about us

The obvious choice for optical training

Although we are a young company, our founders, tutors, trainers and course writers have years of experience teaching across all parts of optics. We have training for Dispensing Opticians, Optometrists, Technicians, Optical Assistants, Receptions and sales reps. In short we KNOW optics and with our knowledge you’re in safe, experienced hands with Insight Optical Training.

Using modern learning and teaching strategies supported by our experienced tutors, we give our students a learning experience which sets us apart from our competitors. By signing up to an Insight Optical course learners can access their learning 24/7 from their computer, tablet or mobile phone. All you need is an internet connection and your password. This gives flexible studying at a time which suits you. Rather than having pages of text to read, we provide a range of resources which deliver learning in short bite-size pieces which makes our courses more enjoyable and stimulating. You can choose to watch presentations, take a quiz, use the workbook or read some text; we deliver training which suits your learning style and maximises your chances of passing. We also provide sample exam questions so you can build your confidence before taking your exams.

So, sign up today with no need to wait; you could be starting your first module within minutes of paying.

Flexible * Reliable * Enjoyable * Affordable * Professional * Friendly

We are Insight Optical Training
We are focused on your future

Meet the team

Anthony Blackman – Principal Lecturer and Director of Training

BSc(Hons) FBDO CL (Hons)SLD SMC(Tech) CertAcc(Open) MRSPH MRSB FInstCPD PGDip

Anthony is a qualified Dispensing Optician and Contact Lens Optician who has worked for D&A, Boots and Independent practices across the South East. Before joining Insight Optical Training, he was Senior Lecturer in Vision Science and Professional Lead for Ophthalmic Dispensing at Canterbury Christ Church University. He has been an examiner for ABDO and the WCSM, as well as being a past Principal Examiner for Optical manufacturing for the WCSM.

He has published a number of CET articles and also sat on several committees for ABDO & the WCSM; including 3.5 years as a Director of ABDO. Currently he is a Board Trustee for the British Council for Prevention on Blindness and a Trustee Director for Emmaus (Medway); as well as being a Liveryman of the WCSM.

His responsibilities at Insight Optical Training are to oversee the production of the course materials, liaising with a team of course writers and tutors. He can also be found delivering some of our workshops and is in charge of our CET provision.

You can email his at Ant.Blackman@insight-optical.co.uk

Chris Maughan – Director of Operations

Chris is a professional administrator who served in the Royal Air Force for 24 years in a Personnel and Administration role before leaving in 2012.

On leaving the military, Chris worked for the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers initially as the examinations administrator, preparing and organising the Awarding Body’s examinations twice a year.  Chris was responsible for the introduction of the online learning platform (Moodle) for the WCSM Education Trust.

He was a member of the Qualifications Committee responsible for the Qualifications offered by the WCSM and annual audits by the National Regulators, Qfqual and SQA.

He is responsible for the administration and operations of Insight Optical Training.  He deals with enquiries from potential learners and from those enrolling on our courses and ensuring our IT and systems are working. 

You can email him at chris.maughan@insight-optical.co.uk