The ACO offers progressive and comprehensive education programs to support optometrists to maintain and improve their professional knowledge and skills in order to provide the best possible care for patients and their communities.

ACO education programs

Certificate courses

Extend your knowledge and take the next step in your career by specialising through one of our certificate level courses.


Maintain and improve your clinical knowledge and attract face to face CPD points all from the comfort of your computer.

Seminar series

A diverse and variable program of lectures aiming to have you at the peak of your optometric knowledge. Free to members.

Clinical workshops

Upskill and excel with our range of clinical workshops that blend current clinical knowledge with hands on practice.


An annual showcase of best practice and clinically relevant presentations conveniently packaged into one weekend.

Therapeutics update

Stay up to date, maintain confidence and earn therapeutic CPD points through our Therapeutics Update Weekend.

Clinical Knowledge Evaluations

Evaluate and benchmark your clinical knowledge of glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy through these case-based tools.

On-line lectures

Understand OCT interpretation through our convenient online lecture created by clinicians for clinicians.


Undertake your mandatory CPR training with the ACO

Obtaining CPD points

The ACO is an approved CPD provider by the Optometry Board of Australia and records CPD points gained by participants for the renewal of national registration. CPD points for completion of current year assessments will be recorded on your ACO CPD point statement issued early December. Assessments for previous years will need to be self-recorded. It is your responsibility to ensure each activity is completed only once.


Be part of our learning community by supporting one of our world class education programs. We offer various education program sponsorship packages throughout the year to match your budget and professional interests. Please email us at cpd@aco.org.au to find out more.

Clinical placements for optometry students

The ACO is proud to work with a number of major Australian Universities, providing their students with the opportunity to work alongside ACO optometrists to provide care to our patients.

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