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Potential registrants

Welcome to the potential registrants’ homepage.

This section contains information that is relevant to people who are may have to register with us in the future. You might be considering training to become an optometrist or dispensing optician. Or perhaps you are an optical professional with overseas qualifications who would like to practise in the UK.

You can also explore the About us, Our work and News/publications and events areas.

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What is an optometrist / dispensing optician?

Find out more about the optical professions

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A career in optics 

Information for those considering a career as an optometrist or dispensing optician

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What to study and where 

Details of GOC-accredited courses that lead to qualifying as an optometrist or dispensing optician

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Applying for registration 

How to apply to register in the UK as an optometrist or dispensing optician

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Making declarations 

Guidance on what you need to declare when applying for registration


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