Distance Learning

Online Training Modules

Designed and written by industry experts, each module is ideal for those starting out their career in the optical world.  Each module has been designed to be flexible so that it fits around busy work and home lives. You can start at any time of the year and there is no strict weekly timetable, so you can work at your own pace, submitting work when you are ready.There are no books to buy, no examinations to take and no need for any travel.  You are supported by a range of online materials (videos, presentations, multiple choice questions) as well as a printed colour manual and experienced tutor support. On average a learner takes 6-8 weeks to complete a module, although this is based on someone working in practice, so it could be completed sooner. Once enrolled they have access for 12 months to the online platform. The modules are delivered online via our online learning platform MyIOTA and with a training manual of course notes. Each module is broken down into smaller sections, with each section having online presentations, videos and self-check quizzes. There are also some additional resources to view.

Once a learner has worked their way through all of the sections, they can then attempt the end of unit assignment. This is submitted online for marking by their personal tutor, who can also support them at any point during their course

You can choose as many of the modules listed below as you wish and can complete them individually, or as a group and in any order.

AN INSIGHT INTO THE ROLES IN OPTICS

This module covers the different roles within the optical world, as well as the different regulatory, professional and trade bodies. There is an emphasis on the Opticians Act and the functions of the General Optical Council. It therefore gives new starters an overview of ‘who’s who’ & who does what.​

AN INSIGHT INTO OPTICAL CUSTOMER SERVICE

Excellent customer service is vital for any business and optics is no different. The module covers different communication methods and techniques to deal with different types of customers, as well as the cornerstones of excellent customer service so that you can learn who to delight your customers.​

AN INSIGHT INTO THE EYE AND OPTICS

This module looks at why people need to wear spectacles, reviewing the causes of ametropia before going on to look at the anatomy of the eye and the functions of its different parts. This topic is regularly highlighted as a favourite by learners.​

AN INSIGHT INTO SPECTACLE FRAMES

Studying this module you will learn about the different types of spectacle frame materials, their properties, advantages and disadvantages. It also covers the different parts of spectacle frames, such as nose pads and sides, as well as the different types of spectacle frames. Learners will therefore have the knowledge to be able to more accurately identify different materials and discuss the features of different frames with customers.​

AN INSIGHT INTO CONTACT LENSES

Contact lenses are an essential part of practice revenue, therefore, this module gives learners the fundamental knowledge of the different contact lens types and materials, so that they can deal with basic queries. Time is also spent describing the assessment and aftercare routines, as well as the importance of hygiene and good contact lens care; including the use of different types of cleaning solutions.​

AN INSIGHT INTO SPECTACLE LENSES

This module gives learners an overview of the different designs of spectacle lenses, including, single vision, bifocals, trifocals, progressive lenses and the latest occupational lenses. Time is also spent understanding the different types of spectacle lens materials that are available. Learners will therefore be more confident is discussing lens options with customers and be able to advise on different lenses for different situations.​

AN INSIGHT INTO OPTICAL SCREENING

Boost your pre-screening confidence with this module. Learners will gain a good level of understanding of the pre-screening process, the different types of pre-screening test that may occur and more importantly, how to conduct them in a professional manner that ensures high levels of accuracy and reliability in the results. This results in a more confident pre-screener that helps for an effective customer journey.​

AN INSIGHT INTO SPECTACLE LENS TREATMENTS

This module covers a range of lens tinting methods, as well as polarising lenses, the expanding range of photochromatic options and a review of the different MAR coatings and special filters e.g. for blue light and night driving. The module benefits from a look across optics at a range of different manufacturers.​

 

 

AN INSIGHT INTO THE GLAZING OF SPECTACLES

If you ever wanted to know how to glaze, then this module is for you. The module covers the different stages of the glazing process, including equipment, standards, and the important quality control stage. Covering both plastic and metal glazing, it is an essential introduction to glazing.​

AN INSIGHT INTO SPECTACLES  REPAIRS & FITTING

It is essential that spectacles fit the wearer properly, therefore, this module covers the stages of assessing the fit of a frame, as well as how to carry out a range of adjustments and common repairs. Full of step-by-step photographs, this module should be considered for everyone in the practice.​

Special Covid-19 Price!!

This new modular distance learning course is available in partnership with  Insight Optical Training at a specially discounted member rate of £80 exc vat per module, £110 exc vat non members. You can apply for your first module by clicking on the link below and completing the application form and once payment has been received you can start learning straight away. You can apply for the modules regardless of academic background, nationality, age, location, gender, religion or occupation.

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