Australian College of Optometry Advanced Certificate in Glaucoma (ACO-ACG)


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Course Outline


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Developed to meet the needs of practising optometrists, the ACO Advanced Certificate in Glaucoma (ACO-ACG) curriculum has been designed to provide current evidence-based information on the pathophysiology, diagnosis and co-management of glaucoma disease. Completion of this course will enable graduates to upskill in glaucoma and safely participate in collaborative care with ophthalmologists.

Features of the Certificate 

The ACO-ACG is a six-month remote learning course that offers a flexible style of learning with:

  • Self-paced independent learning (approximately 35 hours)
  • Flexible delivery comprising online lectures and demonstration videos
  • E-learning materials
  • 68 CPD (therapeutic) points for re–registration purposes in Australia
  • 30 clinical diagnostic (CD) credits in New Zealand
  • Improve and increase co-management of glaucoma with opthalmologists
  • Local clinical experience within Australia and/or New Zealand
  • Completion of a clinical logbook
  • Online assessments
  • Post-nominals upon completion of the full course
  • High level of support provided by the ACO
  • Online forums and networking opportunities
  • Ideal for rural or remote optometrists and those balancing work and family commitments
  • Cost effective
2017 Course Dates

The closing date for 2017 applications is Thursday 19 January 2017.

The 2017 course will commence on Monday 30 January 2017. Refunds are not payable after this date.

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 ACO.  Optometrists are recommended to have a minimum of six months' general practice experience prior to commencing the course.


These prices are effective for courses commencing in 2017.

Course Fees
NZ (Ex GST)*
ACO Member $2310 $2100
ACO Non Member
$2957 $2688

 *GST is exempt when completing the course in New Zealand

Course Resources Included in Course Fees

Following enrolment and throughout the duration of the course, candidates will receive:
•    access to online lectures, lecture handouts, course notes and suggested reading lists;
•    access to skills demonstration videos;
•    the opportunity to communicate with other candidates and ACO staff via an online forum; and
•    assistance and support during business hours for access and utilisation of learning materials.

For information about withdrawal from the Course and Fee Refund please refer to the ACO CPD policy.

The ACO-ACG and Continuing Professional Development Credits

On successful completion of the ACO-ACG, candidates who are registered to practice in Australia will be able to claim 68 CPD points (relevant to scheduled endorsed medicines) and 30 clinical diagnostic (CD) credits in New Zealand. The Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board of New Zealand has approved the certificate as suitable to meet the Board’s pre-requisites for independent glaucoma prescribing.

The ACO recognises and advises prospective candidates that this course is not an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualification and therefore may not be recognised by universities as a pathway for further learning. Candidates who are seeking credit for this certificate for entry into a university course should seek the advice of the appropriate institution.

Application Process

Download the application form.

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 and offers great resources to help with your study.

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

Contact Information

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

Professional Development
Telephone: +61 3 9349 7477
Facsimile: +61 3 9349 7559
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