Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board

How to register as a dispensing optician

To practise as a dispensing optician in New Zealand, you must be registered with the Board AND hold a current practising certificate.  You are welcome to apply for your practising certificate at the same time that you apply for registration.  The Board will not process your practising certificate fee until you have been registered.

If you hold a qualification that has been prescribed by the Board for registration within the dispensing optician scope of practice, you are eligible to apply for registration within that scope of practice. 

Click here to view a copy of the Board's scopes of practice and prescribed qualifications, as published in the New Zealand Gazette, effective from 15 December 2017.

Click here to view the associated Registration Pathways document referred to in the New Zealand Gazette.

Application form:

Click here if you hold a prescribed qualification.  Please ensure you attach all requested documentation.  Incomplete applications will be returned.

New dispensing optician graduates must also provide a record of training book showing evidence of the completion of a minimum of 800 hours of optical dispensing practice over a period of no more than 2 years. RMIT students Click here to view a copy of your training book template. OTEN students click here to view a copy of your training book template. ACOD students, your log book will be available very soon.

If you hold a qualification that may have been superceded by a qualification currently accepted for registration and listed in the New Zealand Gazette, please contact the Board for further advice on whether your qualification can be accepted for registration in New Zealand.

Applicants who do not hold a prescribed qualification

If you wish to register in New Zealand as a dispensing optician but do not hold a prescribed qualification, you can apply to have your eligibility to sit the theory and practical examinations facilitated by OptiBlocks New Zealand assessed under section 15(2) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act.  The fee for the assessment is $960.  Registration application fees are additional.

Click here for the Board's policy on exam eligibility, and the application form.

 Restoring your name to the Register

Click here to apply to have your name restored to the Register of Dispensing Opticians if you have previously been registered with the Board, but your registration was cancelled under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act. 

If you were removed from the Register prior to 18 September 2004, you must submit a brand new application for registration.

Contact Us

Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board

Level 5, 22 Willeston Street,
Wellington 6011
PO Box 9644, Wellington 6141
Tel: +64 4 474 0705, Fax +64 4 474 0709

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