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Membership categories and rates

Join us!The College subscription year runs from 1 October to 30 September and these are the membership fees for 2016 - 2017. We are pleased to advise that membership fees have been frozen for the fifth year in a row - and that you can now spread the cost with monthly payments.

Download the   Membership Standing Order which explains the College's membership categories

   Direct debit payment Non-direct debit payment 
Members resident in the UK, Isle of Man and Channel Islands (home) £293.73 £298.73
Members (home) working part time (up to 50 days per year)   £164.98 £167.77
Members resident elsewhere (Overseas)  £164.98 £167.77
Members (Overseas) working part time (up to 50 days per year)  £92.88  £94.43
Newly-qualified members (home) qualified since July 2013:     
First year after qualification  £29.37 £29.87
Second year after qualification  £73.43 £74.68
Third year after qualification  £146.87 £149.37
Fourth year after qualification £220.30 £224.05
Newly-qualified members (overseas) qualified since July 2013:    
First year after qualification £16.50 £16.78
Second year after qualification  £41.25 £41.94
Third year after qualification £82.49 £83.89
Fourth year after qualification £123.74 £125.83
*Non-practising members (home and overseas) £39.04 £39.65

** Those who are either permanently retired from optometry, taking a career break, on parental leave, unemployed or unable to work due to ill-health or incapacity AND who expect to receive no income from optometry during the subscription year.

How to pay

Annual subscription is due on 1 October each year and this year, for the fourth year in a row, there has been no increase in membership fees. There are three convenient ways to pay:

  • Credit/debit card - we accept most major credit/debit cards via our secure online site or over the phone.
  • Direct debit - choose a single payment or spread the cost with quarterly or monthly payments.  
  • Bank transfer - the quick and easy way to pay.

Claiming tax relief

If you pay your own subscription to the College of Optometrists, you can claim tax relief on the annual fee at your marginal % rate of tax. This could significantly reduce the cost of your subscription. You can make claims for tax relief in arrears for up to six years. Please contact your tax office with any queries.

If you are already a member, you can renew your fees in My Membership.

Join today!

Start enjoying the benefits of College membership today by calling the membership team on 44 (0) 207 839 6000 (Monday-Friday 9-5) or email:

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