Certificate IV in Optical Technology

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge for the manufacture of ophthalmic appliances that comply with Australian Standards.

Duties may be performed in a range of work environments including manufacturing laboratories, wholesale and retail environments. Workers may be employed within a manufacturing organisation or may be an owner/operator. Workers are expected to work independently and may be responsible for the work of others.

This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeships pathways.

Occupational titles for these workers may include:

Optical mechanic

Optical technician

Shift manager

Team leader/supervisor



14 units of competency are required for award of this qualification, including:

9 core units

5 elective units

A wide range of elective units is available, including:

Group A electives which are recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice

Other relevant electives listed below

Units of competency to address workplace requirements and packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in Health and/or Community Services Training Packages

Where appropriate, to address workplace requirements, up to 2 units of competency packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in other relevant Training Packages

Core units

add topic BSBWOR203B Work effectively with others

add topic BSBWOR301B Organise personal work priorities and development

add topic HLTHIR301C Communicate and work effectively in health

add topic HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes

add topic HLTOPD401C Work effectively in the ophthalmic industry

add topic HLTOPT401C Perform technical procedures for the production of ophthalmic appliances

add topic HLTOPT404C Implement good manufacturing processes in the ophthalmic industry

add topic HLTOPT406B Edge and fit ophthalmic appliances

add topic HLTOPT407C Apply surface coatings to ophthalmic lenses

The importance of culturally aware and respectful practice

All workers undertaking work in health need foundation knowledge to inform their work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and co-workers and with clients and co-workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This foundation must be provided and assessed as part of a holistic approach to delivery and assessment of this qualification. Specific guidelines for assessment of this aspect of competency are provided in the Assessment Guidelines for the Health Training Package.

Group A electives - recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice

Where work involves a specific focus on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and/or culturally diverse clients or communities, one or both of the following electives is recommended:

add topic HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers

add topic HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

Other relevant electives

Electives are to be selected in line with the specified Packaging Rules. Employers may specify that certain electives are required to address identified workplace needs.

add topic BSBCUS401B Coordinate implementation of customer service strategies

add topic BSBWOR204A Use business technology

add topic BSBINN301A Promote innovation in a team environment

add topic BSBWOR402A Promote team effectiveness

add topic BSBWOR502B Ensure team effectiveness

add topic CHCCS311C Deliver and monitor services to clients

add topic CHCCS427A Facilitate adult learning and development

add topic CHCINF302C Maintain the organisation's information systems

add topic CHCINF303B Contribute to information requirements in the community sector

add topic CHCINF606D Manage information strategically

add topic CHCORG405D Maintain an effective work environment

add topic CHCORG607C Manage workplace issues

add topic HLTCOM503D Manage a practice

add topic HLTFA311A Apply first aid

add topic HLTOPT405B Monitor implementation of Good Manufacturing Practice in the ophthalmic industry

add topic TAEDEL301A Provide work skill instruction


Due to the employment profile of the health industry there are some areas where offering a full qualification would not match industry requirements.

The Optical process work skill set is recommended for individuals undertaking process work within the optical industry wishing to gain a set of recognised skills.


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Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

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Employability Skills

Refer to the Topic: Introduction to the Employability Skills Qualification Summaries