Optician Training Certificate

This online certificate program, offered in partnership with ed2go, allows you to gain the skills and knowledge you need to obtain an entry-level job as an optician.

Who Should Attend

Anyone who wants to begin a career as an optician. You’ll have the skills and knowledge you need to advance in this popular and exciting medical field.

Certificate Completion

Prepare yourself to achieve American Board of Opticianry (ABO) certification, which is required by many states and is a stepping-stone to career advancement.

Delivery Format

  • The entire program is offered online
  • Instructor-facilitated online courses
  • Start anytime during the quarter
  • Learn from the convenience of your home and at your pace

Course Information
Course No. GES 126
Units NC
Fee* $1,895

* Fees are subject to change


Training Time

150 hours, 6 months

  • Lesson 1: What Is an Optician?
  • Lesson 2: The Parts of the Eye
  • Lesson 3: Refractive Errors
  • Lesson 4: Strabismus and Amblyopia
  • Lesson 5: Other Common Ocular Conditions
  • Lesson 6: Frame Basics
  • Lesson 7: Frame Styling
  • Lesson 8: Aligning Frames
  • Lesson 9: Adjusting Frames
  • Lesson 10: A Quick Look at Light
  • Lesson 11: Reading a Prescription
  • Lesson 12: More About Prescriptions and Lens Types
  • Lesson 13: Lens Materials
  • Lesson 14: Prism Basics
  • Lesson 15: Fresnel Prisms
  • Lesson 16: Optical Effects of Lens Curvature
  • Lesson 17: Multifocal Lens Considerations
  • Lesson 18: The Manual Lensometer
  • Lesson 19: More About Opticianry Measurements and Calculations
  • Lesson 20: Simple Math and Algebra
  • Lesson 21: Soft Contact Lenses
  • Lesson 22: Gas-Permeable Contact Lenses
  • Lesson 23: Legal Responsibilities and Ethics
  • Lesson 24: Preparing for the ABO Exam

Skill Sets

  • Be qualified to obtain an entry-level position as an optician in a retail or medical setting. (Some states require ABO–American Board of Opticianry–certification)
  • Be prepared to take the ABO exam, if you have a high school degree or GED
  • Be knowledgeable about ocular anatomy, eye diseases and conditions, frame styling and adjustment, eyewear selection, glasses lens and contact lens selection, prescriptions and the equipment and mathematical formulas used in opticianry


  • Must have access to a computer, Internet and an active e-mail account. Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Acrobat Reader are also required for this course.
  • Your tuition for this program includes these textbooks:
    • System for Ophthalmic Dispensing, by Clifford W. Brooks and Irvin Borish
    • The Optician Training Manual, by David S. McCleary
    • All About Your Eyes, by Jennifer S. Weizer and Sharon Fekrat