WCSM Qualifications

Please click here to see the announcement about WCSM qualifications made on 30 March 2019.

WCSM Qualifications

The WCSM has had a long history of supporting training, from the first days of its incorporation when Masters engaged, supervised and qualified apprentices.  Throughout the last four centuries, the ways of training new entrants to optical professions have evolved and expanded.  We expect even more change as vision technologies and techniques reach high street practices and we look forward to advances which will help professionals and patients alike.  We encourage all who work in the optical field to undertake specialist training and continue their own professional development throughout their career.   

Successful candidates in 2018/2019 will be presented with their WCSM diplomas and certificates at the Company's annual ceremony at Apothecaries' Hall in London on Thursday 17 October 2019.  Click in the box for more details.

Presentation CEREMONY

Whilst the last full sitting of WCSM examinations will take place in December 2019, at least 3 resit opportunities will be provided up to 31 March 2021 and we strongly encourage all currently registered candidates to make every effort to complete their nationally accredited qualification.

Registration and administration services for WCSM examinations are provided by the ABDO examinations team.  For exam application forms, dates, prices and requests for reasonable adjustment or special consideration, please go to the WCSM examinations section of the ABDO website at https://www.abdo.org.uk/examinations/wcsm/. You will also find past questions there to help you prepare.  You are advised to register for the exam only when you feel ready.

As an Ofqual-accredited awarding organisation, WCSM cannot provide training leading to its own examinations.  We have not been directly involved in training for some years.  A number of other organisations do offer training courses. It is up to you to decide which might suit you best.  No training courses are accredited by Ofqual.  Ofqual accreditation only applies to qualifications from awarding organisations which meet strict regulatory and reporting requirements.

Candidates can also prepare for examinations through independent study,  by careful reference to the assessment criteria and learning outcomes specified in the Handbook for each Qualification. Links to the relevant Handbook appear on each separate qualification page.  Trying to cram information from a book or website at the last minute is unlikely to be enough.  The most successful candidates will be asking questions and gaining knowledge at work and building their skills to understand why something is one, as well as how it works in practice.