The Advanced Certificate in Children’s Vision (ACO-ACCV) aims to provide an evidence-based approach to children’s vision. Commencing with a broad overview, the course topics include the diagnosis and management of abnormal binocular vision, paediatric amblyopia, strabismus, nystagmus, vision therapy, learning related vision problems, myopia control and paediatric ocular disease.

Presented by an accomplished list of leaders in paediatric optometry, this course will broaden optometrists’ scope providing graduates with the confidence to treat paediatric patients presenting with a range of conditions. Local clinical placements in Australia and New Zealand provide participants with invaluable practical experience. The course offers a flexible remote learning structure ideal for rural or remote optometrists and those balancing work and other commitments.


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  • Commencement
    5 February 2024
  • Duration
    6 months
  • CPD Points
    30 (3T 15i)
  • Fees
    More info


  • NEW Refractive Management module
  • Study from home – flexible, online learning
  • Demonstration videos and e-learning materials
  • Local clinical experience*
  • Discussion forums and networking opportunities


*Please note: Candidates are required to organise their own placements at a practice local to them.

How to apply

If you are not an ACO Member, create a free ACO user account to register for this course via the ‘Apply now’ button.

ACO Members should use their member login details.

Video: ‘How to register online for an ACO course’ 

Entry requirements

Candidates must be an optometry graduate and registered as an optometrist in Australia or New Zealand. However, course enquiries from overseas applicants or optometrists with limited registration are welcome and should be directed to cpd@aco.org.au.

It is recommended that candidates have a minimum of six months general practice experience prior to commencing the course.

Overseas optometrists should note completion of this course does not offer a pathway to an Australian visa. Please visit Optometry Board for information on practicing in Australia and New Zealand.

2024 Fees

(Inc GST)
New Zealand
(Ex GST)
ACO Member$2,835$2,552
Non Member$3,570$3,213

Meet Adine, 2022 Graduate

Optometrist Adine Wield has always had a keen interest in paediatric care due to its rewarding nature. At eight years post-grad, Adine wanted to gain more confidence treating children and ensure she is providing best practices to patients, particularly with the steep rise in myopia cases.

“I have found paediatrics to be not only more fun than adult optometry but also rewarding as you often find yourself restoring vision (i.e., strabismus and amblyopia treatment) rather than

watching it deteriorate as is the case with adult eye conditions.

Like most optometrists, I have noticed the rapidly rising rates of myopia in children and so I wanted to make sure I was up to date with myopia control techniques.

This course reinforced my knowledge and provided an additional depth to my understanding of paediatric eye disorders and the tests that we use to assess them. Furthermore, I strengthened my ability to critically appraise scientific literature, which was a skill I was not expecting to develop.

My favourite module was the clinical

placement. I saw many interesting cases and learnt lots of tips from the ophthalmologist and optometrists I sat in with.