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Optometrists in the UK, Isle of Man and Channel Islands  

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MEMBERSHIP GRADE

PAY ANNUALLY*

PAY ANNUAL FEE MONTHLY

 

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Full members 
(working over 50 days year in optometry and involved in any patient-facing work)

£314

£305

£25.42

Reduced rate members 
(working less than 50 days a year in optometry)

£176

£172

£14.33

Reduced rate members
(wholly non-patient facing optometrists eg researchers/academics)

£176

£172

£14.33

Newly qualified practising optometrists: 

Qualified July 2023 onwards

Qualified July 2022 - June 2023

Qualified July 2021 - June 2022

Qualified July 2020 - June 2021

 

£32

£79

£157

£236

 

£30

£76

£153

£229

 

£2.50

£6.33

£12.75

£19.08

Retired optometrists and optometrists on a career break 
(including maternity/paternity leave) 

£42

£41

£3.42

Optometry students

No fee

No fee

No fee

Pre-registration trainees

No fee

No fee

No fee

Practising optometrists registered for 50 years or more, and in continuous membership of the College for the last 10 years

No fee

No fee

No fee

Associate members
(UK-registered dispensing opticians, ophthalmologists, ophthalmic nurses or orthoptists)

£130

£126

£10.50

*Full year fees are quoted above. If a member joins part way through the year, pro-rata fees will apply.

Optometrists outside the UK, Isle of Man and Channel Islands 

Overseas members must be: 

  • registered with the GOC (UK), or the appropriate regulatory authority for optometry that they are practising in
  • resident or practising overseas with an overseas address as their main address.

New members must provide proof their current registration from the relevant authority and that they are currently practising as an optometrist from their employer.  

MEMBERSHIP GRADE

PAY ANNUALLY*

Full members 
(working over 50 days year in optometry and involved in any patient-facing work)

£176

Reduced rate members 
(working less than 50 days a year in optometry)

£100

Reduced rate members
(wholly non-patient facing optometrists e.g. researchers/academics)

£100

Newly qualified practising optometrists (qualifying in the UK):

Qualified July 2023 onwards

Qualified July 2022 - June 2023

Qualified July 2021 - June 2022

Qualified July 2020 - June 2021

 

£18

£44

£88

£132

Retired optometrists and optometrists on a career break 
(existing College members only)

£42

Practising optometrists registered for 50 years or more

No fee

*Full year fees are quoted above. If a member joins part way through the year, pro-rata fees will apply.

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The College of Optometrists is an HMRC approved professional body. If you are a UK taxpayer, and you self-fund your membership, you can claim back the tax on your fee.