Information for pre registration optometrists who have recently qualified

About the grade

The Newly-Qualified membership grade provides all the same benefits and insurance cover as our Full UK grade, but at a significant discount for recently-qualified optometrists. Newly-qualified optometrists are eligible for this grade for the remainder of the year that they qualified and the subsequent year. Following this period, the Full UK fee will apply.

Why join or upgrade your student membership

On qualifying, the insurance cover provided as part of the AOP’s free student membership is no longer valid. The GOC requires you to have adequate insurance cover in place to practise in the UK, and upgrading your membership to the Newly-Qualified grade will meet this requirement. This also means you can continue to benefit from legal support on any employment or GOC matters provided as part of your membership. 

For recently-qualified optometrists joining the AOP for the first time, our Newly-Qualified grade provides access to the unrivalled benefits of AOP membership including insurance cover, all at a reduced fee. 

How to join the AOP or upgrade to the Newly-Qualified grade

Our Newly-Qualified membership fee for the 2022 membership year is £432.00.  

The fee that you pay will be pro-rated based on the start date of your membership. For example, if you join on 1 April, you will pay £324.00 for your 2022 membership. Our membership runs from the start date selected to 31 December, and a renewal notice for the following year’s membership is sent by post in November. 

Existing AOP student members 

To upgrade a current pre-reg or student membership, email the membership team at [email protected]. Payment can be made by credit or debit card by calling the membership team. To set up a direct debit, please complete a direct debit mandate and email it to [email protected]

Upgrading from a lapsed student membership

Please log onto the website using the email address provided during the AOP registration process. If you have forgotten your password, please use the forgotten password link to request a new one. Once logged on, use the online joining process to upgrade your membership. Membership confirmation will be sent by email. 

New to the AOP 

Please complete the joining process online. The payment options include credit or debit card payments, or direct debit instructions can be collected. Membership confirmation will be sent by email. 

We look forward to welcoming you to AOP membership.