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This program is delivered in both traineeship and non-traineeship modes.
Gain the practical knowledge and skills to develop your career in optical dispensing.
Optical dispensers work closely with optometrists, ophthalmologists and other healthcare professionals to provide solutions for eye care and eyewear needs.
They interpret ophthalmic prescriptions to provide patients with advice on spectacle frames, lens selection, contact lenses, sunglasses and safety eyewear.
Optical dispensers have a detailed understanding of spectacle frames and lenses, including their performance characteristics and effects on vision.
They are also trained to perform spectacle repairs and fitting of lenses into frames as part of a unique fashion, health and technology-based industry.
The optical dispensing program is also available as a traineeship. If taking this program in traineeship mode, you need to be employed as an optical dispenser during the program. You’ll combine on-the-job learning with classroom studies.
You will attend three days per week.
You will attend five workshops over the course of 18 months. Each workshop runs for five days.
You will be learning through a combination of on the job learning, face-to-face delivery, online study and workplace visits.
The program is divided into five clusters to allow for progress and skill development over time. Each cluster develops your knowledge through theory, hands-on activities, group discussions, industry visits and learning exercises such as researching key terms associated with your role as an optical dispenser.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work.
You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects and practical assignments.
Optical dispensers have career opportunities such as:
- working in independent practices
- working in retail chain stores
- progressing into management/marketing/training
- business ownership
- franchise partnerships
- working overseas while travelling.
Optical dispensers also work with major product manufacturers and/or wholesalers as company representatives.
Professional recognition and accreditation
Graduates of this program are eligible for membership of the Australian Dispensing Opticians Association (ADOA).
Program and course information
Focus on your career
Develop your career in this growing field. You'll be part of the eye care team that help people care for their eyes, and provide advice for selecting and fitting eyewear.