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Grow your business with online staff training

ABDO College offers great courses to help your staff develop their skills. These courses can lead to stand-alone qualifications and also prepare people to study for the FBDO qualification. Read on to find out about what’s available:

 Optical Assistant

This course is designed for all support staff working in optics, from entry level to those who want to reinforce their skills and broaden the knowledge gained in practice. Each module is designed to provide the learner with the foundation of knowledge needed in order to support both professional staff and customers in their practice.

This course is designed as an introduction to formal learning for students in the area of optics to help them progress in their optical career and educational pathway.

Successful completion of this Optical Assistant course will allow the learner direct entry into Year 1 of the FBDO Diploma without the need for prerequisite GCSEs or A Levels while studying subjects directly applicable to everyday practice.

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Senior Optical Assistant

The Level 4 Diploma for Optical Assistants is for staff who you would like to become
senior optical assistants and/or supervisors. It will deliver benefit to your practice
through staff with increased knowledge, and allows staff to feel they are developing.
It also gives a great foundation if they want to study for the FBDO qualification at
a later date.

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Level 4 Optical Technician Diploma

The manufacture of finished glasses can be a key differentiator for your practice in terms of quality and precision. To achieve this you need the best technician who understands the principles behind many of the tasks within surfacing and glazing. The Level 4 Diploma for Optical Technicians course provides the underpinning knowledge to deliver exactly this for your lab teams, especially those that you may want to become a senior technician or supervisor. It is a two-year blended learning course. On passing the examinations, the Level 4 Diploma for Optical Technicians qualification will be awarded by the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers. This qualification is regarded as the industry gold standard and will entitle your lab technician to use the letters SMC (Tech) after their name.

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Why ABDO College?

  • A proven track record of success since 2001
  • An extensive range of courses to suit your individual needs
  • Dedicated and experienced academic staff
  • Friendly and supportive learning environment
  • Consistently high theory and practical examination results
  • Helpful course tutors
  • Vibrant and positive attitude towards students
  • Committed to the furtherance of dispensing optics
  • Established by the profession for the profession
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