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Australian Course

HLT47815 – Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing (Australia)

This qualification reflects the role of optical dispensers who dispense and supply optical appliances as prescribed by optometrists and/or ophthalmologists in accordance with the 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. This is the highest level qualification for optical dispensing in Australia.

What you need to know

Course Delivery

This flexible course is delivered via online delivery, and via practical workshops in Sydney (North Sydney or Chatswood), Perth (Perth or Subiaco), Canberra (Forrest), Brisbane (Brisbane city or Hamilton), Melbourne (Melbourne city or Port Melbourne), Adelaide (Tonsley or Goodwood) and Hobart.

The course is available and opens for enrolment throughout the year. Participants will be placed in the below suggested cohorts based on their enrolment date.

Cohort 1: enrolment between July and January
Cohort 2: enrolment between February and June

Practical workshops

Each participant is required to attend 4 separate practical workshops of 3 days each, throughout their course, timetabled based on their cohort. The workshop dates and locations are set to ensure the participants are able to fully develop the required skills and knowledge prior to being assessed. ACOD allows students to transfer into different cohorts to suit their individual needs.​


Course duration is flexible and can be structured for 12 to 18 month programs part-time.
Learners may complete the program earlier than these timelines through achievement of recognition of prior learning (RPL) or credit transfer.


There will be a variety of assessment tools used to assess learners, which include:

  • online quizzes and written assessments

  • observation and demonstration

  • verbal / written tests

  • workplace logbook

  • project / case study

Students are given a detailed timetable that matches their program.

Admission Requirements

The candidate must:

  • have access to at least 100 hours of work experience in a retail optical dispensary in Australia

  • have the support of workplace supervisors

  • have the appropriate technology and skills for online delivery

  • complete the LLN assessment at a ACSF (Australian Core Skills Framework) level 3

  • provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI)

  • be over 15 years old and not school based

The course comprises 14 units.

Below is the list of units being offered by ACOD, as defined by the training package.

Deliver and monitor a service to customers (release 1)
Lead effective workplace relationships (release 1) (selected elective)
Lead team effectiveness (release 1) (selected elective)
Communicate and work in health or community services (release 2)
Work with diverse people (release 1)
Provide advice on optical appliances (release 1)
Dispense optical appliances (release 1)
Dispense atypical prescriptions (release 1)
Process and manage optical appliance orders (release 1)
Participate in workplace health and safety (release 3)
Analyse and achieve sales targets (release 1) (selected elective)
Control inventory (release 2) (selected elective)
Coordinate merchandise presentation (release 1) (selected elective)
Sell products and services (release 1)

Support Services


If the LLN identifies any individual need, resource requirements and the unit delivery can be adjusted to support the learner. ACOD monitors the progress of all learners and their readiness for assessment as they progress through their course.

If during or after enrolment, the course in which the student enrols is updated in line with the National Register, ACOD will inform and transition the student into the most current to ensure the most up to date qualification is received.

Fee Information

Non-subsidised course fee is $6500. The course fee may be reduced depending on potential government subsidies.

Fees are payable in instalments. Instalments will be 5 equal payments up to $1300 payable every 6 weeks post enrolment. Alternate payment plans can be negotiated.

ACT Subsidies

Eligible students under Australian Apprenticeships (User Choice), an ACT Government training initiative pay only $2500. Students may also be eligible to receive the completion payment of $300 after successful completion of the qualification under the User Choice Program.

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NSW Subsidies

Eligible students under Smart and Skilled NSW  pay up to a maximum course fee of $2320. New entrant traineeship are fully subsidised under Smart and Skilled NSW.

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SA Subsidies

Eligible students under traineeships Skills SA pay up to a maximum course fee of $2500.

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TAS Subsidies

Eligible students under Apprentice and Trainee Training Fund (User Choice) pay only $1000.

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VIC Subsidies

Eligible students under traineeships Skills First pay up to a maximum course fee of $2950.

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WA Subsidies

New entrant trainees under Jobs & Skills WA pay up to a maximum course fee of $2490.

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