Course Outline

Course Duration and Schedule

The course start date for 2020 is 29 June 2020.

It is anticipated that candidates will complete the course within 6 months of commencement, including assessments. Clinical placements should commence approximately 3-4 months after course commencement.

A tentative course schedule is provided below:

Course Component


Time Frame

Part 1 - Didactic Online Course Weeks 1 - 11

Commencement date is 29 June 2020

Part 2 - Clinical Experience Placement Weeks 12 - 14

Following completion of online course

Log book and case reports submitted Weeks 14 - 20  


Final Exam   Exam will occur on a set, non-flexible, date. Date TBC.

Note: This schedule provides an indication only.

Candidates should check with the ACO for examination dates and times prior to making any leave or travel arrangements.



Following the clinical placement, candidates must submit two 1500 word case reports and a logbook.

Final Assessment

The course is divided into two parts: Online Course and Clinical Experience.

After successful completion of the online course and clinical placement, candidates must complete an online written examination, comprising multiple choice. A 70% pass rate is required.

Articles that are listed in your Recommended Reading list will be included in the assessment process.  Videos that are listed on CORE as recommended viewing will also be included in the assessment process.

Online Course

The online course will involve approximately 11 hours of online lectures, 2.5 hours of skills demonstration videos and 11 hours of self-directed learning. Candidates will gain an understanding of:

•    The fundamentals of modern contact lens practice
•    Corneal assessment
•    Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) spherical lenses
•    Astigmatism and pellucid marginal degeneration – Toric rigid lenses
•    Complications and contact lens care solutions
•    Presbyopia and bifocal lenses
•    Keratoconus
•    Miniscleral lenses
•    Orthokeratology and children
•    Post-keratoplasty, post-refractive surgery
•    Ocular trauma and aphakia

Clinical Experience

This practical component involves approximately 16 hours of clinical experience. Candidates will be required to make arrangements for their own clinical experience. This can be completed under the supervision of a contact lens specialist/expert at a suitable clinic or at the Australian College of Optometry’s contact lens clinic (subject to availability)*. Clinical experience from cases treated in your own private practice may also be considered as suitable. Candidates will be required to keep a log of conditions and treatment plans, as well as submit case reports demonstrating proficient knowledge in a range of clinical skills essential to the scope of contact lens.

It is highly recommended to complete the online component before undertaking clinical experience to gain maximum benefit from the online component.

*Clinical experience at the ACO is at a cost and a maximum of 3 x 4 hour sessions available.  Full details on ACO's clinical placement.

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