CPHEC 2020 App Form (pdf)

Australian College of Optometry Certificate in Public Health Eye Care (ACO-CPHEC)

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Course Outline


IT Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions
Registrations taken up until 18 May 2020

The ACO Certificate in Public Health Eye Care is designed to ensure graduates are equipped with the skills to protect the safety and improve the

health of communities through education, health promotion, policy making and research for eye disease and injury prevention. 


With a module dedicated to leadership in public health optometry, the course aims to to provide any professional working in eye health with an interest

in public health to become thought-leading professional advocates with scope to develop niche skills through an initiative of their own choice.

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Features of the Certificate 

The ACO-CPHO 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, reading 
  • E-learning materials
  • Up to 31 CPD points for re–registration purposes in Australia
  • 25G points in New Zealand
  • Learn leadership skills and improve public health knowledge
  • 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



2020 Course Dates

The 2020 course will commence on Monday 25 May 2020. Refunds are not payable after this date.

Entry Requirements

This course is open to a range of professionals – optometrists, orthoptists, educators, project managers and other health care professionals and staff working in a public health or optometry setting.  

The awarding of CPD and CE points is only available for optometrists registered to practice in Australia or New Zealand. 


These prices are effective for courses commencing in 2019.

Course Fees
AU (Inc GST)
NZ (Ex GST)*
ACO Member $2079 $1890
ACO Non Member
$2651 $2410

 *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;
•    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.


The ACO-CPHO and Continuing Professional Development Credits

Applications have been submitted for accreditation of this course in both Australia and New Zealand.

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-CPHEC, please submit your ACO Membership application  with your course application.

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

Contact Information

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

Education Division
Telephone: +61 3 9349 7477
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