Develop your career

There are lots of ways that we can help you develop your career, whatever your job role, experience or professional and personal goals.

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Professional development options

Find out more about different sorts of professional development routes you might want to consider to help boost your career.

Being a supervisor

Whether you are new to supervision or an experienced supervisor, we're here to provide all the essential information, training, support, and guidance you need to supervise effectively.

Higher qualifications

The College's higher qualifications enable optometrists to offer enhanced services, take on more responsibility, and progress in their careers. Successful candidates can use the appropriate affixes.

Independent prescribing

A qualification in Therapeutics will enable you to develop your professional skills, expand the services offered within your practice and support your career progression.


A Minor Eye Conditions Services (MECS) qualification enables you to manage your patients within a community setting. It's also the first step on the higher qualification ladder.