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Fully qualified applicants

Anyone who has completed the relevant education and training in the UK and wishes to be an optometrist or dispensing optician must be registered with the GOC. It is illegal to practice whilst not registered. 

Practitioners on the fully qualified register have successfully completed GOC-approved qualifications in optometry or dispensing optics or their equivalent (see non-UK applicants). They have provided evidence of meeting the required standards of education, performance and conduct, and are fit to practise in the UK.

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 GOC Registration Identification Form                 
  3. Submit your completed identification form by email to registration@optical.org 
    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 GOC 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, to pay the registration fee. You don’t need a PayPal account. Using this service helps us complete your registration faster.
  • We will process your application within ten working days of receipt of the application and ID forms plus payment.
  • PLEASE NOTE: high demand between August and October means processing times may be extended.
  • We receive confirmation from your final education provider of your eligibility to register.   
  • If you do not pay your registration fee within five 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 new GOC number. 
  • Access to your MyGOC account. This area of the website will allow you to update your details, download a receipt, set up a direct debit and complete annual renewal of registration. 
  • The registration year runs from 1 April to 31 March. Your annual renewal fee is due by 15 March each year. 
  • You will receive the GOC newsletters and e-bulletin. It is important that you keep an up to date email address with us as we send the majority of our important notifications by email, including about annual retention. 

What happens if I don't register?

  • You will be breaking the law and may be prosecuted if you hold yourself out as a dispensing optician or optometrist and/or carry out any restricted activities
  • You may not be covered by any professional indemnity insurance. 

 

Application to join the fully qualified register

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  3. Section 1 - Individual contact details
  4. Your full name, gender, home town, and practice address (if provided) will appear on the public register and may be available to third parties.
  5. 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.
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  7. Email address
  8. Confirmation of registration will be sent to this email address.
  9. Your email address will also provide you with access to the MyGOC and MyCET registrant portal area.
  10. Notifications relating to annual renewal are primarily sent by email.
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  15. If you have further practice addresses to provide please email the registration team. All practice addresses must be listed.
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  17. Section 2 - Optical qualifications
  18. Please answer the following questions to demonstrate your pathway to registration.
  19. If you gained a Bachelor degree from one institution and then completed practical training with another institution you need to answer both sections.
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  22. Only complete the following if you had to go to more than one institution to complete your pathway to registration.
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  24. Section 3 - Insurance
  25. You must be covered by adequate and appropriate indemnity insurance at any time you are practising as an optometrist or a dispensing optician.
  26. You must not practise outside the terms of your indemnity cover without ensuring alternative cover arrangements are in place.
  27. You must inform the registration team of any changes to your insurance arrangements.
  28. I am covered by the following professional insurance policy/policies:
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  30. Section 4 - Fitness to practice declarations
  31. You must provide details of any criminal, disciplinary, or mental and/or physical health conditions that may currently affect your fitness to practice.
  32. We provide further guidance on 'Making Declarations' hereThis link will open a new tab, you will not lose progress made on this application form. 

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  34. 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. 

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  36. Failure to provide full details will delay your application.
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  38. Section 5 - Declaration of information
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