By law, students on a GOC-approved training course in optometry or dispensing optics must be registered with the GOC.
Registered students have a GOC registration number starting SO- (student optometrist) or SD- (student dispensing optician).
Studying for an optical qualification involves learning the core competencies that are necessary to practise safely and effectively. These competencies include technical, clinical and communication skills. To gain these skills and appropriate clinical experience, students work with patients and the public throughout their course of study. The patients they treat need to be protected in case there is a problem.
You can find out more information by downloading this booklet:
Student registration guidance booklet
What do I have to do?
What do I get?
What happens if I don’t register?
Find a registered individual practitioner or business.
Registrants can update their contact details, log CET points or complete their annual retention.
Read about the importance of checking an optician's registration
Download any of our registration forms, including restoration, specialty and student transfer.