C4318 - Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing

Go to Enrolment Program Structures Search

Plan: C4318F - Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing
Qualification national code: HLT43512
Nominal hours: 705
Career: TAFE
Duration: 18 months to 2 years
Location: Onshore
Owning school: Vocational Engineering, Health and Sciences (174T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-education/academic-schools/vocational-engineering-health-and-sciences/
CRICOS code:

*Top of page

Purpose of the Program

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required by optical dispensers, to dispense and supply optical appliances as prescribed by optometrists and/or ophthalmologists in accordance with Australian Standards.

The units of competency included in this qualification contribute to the gaining of an optical dispenser’s licence where this is required. 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.

(Source: Training.gov.au website http://training.gov.au/Training/Details/HLT43512 Accessed 19/09/2013)

*Top of page

Articulation and pathways

You may be eligible for credit into other RMIT University programs for successfully completing this program upon application to other RMIT University programs. Please check with admissions officer of your program of choice.

*Top of page

Entrance requirements

There are no entry requirement into the fulltime programs.

A minimum Year 10 level maths is strongly advised.

Year 12 applicants apply through VTAC. Mature age applicants through

RMIT Apply Direct.


Working with Children Check: You must hold a Working with

Children Check before undertaking placement components of this program.

Failure to obtain satisfactory checks may result in you being

unable to complete this program.


*Top of page

External accreditation and industry links

The Optical Programs have a Program Advisory Committee (PAC) that consists of a consortium of industry employers, experts, consultants, wholesalers from the optical industry. The PAC usually meets twice a year to discuss industry trends and to review RMIT University's delivery and assessment of the optical program. As the industry is regularly changing we rely heavily on industry providing input into how we can improve the quality of our graduates and to create a sustainable pathway for the optical industry. 

*Top of page

Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

*Top of page

Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library.


Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at: myRMIT www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit.


Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

You can find more information at: www.rmit.edu.au/students.

*Top of page
[Next: Learning outcomes]