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Optical Dispenser

Assist clients with eyewear and optical appliances by interpreting optical prescriptions.
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What's it like to be an Optical Dispenser?

An Optical Dispenser is a professional who interprets optical prescriptions and supplies clients with frames and lenses.

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Generally working as part of an eye care team, Optical Dispensers tend to be employed by optical dispensing companies or optometrists. However, some are self-employed in private practice.

Giving clear, helpful and correct advice to customers is imperative for Optical Dispensers.

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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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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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May 2021
optical dispensing is a pretty important role in dispensing glasses which isn’t regarded highly enough in my opinion
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Optical dispensing
The good things
The good things are, you get to work with and meet people from all sorts of backgrounds and walks of life. You get a satisfaction out of helping people with their eye care needs and selection of glass...
The challenges
Pls see previous page .. I wrote it on. With the good things
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