Course Title: Dispense optical appliances

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: VE 2018

Class Number: All

Class Section: All

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Course Code: OPSC5061C

Course Title: Dispense optical appliances

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4375 - Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing

Course Contact: Jade Cusworth

Course Contact Phone: 03 9925 8382

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Ralph Richter:

Timothy Haigh:

Leigh Robinson:

Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to determine client optical needs from prescriptions, and provide detailed technical advice on appliances.
This unit applies to optical dispensers who work according to prescriptions provided by optometrists or ophthalmologists.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTOPD002 Dispense optical appliances


1. Confirm appliance selection

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Check appliance selection against prescription details or customer record

1.2 Confirm selection with client

1.3 Gain consent from client for fitting where applicable


2. Fit optical appliances

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Organise required fitting equipment and materials

2.2 Correctly interpret technical aspects of customer requirements from records

2.3 Follow standard fitting procedures and take account of special client needs

2.4 Adjust frames to client to optimise visual performance

2.5 Ensure optical appliances meet hygiene standards

2.6 Give the client the opportunity to voice concerns in relation to optical appliance and make appropriate response


3. Instruct client on wear and care

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Provide client with details about how to wear the appliance

3.2 Offer information about appliance care routines


4. Finalise dispensing process

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Complete financial transactions in accordance with relevant policies and procedures

4.2 Follow correct procedures for client rebates

4.3 Complete and store records in accordance with relevant policies, procedures and confidentiality requirements

4.4 Offer follow up services in accordance with organisation procedures

Learning Outcomes

See elements above

Details of Learning Activities

Classroom teacher delivery

Group work

Self directed learning

Practical skills workshop sessions

Teaching Schedule


OP Trainee Groups

The program is delivered in five (5) block sessions as follows,

          Session 1: 5 days

          Session 2: 5 days

          Session 3: 5 days

          Session 4: 5 days

          Session 5: 5 days


Specsavers Groups

The program is delivered in five (5) block sessions as follows,

          6 month group                    12 month group

          Session 1: 2 days               Session 1: 2 days

          Session 2: 3 days               Session 2: 4 days

          Session 3: 4 days               Session 3: 3 days

          Session 4: 3 days               Session 4: 3 days

          Session 5: 4 days               Session 5: 4 days


Dates for the teaching sessions will vary for the individual Trainee Program groups. These dates will be posted in Canvas.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources


  • System for Ophthalmic Dispensing by C Brooks & I Borish
    (Online resource available through CANVAS)
  • PowerPoint Summary
  • Additional learning materials available through CANVAS
  • RMIT Library (


Students should also make note of the Student Services and Study and Learning Centre that are available to all enrolled students (


Overview of Assessment

You must demonstrate Performance and Knowledge Evidence of the unit in order to be deemed competent. 
Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.
You may be assessed by: 
• Oral or written questioning 
• Oral presentations
• Assignments and projects 
• Direct observation of actual work practice 
• Presentation of a portfolio of evidence which may comprise documents, and/or photographs and/or video and/or audio files 
• Work-based activities 
• Third-party feedback from a work supervisor/employer
Primary assessment involves on-going practical and applied assessment in a clinical workplace or simulated environment such as a supervised student clinic or at a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) placement activity.

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Assessment Tasks

Written Tasks: these will be in the form of -

1. Dispensing Online assessments:

1.1 Spherical and Astigmatic lenses

1.2 Lens design and thickness

1.3 Prism

1.4 Contact lenses

1.5 Multifocal and progressive lenses

1.6 Visual physiology

1.7  Light

1.8 Legal and ethical requirements.

2. Dispensing Case studies.
3. Dispensing assignment.

4. Evidence log: a collection of evidence activities to prove competence, knowledge and skill in a variety of elements and performance criteria across a range of units.

Please note that you will need to demonstrate competency in all assessment tasks in order to achieve competency for this unit.

Due Dates

The due dates for assessments will vary for the individual  Program groups. These dates will be posted in Canvas.

Assessment Matrix



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