DurationFull-time 1 year, Part-time 1.5 years
Next intakeFebruary, July
Next intakeNot applicable
This program is delivered in both traineeship and non-traineeship modes.
Gain practical knowledge and skills to develop your career in optical dispensing.
You will work closely with optometrists, ophthalmologists and other healthcare professionals to provide solutions for eye care and eyewear needs.
You’ll interpret ophthalmic prescriptions to provide patients with advice on spectacle frames, lens selection, contact lenses, sunglasses and safety eyewear.
This course will help you develop a detailed understanding of spectacle frames and lenses, including their performance characteristics and effects on vision.
You will also be 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 course is also available as a traineeship. If you take this program in traineeship mode, you need to be employed as an optical dispenser. You’ll combine on-the-job learning with classroom studies.
You will be learning through a combination of on the job learning, face-to-face delivery, online study, and workplace visits.
The course 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.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.
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’ll learn how spectacles and contact lenses work to correct vision. You will also develop the skill to select the most appropriate optical appliances for your client.
You will develop skills to be able to deliver service to customers, sell products and services, and analyse and achieve sales targets.
You'll learn how to interpret, dispense and troubleshoot challenging prescriptions.
Edge and fit
You will develop the practical skill to cut and fit lenses into frames.
You’ll also learn how to:
- communicate and work in health or community services
- participate in workplace health and safety (WHS)
- work with diverse people
- develop work priorities
- communicate with children
- respond effectively to difficult or challenging behaviour.
Choose a program structure
|Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing||City Campus||
18 months to 2 years
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Program code: C4375
National curriculum code: HLT47815
Optical dispensers have career opportunities that include:
- working in independent practices
- working in retail chain stores
- management, marketing, or training
- business ownership
- franchise partnerships
- working overseas while travelling.
Optical dispensers also work with product manufacturers and wholesalers as company representatives.
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place. To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at How to check if you are eligible.
Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing - 1 year duration
- 2020 government subsidised place (with concession): AU$900* per annum
- 2020 government subsidised place: AU$4,500* per annum
- 2020 full-fee place: AU$12,500* per annum
Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing - traineeship 1.5 year duration
- 2020 government subsidised place (with concession): AU$600* per annum
- 2020 government subsidised place: AU$3,000* per annum
- 2020 full-fee place: AU$8,333* per annum
*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$308 maximum fee for 2020.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Eligibility criteria waver
**The Victorian Government is currently waiving two (2) eligibility criteria around prior qualifications. This means that more people who want to study a vocational education program at RMIT, and already have a qualification, will be able to access a government subsidised place in a program. Find out how to check your eligibility.
If your application for a fee concession is approved, you will be charged 20% of the standard government subsidised tuition fee for your program. You will also be charged a lower rate on your student services and amenities fee (SSAF).
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2020 is $308.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.