Australian College of Optometry Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics (ACO-COT)


Applications for 2020 Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics are open. To download course information booklet and form, please click APPLY NOW button.
Any further enquiries, please contact Shazia Tahseen on 9349 7546

Under the guidance of an outstanding team, the ACO is pleased to offer a therapeutics course accredited by the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ) and approved by the Optometry Board of Australia (OBA).

Successful completion of the ACO Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics (ACO-COT) will enable scheduled medicines endorsement for registered optometrists in Australia and New Zealand.

Read an interview with John Adam for an insight into his thoughts on the benefits of this online course and the flexibility with which one can manage the course together with work and family demands.


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 Features of the Certificate
  • Flexible delivery comprising online lectures 
  • Live, interactive webinars
  • Self paced independent learning
  • Cost effective and tax deductible
  • e-learning materials
  • High level of support provided by the ACO
  • Local clinical placements within Australia and/or New Zealand
  • Popular online discussion forums and networking opportunities
  • A range of topics including general principles of disease and ocular diseases and therapeutic management
  •  Presented by an expert team from universities and clinical practices across Australia and New Zealand 
  •  Points - 80 CPD (Australia) / 40CD (NZ) upon successful completion of the Certificate
  • Ideal for rural or remote optometrists and those

       balancing work and family commitments

  • Reading materials largely provided
  • Join the ACO as a member to access best rate plus ACO member benefits - free online lectures; free access to MIMS, AMH and more through eresouces ++


Course Commencement Date: Monday 13 April 2020 [There will only be one course in 2020]
Testimonial - Ms Jackie Prentice

I am definitely more enthusiastic about optometry now.  I am now better equipped with all the knowledge that I have gained from doing the ACO therapeutics course. 

I would like to thank everyone at the ACO and to all those involved with making this course possible.  I have found the experience to be extremely rewarding.  It is the best thing I have ever done to reignite my passion for optometry again.”      

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 Course Information Booklet and Application Form

For general information on the study schedule, course outline, enrolment requirements and an application form please download the Course Information Booklet and Application Form.

If you wish to join the ACO at the time of submitting your ACO COT application please complete the 2019 ACO Membership form.

Fee Schedule 2020 - all prices are in AU$
Course Fees (Includes GST) ACO Member (AU)
ACO Member (NZ)
Non member (AU) Non member (NZ)
Earlybird (Before 14 December 2019) $9,201 $8,360 $9,723 $8,830
Paid in full: total fee paid at enrolment $9,526 $8,660 $9,999 $9,090


If you're not ready to apply yet, have questions or would like to receive further
information/record your interest in future courses, please express your interest here. 

Contact Information

For further enquiries please contact the Education Division Tel: (03) 9349 7477 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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