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I just wanted to convey my appreciation for the Advanced Certificate in Contact Lens Course. Learning a few tricks with the topographer

with RGP and mini-scleral fitting has saved so much time spent on designing lenses.

Anita. ACO-CACL Alumnus


Developed to meet the needs of practising optometrists, the ACO-CACL curriculum has been designed to enhance understanding of

contact lens practiceand enable graduates to increase their competency through theory and the development of appropriate skills.

An expert team of presenters from Australia and the UK will deliver a range of topics including current information on soft and hard

lenses, lens fitting and special lenses.



Features of the Certificate 

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
  • 48 CPD (including 8 therapeutic) points for re–registration purposes in Australia
  • 7 CD and 28 General Credits for re-registration purposes in New Zealand             
  • Local clinical experience within Australia and/or New Zealand (16 hours)
  • 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
Course Dates

The next course will commence 29 June 2020.

CACL Registration  or book online 


Entry Requirements

To enter the course, candidates must be a graduate of optometry and be registered in Australia or New Zealand. Course enquiries from overseas applicants or optometrists with limited registration should be directed to the Course Program Director.  Optometrists are recommended to have a minimum of six months' general practice experience prior to commencing the course.

2020 Fees
Course Fees (Includes GST) AUS (Inc GST)
NZ (Ex GST)*
ACO Member $2,134 $1,940
ACO Non Member
$2,717 $2,470

 *GST not applicable when completing 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 the Course Program Director 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.

Course commencement date is effectively the date a candidate is provided access to the online course material. Refunds are not payable after this date.

The ACO-CACL and Continuing Professional Development Credits

On successful completion of the ACO-CACL, candidates who are registered to practice in Australia will be able to claim 48 CPD (including 8 therapeutic) points for re–registration purposes.  For optometrists registered to practice in New Zealand, the relevant CPD points for this course are 28 General and 7 Clinical Diagnostic.

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-CACL, please submit your ACO Membership Application  with your ACO-CACL 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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