C4375 - Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing

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Plan: C4375 - 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: HLT47815
Nominal hours: 684
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/
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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/HLT47815 Accessed 06/12/2015)

Objectives are reached through regular participation in practical classes, lectures, online classes, clinical practice, work integrated learning and practice study groups.

Graduates are encouraged to play an active role in industry and support is provided to assist applicants in gaining employment.  Membership of the RMIT Alumni community is encouraged to facilitate contacts within industry.


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Articulation and pathways

Articulation agreements between RMIT University programs enable you upon graduating from an RMIT University qualification to apply for advanced standing in a higher level qualification. The statement below provides you with information about articulation agreements with this program.

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program.

Please check with admissions officer of your program of choice.

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Entrance requirements

Applicants in the following groups who have not completed the stated VCE prerequisite may satisfy this requirement by demonstrating, to the satisfaction of RMIT, that they have achieved an equivalent level of skills and knowledge:

Applicants whose highest qualification is Year 12 but who completed year 12 more than two years before the date of application to RMIT.
Applicants who have completed additional qualifications following year 12;
Applicants who have completed overseas year 12; and
Applicants who have completed non-standard year 12.

An equivalent level of skills and knowledge may be demonstrated through tertiary study, test results, overseas year 12 study and/or work experience.

The onus is on applicants to demonstrate that they satisfy prerequisites.

Student must be employed as an optical dispenser  with an appropriate industry employer. Students may be registered as trainees under a Training Agreement if they are eligible. Employers should use their normal recruitment and selection processes to select their employees or trainees.

In addition to this general requirement, it is recommended that students entering the traineeship, be able to demonstrate literacy and numeracy skills equivalent to successful completion of Year 11 VCE English (Units 1 and 2) and Year 11 VCE Mathematics (Units 1 and 2). Applicants without this background may be directed to bridging or supplementary programs that already exist in RMIT to acquire the necessary competencies in English and Mathematics.

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External accreditation and industry links

The School of Vocational Engineering, Health and Sciences has significant links with the massage industry through its Program Advisory Committees as well as through Work Integrated Learning (WIL) where students participate in clinical placements with some of our industry partners. This helps to ensure that the program remains relevant to you and the needs of employers.
Many of the teaching staff within the program are or have been practicing industry professionals with extensive industry experience and contact networks. This experience, when integrated into teaching and learning practice, enriches your learning environment.

Successful graduates from this program can gain employment in the optical industry, be in independent private practice or use this qualification as a pathway into the optical industry.

The Certificate IV in Optical dispensing is recognised by the Australian Dispensing Opticians Association, ADOA (Vic) Inc. and is the body representing dispensing opticians in the state of Victoria, Commonwealth of Australia. Any person who is undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship in optical dispensing may join ADOA (Vic) Inc.

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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.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

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 or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT 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 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 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

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