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The UK route to registration as a dispensing optician

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This route is for people who have trained or are currently training in the UK. To qualify as a dispensing optician via this route you must:

1. Complete and pass a three-year course of studying dispensing optics at a GOC-approved training institution. There are three modes of study to choose from:

a) A two-year full time training course at a GOC-approved training institution followed by one year’s salaried work in a practice under supervision OR
b) A three-year day release training course with a GOC-approved training institution,  combined with suitable employment OR
c) A three-year distance learning course offered by a GOC-approved training institution, combined with suitable employment.

Please return to the What to study and where page to find out where you can train to become a dispensing optician .

2. Pass all parts of the Professional Qualifying Examinations. The assessments and examinations are conducted by either ABDO Exams or Anglia Ruskin University, depending on which training course you choose to follow.

3. Register with the GOC.

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