourne, Australia.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, OCANZ does not require a candidate to provide any evidence of English Language competency 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.

You will be notified about the results by email within 6-8 weeks.

You can re-sit the written examination as many times as you wish.

OCANZ is the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand.

Yes, Indian optometrists have the opportunity to work in Australia. However, they need to follow a process to meet the standards set by the Optometry Board of Australia. This involves having their qualifications evaluated by the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ), demonstrating English language proficiency if required, applying for registration, and passing a national board examination.

Yes, optometry is in demand in Australia. The growing awareness of eye health and an aging population contribute to the increased need for optometric services. Optometrists play a crucial role in providing eye care and addressing vision-related issues.

Optometrists in Australia earn an average annual salary of $115,000, which translates to approximately $58.97 per hour. Newcomers to the field typically start with entry-level positions offering around $105,000 per year. Those with extensive experience and a well-established career can earn upwards of $140,000 annually.

Yes, in Australia, optometrists are often referred to as "optometric doctors" or "doctors of optometry." This title reflects their advanced training and qualifications in the field of optometry. Optometrists in Australia hold a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree or an equivalent qualification.

Yes, optometrists have the potential to apply for Permanent Residency (PR) in Australia through various pathways. The most common pathway for skilled professionals, including optometrists, is the General Skilled Migration (GSM) program.

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