Enrolment now open for local FBDO course

The pilot intake at the first Block Release workshop held in February 2019, led by ABDO College Principal Jo Underwood

Applications are now open for the Fellowship Dispensing Diploma (FBDO) course, which combines online study with face-to-face lectures and practical sessions.

Run by the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) and supported by Specsavers, the FBDO is a Level 6 diploma in ophthalmic dispensing that covers a comprehensive array of knowledge and skills that exceed the level taught within the current Australian and New Zealand optical dispensing syllabus. It was previously available as distance learning program, however, Specsavers is now working with ABDO to facilitate face-to-face workshops and examinations in Australia to support the online study component.

A pilot of the locally facilitated program began in September 2018 with five students – three Specsavers dispensers and two students from Deakin University. Following the early success of the pilot intake, ABDO and Specsavers have now opened up enrolment for the course’s first official intake, which will commence in the first week of September 2019.

About the program
The FBDO is a Level 6 qualification undertaken over three years and delivered through blended learning, including practice-based, block release and distance learning coursework. Students are examined at the conclusion of each academic year.

The course has an in-depth focus on all aspects of dispensing practices, ranging from paediatrics to contact lenses and low vision. It also includes in-depth study of abnormal ocular conditions and standards of practice. A full syllabus can be accessed on the ABDO website.

It is a worldwide-recognised qualification that is delivered in 26 countries, and is generally regarded as the gold standard in dispensing education internationally.

Read the pilot intake’s initial thoughts on the FBDO course.

Hear from the supervisors who are guiding and supporting the pilot FBDO students.

Specsavers team members can find out more information about the course and express their interest by contacting Anna-Mary Carroll, Dispensing Development Manager, via anz.certivsupport@specsavers.com

The course is also open to non-Specsavers dispensers, who can access more information and enrolment details via the ABDO College website.