Professional Development

Australian College of Optometry Advanced Certificate in Children's Vision (ACO-ACCV)


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Course Description

The Australian College of Optometry is pleased to announce the introduction of an Advanced Certificate in Children's Vision.  This online Advanced Certificate is a highly focused and clinically advanced course following an evidence based approach.
The course provides a unique blended learning and assessment experience. Program content is based on high quality academic research presented by an accomplished list of speakers.  Invaluable practical skills will be acquired through local clinical placements in Australia and New Zealand.  The Advanced Certificate in Children's Vision will enable optometrists to proactively approach the specialty area of paediatric optometry with renewed self-confidence in diagnosis and management. 
Features of the Certificate Suitable For

The ACO-CACL is a remote learning course that offers a flexible style of learning with:

  • Self-paced independent learning (approximately 24 hours)
  • Flexible delivery comprising online lectures and demonstration videos
  • E-learning materials
  • 68 CPD points for re-registration purposes in Australia / 40G points for New Zealand (tbc)
  • Local clinical experience within Australia and/or New Zealand (20 hours)
  • Post-nominals upon completion of the full course
  • High level of support provided by the ACO
  • Cost effective
  • Optometrists wishing to extend their depth of knowledge in paediatric optometry

  • Ideal for rural or remote optometrists and those balancing work and family commitments

  • Optometrists who wish to differentiate their practice by introducing a speciality in children's vision


Course Dates

The next course will commence on 22 January 2018. To register for this course download the Registration Form


Entry Requirements

To enter the course, candidates must be a graduate of optometry and registered in Australia or New Zealand. Course enquiries from overseas applicants or optometrists with limited registration should be directed to the Course Program Director   ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).  Optometrists are recommended to have a minimum of six months' general practice experience prior to commencing the course.

2018 Fees 

Course Fees (Includes GST) AUS (Inc GST) NZ (Ex GST)*
ACO Member $2,310 $2,100
ACO Non Member $2,957 $2,688

 *GST not applicable when completing course in New Zealand

Withdrawal from the Course and Fee Refund

  1. Notification of a candidate's intention to withdraw must be made in writing. Confirmation of receipt of this notification will be given by the ACO.
  2. Candidates will receive a full refund for withdrawals received prior to Friday 29th December, 2017, less $250 administration fee. 
  3. Fees wil not be refunded for withdrawals received after 29th December 2017. 


The ACO-ACCV and Continuing Professional Development Credits

On successful completion of the ACO-ACCV, candidates who are registered to practice in Australia will be able to claim 68 CPD points for re–registration purposes.  For optometrists registered to practice in New Zealand, the relevant CPD points for this course will be advised shortly.

How to Apply

ACO Membership

ACO Membership is an annual subscription (January to December) available nationally and internationally, which provides access to a wide range of on-line learning options.

If you are currently not an ACO member and wish to avail yourself of the Member discount for ACO-ACCV, please submit your ACO Membership Application with your ACO-ACCV Application.   

Contact Information

For all other information regarding applications, selection criteria, course content or assessment procedures, please contact:

Education Division
Telephone: +61 3 9349 7477
Facsimile: +61 3 9349 7559
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Candidate Requirements

To participate in the course, candidates will need:
•    An email address for communications with the Course Program Director
•    Access to a computer – PC or Mac (refer to specifications below)

Computer Specifications
As a guide, your computer will need the following minimum specifications:

• PC: Up-to-date version of Chrome, Internet Explorer or Firefox
• MAC: Up-to-date version of Safari or Chrome

Operating Systems 
• PC: Windows 7 and above
• MAC: Lion 10.7 and above

• Adobe Flash Player 10.2
• Adobe Reader
• Skype

Internet Connection
•Fast and reliable broadband connection: 350kbps upload / 350kbps download

• Keyboard and mouse
• Speakers (either inbuilt or external)
• 1Gb RAM
• 1GHz Processor (PC)
• 1GHz Intel Processor (Core 2 Duo) (MAC)
• 1280 X 1024 resolution display preferred (notebooks and net-books may operate on other resolutions)


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