Optical assistant

Optical assistants and clinical assistants are the first point of contact when a patient visits a practice. They make sure that any necessary paperwork is completed before a patient sees the optometrist. The support team is highly trained and can advise on suitable spectacle frames and lenses as well as instruct patients on how to use contact lenses safely.

If you are interested in becoming an optical assistant, you need to apply for a position in an optical practice that offers on the job training. As you work you will be given the chance to study for a Optical assistant qualification via Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) College.

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The Optical Assistant Course at the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) College is designed for all support staff working in optics, from entry level to those with a desire to reinforce their skills and broaden the knowledge gained in practice. Each module is designed to provide the learner the foundation of knowledge needed in order to support both professional staff and customers in their practice.

Students on this course will benefit from a workshop which will demonstrate the various types of optical screening equipment in practice and how to carry out basic repairs and adjustments. This workshop will also allow the students to learn in hands on environment under the expertise of our tutors.

This course is designed as an introduction to formal learning for students in the area of optics to help them progress in their optical career and educational pathway.

End of year exams can be a significant barrier to a student’s desire to pursue further education; with this in mind, this introductory course allows people to study and learn without this anxiety.

The students must achieve an average grade of 70% across their assignments in order to gain a completion certificate from ABDO College. All assignments must be submitted.

Successful completion of this Optical Assistant course will allow the learner direct entry into Year 1 of the FBDO Diploma without the need for prerequisite GCSEs or A Levels while studying subjects directly applicable to everyday practice.