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Dispensing Optician

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


How to be a Dispensing Optician in South Africa

Get the Required Qualifications

Depending on the specific career path you wish to take, you will typically need the following qualifications to become a dispensing optician in South Africa:

  1. Certificate (National Senior Certificate /NC(V) 
  2. Bachelor’s Degree (Bachelor of Science in Optometry)

Demonstrate Competence in the Required Subjects

Different educational institutions may have different admission requirements; however, you will typically be required to demonstrate competency in the following subjects:

Accumulate Years of Relevant Study and Experience

Dispensing Opticians typically study for about 4 years. In order to work in this field, you will have to register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

Find Relevant Employment Opportunities

Dispensing opticians in South Africa often work in clinics, hospitals or go into private practice.

Find More Information from Relevant Regulatory Bodies

To find more information about dispensing opticians in South Africa, contact the:

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