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OCANZ's 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.

20 May 2024 Batch Starts On
4 months Course Duration
AUD 1000* EMI Starting From

120 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

Trainer access until you pass the COE exam

Why Become an Optometrist in Australia?

₹60 lacs

Average annual salary of registered optometrist in Australia

≈ 11%

Projected job growth in 5 years


Visas for skilled workers in Australia

About The Course


Optometrists with bachelor's degrees and clinical experience 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-On-1 Q&A Sessions

We provide online one-on-one counselling and Q&A sessions to ensure online learning is beneficial for the aspirants. Our mentors help aspirants clear their doubts and queries and get all the answers they need.

Live+Recorded Sessions

Missed a live lecture? Don’t worry. You can always find a recorded lecture on our platform and revisit it as many times as you want during the course duration.

Extended Course Access

Getting the course once will help you prepare for not one but multiple attempts. You get access to all the resources for more than a year, to ensure proper revision.

Community Building

We help you get in touch with a community of experts, which includes mentors, registered practitioners, previous alumni and those who have successfully cleared the exams. This adds value to your preparation and get all the guidance and motivation you need.

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

  • Dr Akram Ahmad is a pharmacist, researcher and educator who has taught in several universities across India, Malaysia and Australia. 
  • He completed his B.Pharm and PharmD from Indian institutes, post which he went on to complete his PhD from the University of Sydney.
  • Dr Akram is a renowned researcher and his research profile is amongst the top 5% at Research Gate.
  • He is the founder and CEO of Academically and a well-known career coach. 
  • He possesses a vast experience of over 11 years of teaching and research, and currently, he helps pharmacists and other healthcare professionals migrate to Australia and other countries and get better jobs. 

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Dr. Suchit Deepak Dadia

Dr. Suchit Deepak Dadia

MBBS, MS (Ophthalmology)

11 years of Experience

  • Dr. Suchit Deepak Dadia is an Ophthalmology professional and Academically’s faculty member for the OCANZ’s COE preparation course. 
  • He has completed his Master of Surgery in Ophthalmology from Mumbai's Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, and he has also received recognition as Diplomate of National Coard (DNB) from the National Board of Examinations, India. 
  • Since 2019, he is also a member of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh (UK). After accumulating ample experience in Ophthalmology practice, he chose academics as his calling. 
  • Currently, he is employed as the Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Cornea, Cataract & Refractive Services in Ahmedabad's M&J WRIO.

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Divyabharathi N

Divyabharathi N

B.Optom, M.Optom

5 years of Experience

I am Divyabharathi N, lecturer of optometry. I have completed my Bachelor of Optometry (B.Optometry) from SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Centre. I have obtained clinical and optical exposure from various eye hospitals and retail opticals in Chennai. Currently, I am pursuing my final year of Master in Optometry from Dr. Agarwal's Institute of Optometry, Chennai. As an Optometrist and an educator with five years of experience in the eye care field and expertise in clinics, misfield optics, low vision and binocular vision, I wish to help fellow optometrists clear competitive exams. I've worked as a faculty of optometry at Tagore Medical College and Hospital and Allied Health Sciences as well. 

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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 or master’s degree from a recognised university
  • One year of supervised clinical practice
Procedure for COE

1.Skill Assessment

Have your degree evaluated by the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ). 

Once deemed eligible, proceed to complete the Form 2 application, which is supplied by OCANZ. The processing time for this application typically takes approximately four weeks.

2. English Proficiency

While OCANZ does not enforce the submission of English language proficiency evidence for the COE (Competency in Optometry Examination), it does suggest that candidates adhere to the OBA (Optometry Board of Australia).  

According to the OBA guidelines, candidates must prove their English proficiency in exams like IELTS, PTE, or OET.

3. Written Examination

The written examination consists of two papers - The Clinical science examination and the Diagnosis and Management examination. This assesses the theoretical knowledge of the candidate.

4. Cultural Safety Training for Optometrists 

After clearing the written examination, candidates must take cultural safety training. This is a self-paced online program that the candidate has to clear before taking the clinical examination.

5. Clinical Examination

The clinical examination also has two parts- Skills Station examination and Patient examination. This examination assesses the practical knowledge of the candidate.

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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