Fast Track Technician Training for FBDOs
Course starts in January 2018
The fast track level 4 Diploma for Optical Technicians qualification will be awarded by the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers. The SMC (Tech) qualification is regarded by many as the ‘Gold Standard’ for the industry and will entitle qualified persons to use the letters ‘SMC (Tech)’ after their name.
This fast track course enables DOs to qualify in this area and thereby increase knowledge of production & glazing methods and broaden their skills and experience. This benefits the practice in terms of having additional qualified resource on hand to supplement the existing lab team and to provide cover for holidays and sickness when required.
The course covers the elements of glazing and the technician’s role that do not form part of the FBDO qualification. There are written assignments and a workshop on how to glaze. For experienced glazers there is no requirement to attend the workshop.
This course runs once a year and starts in January and leads to examinations in December. The examination will include three theory papers and a practical assessment. A theory revision day will be run towards the end of each course.