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By law, students on a GOC-approved training course in optometry or dispensing optics must be registered with the GOC. Students work with patients and the public throughout their course of study, any patient a student treats needs to be protected in case there is a problem.

The standards for optical students are available here it is important you read and understand them, they define the standards of behaviour and performance we expect of all registered student optometrists and student dispensing opticians.

How to register

What do I have to do? 

  1. Complete and submit the electronic form at the bottom of this page. We recommend using a desktop or laptop computer for this. You may experience problems if using a tablet or smartphone.
  2. Once you have submitted your electronic form you need to identify an appropriate person to verify your identity and complete this form:
      Acrobat Reader icon Student Identification Form  ID forms MUST BE SCANNED & EMAILED, as the office is closed and post may not be collected                         
  3. Submit your completed identification form by email to
    Your application will not be processed until you have submitted your electronic form below and your identification form. Please read the registration application guidance document, which will help you complete both forms and answers most commonly asked questions.
      Acrobat Reader icon Student Registration Application Guidance    

What happens next?

  • Once we have received your electronic form and identification form, we will send an invoice from PayPal to the email address we have on file, for you to pay the registration fee. You don't need a PayPal account. Using this service helps us complete your registration faster. If your educational establishment has collected your GOC registration fee you do not need to do anything further. 
  • Applications received between 1 August - 31 October will be processed by the end of October. Your educational establishment is aware of this timeframe. At any other time of year your application will be processed within ten working days of receipt of both forms. 
  • We receive confirmation of your enrolment from your educational establishment of your eligibility to register. 
  • If you do not pay your registration fee within seven days of receipt of the invoice we will cancel your application. 
  • If there are any mistakes in your application we may cancel it and request that you re-submit correctly. 

What do I get on successful application?

  • You will receive an email confirming your registration with the General Optical Council including your GOC number.
  • You can access your MyGOC account. This area of the website will allow you to update your details, download a receipt and complete annual retention.
  • The registration year runs from 1 September to 31 August. Your annual retention fee will be due by 15 July each year.
  • You will receive the GOC newsletters and e-bulletin, it is important to keep an up to date email address with us as we send the majority of our important notifications by email.

What happens if I don’t register?

  • You will be breaking the law.
  • You will not be able to sit your examinations.
  • We may not recognise your qualifications when you apply to join the full register. 
  • You may not be covered by any indemnity insurance policy.

Application to join the student register


  2. Section 1 - Individual contact details
  3. Your full name, gender, home town, and practice address (if provided) will appear on the public register and may be available to third parties.
  4. We need your full name, DOB, a physical address, contact email address and telephone number so that we can easily contact you about your registration.

  6. Email address
  7. Confirmation of registration will be sent to this email address.
  8. Your email address will also provide you with access to the MyGOC registrant portal area.
  9. Notifications relating to annual renewal are primarily sent by email.




  14. If you have further practice addresses to provide please email the registration team. All practice addresses must be listed.

  16. Section 2 - Educational establishment where you are undertaking optical training
  17. Please select from the drop down list the name of your educational establishment where you are enrolled to undertake optical training.


  20. Section 3 - Fitness to train declarations
  21. You must read the GOC Declarations Guidance and declare any matters that may affect your fitness to practice, train or carry on business
  22. We provide further guidance on 'Making Declarations' here.  This link will open a new tab, you will not lose progress made on this application form. 


  24. If you answered 'Yes' you must follow this link to provide full details of your declaration here. This link will open a new tab, you will not lose progress made on this application form.


  26. Failure to provide full details will delay your application.

  28. Section 4 - Declaration of information













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About registration

Read about the importance of checking an optician's registration