The Australasian College of Optical Dispensing (ACOD) is currently accepting enrolments for the HLT47815 Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing in 2019.
The College’s fully accredited training program is offered online and includes practical workshops.
The College’s fully accredited training program is offered online and includes practical workshops
The Certificate IV Optical Dispensing is the highest-level dispensing qualification in Australia. This ﬂexible course comprises 14 units and the qualification reﬂects the role of optical dispensers who dispense and supply optical appliances as prescribed by optometrists and/or ophthalmologists in accordance with Australian Standards.
In 2018, 80 optical dispensers from Australia and New Zealand successfully completed the course.
Acquiring a Deeper Understanding of Dispensing
At a recent graduation ceremony for dispensing opticians in New Zealand, Samantha Ballantyne of Hamilton, who ranked first in the course and received the inaugural David Wilson Memorial Award, said the course gave her a deeper understanding of dispensing.
Ms. Ballantyne first started studying dispensing 15 years ago but had not completed the course.
“I had started studying with OTEN around 15 years ago and with moving cities, changing jobs then having children…..life just got in the way,” she said.
“Being qualified still carries a huge amount of weight within in NZ, so after 20 years in the industry I wanted to be recognised as a dispensing optician and finally have those letters after my name!
“On a professional level, completing the course really gives a deeper understanding of dispensing and why it’s so important to be accurate, as well as the implications of ‘lazy’ dispensing,” she said.
Ms. Ballantyne added, “James & Chedy at ACOD are amazing at explaining quite complicated concepts and applying them to more practical ‘workplace relevant’ situations.”
To enrol in the HLT47815 Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing 2019 with ACOD, candidates must be currently employed in an optical practice and have the support of a workplace supervisor which will enable learners to complete the compulsory 100 hour logbook and other workplace tasks. Find out more about ACOD enrolment here.