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ABDO College announces new Senior Optical Assistant course

New and improved for 2020, ABDO College has opened applications for its Senior Optical Assistant course.

The Senior Optical Assistant course is the ideal next step for optical assistants working at a higher level. It is tailored to the needs of those who aspire to become senior optical assistants and future dispensing opticians. It is a natural progression for those who have completed introductory training in optics, or have been working as an optical assistant for some time and want to enhance their knowledge and skills.

The course now lasts a year, rather than two, and the content has been refined and updated to make it more relevant to the tasks a senior optical assistant will do in practice. Students work through weekly assignments with the support of ABDO College webinars and advice and guidance from a personal tutor. Students should allow 6-8 hours a week for study. All course reading materials are provided as part of each unit.

The introductory Optical Assistant training course was launched last September with over 120 students completing the course over the first 2 intakes. The Senior Optical Assistant course fills the gap between that and the full length FBDO programmes offered by the College.

ABDO College Head of Operations Steve Hertz says, “Student and employer feedback is a key driver in how we develop courses and it was clear that a one-year course to develop candidates with an existing working knowledge of optical practice will be very useful. Students who complete this, or our introductory Optical Assistant course, will be accepted onto the FBDO programme. For students who want to enhance their skills in smaller steps following the Optical Assistant course with the Senior Optical Assistant course as a one-year programme provides a great solution.”

The course takes a year in total and costs £950. The application deadline is 28 August 2020 for a September start. For further information and to apply for this and other courses, visit www.abdocollege.org.uk