Course Start Date
01 Jul 2020
21 Hours per week
- Nationally Recognised Training
- Traineeship Allowed
- This training is subsidised by the NSW Government
The nationally accredited Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing will see you training with industry professionals using the latest in optical technology. Learn skills to work as part of an eye care team, find the right eyewear solutions for your customers and support your optometrist and ophthalmologist colleagues.
LEARN NEW SKILLS
Through work placement and theory, you will learn how to:
- Provide advice on frames, lens selection, contact lenses, sunglasses and safety eyewear
- Dispense optical appliances and atypical prescriptions
- Process and manage optical appliance orders
- Deliver great customer service selling products and services
- Contribute to workplace health and safety
- Work with diverse coworkers and customers
DEVELOP YOUR TALENT
Develop the personal qualities and interpersonal skills needed in this sector:
- Great communication
- Caring and empathetic nature
ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS
Success in this course will provide you with:
- A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate IV level
- Optical dispenser
GROW YOUR CAREER
Take your career further with the skills to move into management or consulting or start your own business:
- Diploma of Business
- Bachelor of Business with TAFE NSW Degrees
The Health Care industry workforce is expected to grow significantly over the next five years, with forecasts indicating it will reach 1.9 million workers in 2023. The industry stands to benefit from Australia's ageing population, a greater awareness of the need for early prevention and management to maintain eye health.
There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.
This is an online course. You will need to complete approximately 10 hours of online study, over a week, for your enrolment duration of 18 months.
You can increase the hours of online study per week to complete the course sooner.
As well as the online component, there is a requirement to do (equivalent of) one hour of face to face or other study per week. Students are required to attend only three (3), one full week blocked, face to face practical sessions, in a simulated environment that is reflective of industry standards and activities, organised at TAFE's Nepean Campus.
You can also expect to complete approximately 9 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including independent study, research, practice and assignments, including 100 hours of work placement.
IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?
This course offering is designed for people who:
- are new entrants in the industry or,
- want to upskill/ career change or,
- are planning to return to the workplace
- this 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. Optical dispensers practice in a range of environments including optical dispensaries, optometric practices and laboratories. They may be self-employed or employed by another optical dispenser, an optometrist, a major optical dispensing company or other retailers.
Through work, study and life experince ideally you will have:
- intermediate digital skills,
- good time management and organisational skills, to take responsibility for following the timetable and managing the study schedule.
SERVICES AND STUDY SUPPORT
We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services
As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:
- LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com)
- Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
- Easy computing online short courses
- Access to local TAFE libraries
- Accessibility and Disability Support Services
- Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home
An individual training plan will be provided when you enrol in this course. Your plan will outline the recommended study timetable and detail your units and assessments. Practical sessions are held at TAFE NSW Kingswood campus.
SMART AND SKILLED FEES
This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.
Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.
For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?
This training is subsidised by the NSW government under Smart and Skilled. The student fee you will need to pay, will be determined according to your personal circumstances and eligibility for a subsidised place, you may also be eligible for a concession fee, fee exemption or fee free scholarship. Payment by instalments is available.
You may continue with an enrolment into this course if you are not eligible for subsidised training, however the full training fee will be applicable. There are conditions to enrolment if you are a Temporary Visa Holder. To discuss your visa status and eligibility to enrol please phone 131 241. For further information on fees and charges please see https://www.tafensw.edu.au/get-started-at-tafe-nsw/fees-information
Please ensure you also read and understand the associated fee policies and conditions related to withdrawal from a course, applying for a refund of fees, applying for a deferral to your studies and if you are behind in payment of instalments.
READ BEFORE YOU ENROL
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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.
Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition
Enrolling with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. Enrol and pay online via our secure payment gateway to secure your place. As you progress through the enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.
For further information or assistance, call 131 241.
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|BSBCUS301||Deliver and monitor a service to customers|
|CHCCOM005||Communicate and work in health or community services|
|HLTWHS001||Participate in workplace health and safety|
|SIRXSLS201||Sell products and services|
|HLTOPD001-GRADED||Provide advice on optical appliances|
|HLTOPD005-GRADED||Process and manage optical appliance orders|
|HLTOPD003-GRADED||Dispense atypical prescriptions|
|HLTOPD002-GRADED||Dispense optical appliances|
|BSBWOR404||Develop work priorities|
|BSBFLM312||Contribute to team effectiveness|
|BSBADM311||Maintain business resources|
|BSBSMB403||Market the small business|
|HLTOPD004-GRADED||Edge and fit ophthalmic appliances|
|BSBLDR403||Lead team effectiveness|
Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.
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