Developed to meet the needs of practising optometrists, the Certificate in Advanced Contact Lenses (ACO-CACL) is designed to enhance your understanding of contact lens practice and enable you to increase your competency through theory and the development of appropriate skills.

An expert team of presenters will deliver lectures on a range of topics including soft and hard lenses; lens fitting; orthokeratology; miniscleral lenses; corneal grafts and prosthetic lenses. The course offers a flexible remote learning structure ideal for rural or remote optometrists and those balancing work and other commitments.

  • Commencement
    30 May 2022
  • Duration
    6 months
  • CPD Points
    Australia: 23 clinical CPD hours, inc 2T & 5i
  • CPD Points
    New Zealand: 28G7CD


  • Self-paced independent learning (approximately 24 hours)
  • Flexible delivery comprising online lectures and demonstration videos
  • E-learning materials and online assessments
  • Local clinical experience within Australia and/or New Zealand (16 hours)
  • Post-nominals upon completion of the full course
  • High level of support provided by the ACO Online forums and networking opportunities

Entry requirements

Candidates must be an optometry graduate and registered as an optometrist in Australia or New Zealand. Course enquiries from overseas applicants or optometrists with limited registration 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 this course.

Further information


We understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on work and life. Should you be interested in our certificate courses, but are uncertain whether you are able to keep up with the course curriculum and time requirements, please do not hesitate to contact us via email to find out more on how we are supporting candidates to completion of their certificates.

2022 Fees

(Inc GST)
New Zealand
(Ex GST)
ACO Member $2,286 $2,078
Non Member $2,910 $2,646