Membership subscriptions for the 2016 – 2017 College year are due by 1 October 2017, and fees remain the same for the seventh year in a row. You can pay your outstanding subscriptions online using a credit card or debit card. Please note we do not accept American Express.
There are several ways to pay:
1. Credit/debit card – you can pay now with most major credit/debit cards via our secure site. Please note: If you are not logged in you will be asked to enter your email address and password for the College website. We do not accept American Express. You can also pay over the phone by calling +44 (0) 20 7839 6000, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.
If you feel the fee displayed is incorrect, do not proceed and please call or email the membership department.
2. Direct debit
To set up a direct debit and save time and money with annual, quarterly or monthly payments. You can return the mandate in your renewal pack, download, complete and return a direct debate mandate, or to have a new mandate sent to you: phone +44 (0) 20 7839 6000 or email email@example.com
To cancel a direct debit please inform your bank direct and let us know via email that you are cancelling your direct debit firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Bank transfer – please check the subscription invoice in your renewal pack or the latest subscription fees below before transferring money to:
Make sure you reference your name and membership number in the transfer details.
Your membership and tax relief
The College of Optometrists is on the list of HMRC organisations approved for tax relief on subscriptions. This means that, if you pay tax in the UK, you can deduct the cost of your fees for each year from your taxable income and reduce the amount of tax you pay. For example, if you pay tax at a 20% rate, you can claim back 20% of the cost of your fees - and you can claim for previous membership fees subscriptions for the past three years. Visit hmrc.gov.uk/incometax/hot-to-get.htm
For online or phone credit/debit card payments, please allow 24 hours after payment for the receipt to be generated.
Receipts for direct debit payments will only be available once the full payment has been made. The receipts will be available 10 days after the last payment date. The delay is down to waiting for confirmation from the banks.
If you have any questions, please phone the membership team on +44 (0) 20 7839 6000 or email: email@example.com.
UK residents (including Channel Islands and Isle of Man)
|Direct debit payment||Non direct debit payment|
|Full time practising members||£293.73||£298.73|
|Part time practising members*||£164.98||£167.77|
|First year newly qualified (qualified July 2016-June 2017)||£29.37||£29.87|
|Second year newly qualified (qualified July 2015-June 2016)||£73.43||£74.68|
|Third year newly qualified (qualified July 2014-June 2015)||£146.87||£149.37|
|Fourth year newly qualified (qualified July 2013-June 2014)||£220.30||£224.05|
|Overseas residents||Direct debit payment||Non direct debit payment|
|Full time practising members||£164.98||£167.77|
|Part time practising members*||£92.88||£94.43|
|First year newly qualified (qualified July 2016 -June 2017)||£16.50||£16.78|
|Second year newly qualified (qualified July 2015-June 2016)||£41.25||£41.94|
|Third year newly qualified (qualified July 2014-June 2015)||£82.49||£83.89|
|Fourth year newly qualified (qualified July 2013-June 2014)||£123.74||£125.83|
* Those working for fewer than 50 days per year.
** Those who are either permanently retired from optometry or who expect to receive no income from optometry during the subscription year.