Membership FAQs

Frequently asked questions about AOP membership

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Below you'll find answers to some common membership enquiries.

I am about to renew my membership. How do I know if I am on the right membership grade?

As part of our annual renewals process, we encourage members to check that they are on the correct membership grade by reviewing our membership grades.

If you're not sure what grade you're on, you can log into MyAOP to check your membership details.

I have just renewed my membership of the AOP. When will I receive my new membership card?

As part of a range of eco-friendly initiatives, we plan to move away from providing annually updated membership cards. From 2020, members will receive a card on first joining and replacement cards will be available on request. However, we will no longer provide a new membership card annually as part of the renewal process.

I work as a locum. How do I obtain a locum logbook?

New UK locum members will be sent a free copy of the logbook shortly after they join the AOP, assuming they are working as a locum in the UK and their membership record has at least one of the following options selected:


  • Full-time locum
  • Part-time locum


  • Full-time locum
  • Part-time locum

You can obtain additional copies of the locum logbook by emailing [email protected].  There is a cost of £10, including VAT and P&P, per logbook.

Find out more about the locum logbook.

I am planning to start a family. How does this affect my membership?

If you are planning to start a family you may be eligible for our Parental leave membership, which is available for existing AOP members. The Parental leave grade is a fee-free grade for parents taking maternity, paternity or adoption leave and can be used for a maximum of 12 months.

I have had a ten-year career break from optometry. How do I rejoin the profession?

Visit our returning to work page to find out about some of the things you need to consider before returning to work, including advice on how to be restored to the GOC register, and how to be restored to the Ophthalmic Performers List. 

You may also like to read about some of our members' experiences of returning to work:


I am planning to retire this year. Is there a membership grade for retired members?

If you are planning to retire this year, don't forget to let us know. If you are retiring from all employment you may be eligible for our Newly-retired membership grade.

The GOC has requested a copy of a patient's record. What should I do?

Under the Opticians Act 1989 the GOC may require you to supply information or produce a document that’s relevant to their work. The GOC will normally obtain the patient's consent and send this with their request. They’re also likely to ask for the original records, so make a copy before you send them.

Find out more about when and why you can share patient records on our Patient confidentiality page.