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Statement of Attainment in Developing Optical Dispensing Skills

TAFE NSW Course Number: 357-R3040V01

Nominal Hours: 187

Full Fee: $1,230
Max. Fee If Eligible For Subsidy: $0

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  • Government Subsidised

Contact by Training Services NSW

If your course has been funded by Training Services NSW under Smart and Skilled, you may be contacted by a Training Services NSW representative to discuss your experience at OTEN.

This course is aimed at those non-qualified (optical assistant) staff members to learn and/or improve their on-the-job practical skills and knowledge and gain some formal recognition for this. This will give TAFE Digital highly qualified staff an opportunity to support the workplace by spending the time needed to train these learners. By conducting the functional dispensing learning and training on behalf of the practitioners we can support them by taking on this load, while dispensing more knowledge (and skills) to complement the work done in the workplace. Those who complete this training will also be able to differentiate themselves from other optical assistants by completing this recognised training and achieving a better understanding of and taking more accurate facial measurements and by improved fitting and adjusting of spectacle frames. They will better understand the range of different spectacle lens types and designs available to dispense a range of optical prescriptions.

4 days Practical workshops held at Kingswood Optical Practical Facility.

To ensure you leave us with the most up to date qualification...

If during or after your enrolment, the course in which you are enrolled is updated in line with national industry standards, the Institute reserves the right to transition you into an alternate course. If this becomes necessary, the Institute will advise you of the change and the arrangements which will be available for you to complete your alternate course.

Must have access to Optical dispensing workplace.

Credit (or recognition) for modules/units may be granted based on previous learning, studies, work and/or life experiences. Please discuss this with the teaching section when you enrol.

25 hours of work placement required.

Optical dispensers

This SOA will provide participants an education pathway into the Certificate IV Optical Dispensing Qualification.

CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
SIRXSLS001 Sell to the retail customer
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
HLTOPD001-GRADED Provide advice on optical appliances

The above list includes units being offered at OTEN. If licensing in another state other than NSW is required, please check requirements with the relevant state.

You don't need to study what you already know! The skills, knowledge and experience you have gained from your previous learning, work experience and life in general may be taken into account.

To apply for recognition in one or more units you must clearly show that you have the equivalent and relevant skills, knowledge and experience of the unit or group of units.

For Credit transfer where you have completed previous studies either with TAFE NSW or with another tertiary provider complete the Enrolment Adjustment - Credit - Previous Studies form, and include any required evidence.

For Recognition of Prior Learning, attach your evidence to a completed Enrolment Adjustment – Credit – Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) form and submit for assessment.

Send your applications to:


Post: OTEN Recognition, 51 Wentworth Road, Strathfield NSW 2135

Keep a copy of all completed forms for your records.

To find out more about Credit and to help you with your application read the Credit e-Kit for Students.

Need more help? Contact the Recognition Help Desk

Smart and Skilled Student Fees

The cost of this course will vary based on your eligibility for a Smart and Skilled Student Fee. Eligibility criteria can be found on the Smart and Skilled website or you can call us on 131 601 for further information and advice.

First qualification$0
Second qualification$0
Non-government subsidised fee$1,230

Trainees: From 2016 if you are starting a traineeship that is on the NSW Skills List, your Smart and Skilled fee for the whole qualification will not be more than $1,000.

This training is subsidised by the NSW government under Smart and Skilled. The student fee you will need to pay, will be determined according to your personal circumstances and eligibility for a subsidised place, you may also be eligible for a concession fee, fee exemption or fee free scholarship. Payment by instalments is available.

You may continue with an enrolment into this course if you are not eligible for subsidised training, however the full training fee will be applicable. There are conditions to enrolment if you are a Temporary Visa Holder. To discuss your visa status and eligibility to enrol please phone 131 241.

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Please ensure you also read and understand the associated fee policies and conditions related to withdrawal from a course, applying for a refund of fees, applying for a deferral to your studies and if you are behind in payment of instalments.

For full details on TAFE NSW fees and money matters please visit our Paying for Your Course page.

To enrol in this course please click on the Enrol Now button. You may also enrol over the phone by calling TAFE Digital on 131 241

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