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Additional information

body or mind



Medical Field

Boss or Team



Good Communicator

Work With


Math & Science


Study Length

Shorter Study


Busy Environment

Dispensing Optician

Dispensing opticians interpret optical prescriptions, and will fit and service optical aids such as frames for glasses and lenses. 

How to become qualified in this field (learning path)

  1. NSC/NC(V) 
  2. BSc (Optometry)

Level of Schooling & School Subjects

NSC/NC(V) Entry requirements may differ according to the educational institution

Recommended subjects

  • Maths
  • Physical or Life Sciences
  • Biology

Duration of study

4 Years


In order to work in this field, you will have to register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

Dispensing opticians can work in clinics, hospitals or go into private practice.

Further Information

Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HSPCA)

South African Optometry Association

Educational Institutions offering this qualification

University of Johannesburg:

University of Limpopo:

University of the Free State:

University of KwaZulu-Natal:

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