UNIT 1: THE LEGAL REQUIREMENTS IN OPTICS (3 Credits)
The aim of this unit is to help the learner to understand the legal implications including health and safety within an optical practice and how they relate to the role of an optical assistant. There will be elements of employment law, health & safety and GOC requirements.
UNIT 2: MANAGING PEOPLE IN OPTICS (7 Credits)
The aim of this unit is for learners to know how to effectively manage relationships with colleagues including communication and supervisory skills, and how to develop other people’s performance in optical practice. The learner will have the knowledge to communicate with patients/customers with impaired vision, to improve service, deal with conflict and improve selling and supervisory skills. This unit is strongly recommended for anyone with a managerial or supervisory role within the optical profession.
UNIT 3: SUPPORTING THE PROVISION OF SPECTACLES (8 Credits)
The aim of this unit is for the learner to know and understand the principles and factors underlining the choice of particular lenses used in spectacles and the learner to know and understand the benefits of the various alternatives available, including low vision appliances. The learner will learn about the principles, designs and fitting of frames, including facial measurements, and the importance of protective and other specialist eyewear. This unit is strongly recommended for anyone who is dispensing in optical practice.
The cost of the course is £600 for the three mandatory units and £110 for each optional unit selected.
All of the course material is included for this fee and full tutor support, however, examinations fees are not included and will need to paid when you apply to ABDO.
In order to achieve the qualification learners must pass an examination and in order to pass learners will need to achieve 50% on each unit. They take place in June and December each year. The examinations are not included in the course fees and we will update on these once they have been confirmed. You will have to apply for the examination with ABDO but we will let you know when this needs to be done.
The examinations are organised and run by ABDO on behalf of the WCSM, and can be taken at a number of venues across the UK. Details on the venues available the date and costs are shown on the ABDO website and will be available on our website as well.