Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing - HLT47815


Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00591E

This qualification reflects the role of optical dispensers who dispense and supply optical appliances as prescribed by optometrists and/or ophthalmologists in accordance with 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.To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 100 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency.No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.Note this qualifications supports industry accreditation as adispensing optician in New Zealand.


  • 14 units: 9 core
  • 5 elective


  • Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business
  • Communicate and work in health or community services
  • Lead team effectiveness
  • Provide advice on optical appliances
  • Participate in workplace health and safety
  • Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
  • Work with diverse people
  • Coordinate merchandise presentation
  • Develop work priorities
  • Edge and fit ophthalmic appliances
  • Market the small business
  • Undertake small business planning
  • Process and manage optical appliance orders
  • Sell products and services
  • Profile a retail market
  • Plan small business finances
  • Maintain business resources
  • Deliver and monitor a service to customers
  • Maintain work health and safety
  • Control inventory
  • Dispense optical appliances
  • Dispense atypical prescriptions
  • Lead effective workplace relationships
  • Monitor and manage small business operations
  • Monitor in-store visual merchandising display
  • Analyse and achieve sales targets
  • Plan and implement administrative systems


Australian Dispensing Opticians Association (ADOA); This qualification also supports industry accreditation as a dispensing optician in New Zealand.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
OTEN (Open Training Education Network) No

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To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 100 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency.

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