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Optical Dispenser

Assist clients with eyewear and optical appliances by interpreting optical prescriptions.

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The most common annual salary in AUS for an Optical Dispenser is between $45k and $55k
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How to become an Optical Dispenser


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To work as an Optical Dispenser in Australia you usually have to complete a qualification in optical dispensing. Some courses include a supervised work placement or may require relevant previous employment as a condition of entry. It’s also possible to become an optical dispenser through a traineeship and employers usually require a minimum of Year 10 completion.

  1. Undertake a qualification in optical dispensing. This will usually be a Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing (HLT47815).
  2. There are multiple pathways for experienced Optical Dispensers, such as becoming an assistant manager, working as a consultant to a lens manufacturer, or becoming a sales representative.

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Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing

Gain skills to dispense and supply optical appliances as prescribed by optometrists with this qualification.

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How do Optical Dispensers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 35 Optical Dispensers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.3
Job satisfaction
4.1
Career progression opportunities
3.8
Job security
4.3
Pay / Salary
3.5
Variety of work
4.1

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Oct 2018
Being an Optical Dispenser is enjoyable, helpful and rewarding
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Optical Dispenser
The good things
As with all things what you put into something is what you will get out of it. I enjoy helping people and conversing with people of all ages and this job allows me to do just that. Being a job with a ...
The challenges
I find the challenges are if it is a quiet day that the day seems to take forever!! But the most challenging is maintaining the smile and composure without raising the voice when an upset irate custo...
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Oct 2018
A Clear Sight of Optics.
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate of Proofreading and Editing.
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Dispensing glasses, patient care, lenses and frame recommendations and receptionist.
The good things
What I enjoy most about being an Optical Dispenser is that every day is different and the role is so diverse. As a dispenser, depending on where you work of course, you are in a role that is partly sa...
The challenges
I will be honest. I enjoy being a dispenser, but it is not for everyone. It is, above all else, a part of the health industry. You will see people with bloodshot eyes, severe conjunctivitis, or a pers...
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3.7%
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