Application Process for the Refraction Certificate Examination


IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have previously registered or sat our exams, please log in and register via the ihub booking link: https://ihub.rcophth.ac.uk/RCO/Home/RCO/

If you are a new applicant, please read the instructions carefully, if we receive the incorrect documents, it will delay your application and could result in missing the deadline for applications.

This is a 2-step application form:

Step 1: You will need to complete the online application form.

Step 2: If your application is approved, you will receive a payment link after 24 hours via email which requires payment on the same day.


Please note it is recommended that candidates who do not have a fully registered GMC/IMC number should apply (at least 3 weeks) before the deadline to ensure their documents are approved, any later than this jeopardises the chance of your application being approved before the deadline. We DO NOT accept transcripts or any other documents.

Candidate Application Process Steps:

GMC/IMC numbers:

If have a General Medical Council (GMC) or Irish Medical Council (IMC) number, you do not need to submit your medical degree certificate. Please enter your GMC/IMC number in the application. Your GMC/IMC number must be Registered with a licence to practise on their register.
GMC/IMC reference numbers that are not fully registered will NOT be accepted and you will be required to submit your medical degree certificate.

Medical degree certificates:
We will only accept attestation from one of the below attesters.
All medical degree certificates (UK and International) MUST be attested by one of the following:

  - a current Fellow of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  - the university issuing the certificate (Dean or Student Registry ONLY)
  - a solicitor/advocate

One of the attesters above MUST sign and date in BLUE PEN and stamp the photocopy of your original certificate and attester letter. The attester must state the date that they have seen, signed and stamped your certificate and written the letter (this must be within the month you are completing the application).

You MUST also include a letter from the official person that has attested the document so that we can contact them independently for verification of the attestation.

Certificates not in English:
If your certificate is not in English you must get it translated.

Translation companies MUST sign and date in BLUE PEN and stamp the translated certificate to confirm it is genuine. Once it is translated, one of the attesters above MUST sign, stamp and date the following:
  - photocopy of your original certificate
  - translated copy of your original certificate
  - attester letter
in BLUE PEN. The attester must state the date that they have seen, signed and stamped your certificate and written the letter (this must be within the month you are completing the application).

You MUST also include a letter from the official person that has attested the document so that we can contact them independently for verification of the attestation.

January 2024 (Singapore) – Registration opens on 11/09/23 00:00 to 03/11/2023 17:00
February 2023 (Chennai, India) – Registration opens on 09/10/2023 00:00 to 08/12/2023 17:00
February 2023 (Islamabad, Pakistan) – Registration opens on 23/10/2023 00:00 to 22/12/2023 17:00