A continuing professional development program commencing early next year will be available to graduates of the Certificate IV course in dispensing conducted by the Australasian College of Optical Dispensing.
The CPD program will require qualified dispensers to gain a minimum of 60 points from the program every three years.
It is planned for CPD sessions to be held in most states as well as in New Zealand, with ACOD graduates not being charged to attend, while other optical dispensers who attend will be charged a modest fee.
The ACOD is launching the CPD program to fill what is sees as a need not being catered for in the majority of jurisdictions – post-Certificate IV regular training sessions to increase dispensing knowledge.
The ACOD is in its first year of operation having become a registered training organisation last December.
The most frequent organiser of CPD events is the Australian Dispensing Opticians Association in Victoria, while the New South Wales-based (ADOA NSW) organisation does little, if anything, in that regard, despite regarding itself as the national body for dispensers.
Curiously, a recent visit to Specsavers’ very big laboratory and warehouse facility in Melbourne organized by ADOA (Vic) caused an outcry online by some members of ADOA (NSW).
The exchange of ‘letters’, notes, insults and whatever are interesting for their
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