Course Information and Fees

Diploma: OPTICIANRY diploma


Diploma: (diploma)

The purpose of this qualification is to provide graduates with the minimum requirements for accreditation and registration with the Health Profession Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as a dispensing optician.

Career Information
Working as a dispensing optician is a varied and multi-faceted career, which offers a balance between working with people and using modern scientific technology to the benefit of the patient.

A dispensing optician analyses a written prescription from an optometrist or ophthalmologist, taking into consideration the lifestyle and working environment of the patient. By taking accurate facial measurements, using specialised equipment, applying knowledge of ophthalmic lens materials and interpreting the prescription, the dispensing optician can order, manufacture and process ophthalmic lenses and produce devices to correct defects of vision.

As a member of the eye care team, the dispensing optician is also equipped to conduct vision screenings for referral, as well as adjustments, and repairs to spectacles and contact lens modifications. The good dispensing optician develops and maintains an enduring relationship with the patient, which makes the career a rewarding and fulfilling one.

A dispensing optician registers with the HPCSA as an Independent Practitioner, and is therefore able to set up his or her own Opticianry practice. The National Diploma in Optical Dispensing is an internationally recognised qualification.

Career Opportunities
A dispensing optician registers with the HPCSA as an Independent Practitioner and may set up their own opticianry practice. They have a variety of opportunities for employment in private optometric practices and also the public health sector. Career opportunities also exist in the retail and wholesale industries, ranging from technical to sales and marketing. The registered dispensing optician has a number of exciting opportunities available to them including employment with:
• Ophthalmic lens laboratories
• Optical industry representatives
• Private optometry/ opticianry practice
• Public sector hospitals
• Private ophthalmology practice
• Dedicated private sector eye clinics
• Educational institutions

Admission requirements


For all Certificate, Diploma and National Diploma applications, consult the General admission requirements.

General admission requirements

Some courses require students to submit additional information as part of their application.

Additional admission requirements


For all Honours, Masters and Doctorate applications, consult the Postgraduate admission requirements.

Postgraduate admission requirements

Syllabus and fees

First Year

Compulsory subject(s):
Semester 1 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
Semester 2 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
33560 ZAR

Second Year

Compulsory subject(s):
30250 ZAR

Third Year

Compulsory subject(s):
4760 ZAR

Experiential Learning
Students undertake six months of experiential learning under professional supervision at an approved work placement during the third year.

Offering Type and Duration
Full-Time /

Course is offered on District Six Campus.

NOTE: The fees in this prospectus are for the 2021 academic year and are provided to assist you in your planning.



This information is subject to change based on approval and accreditation of HEQSF aligned qualifications.

Admission requirements may therefore differ between the existing qualification and the HESQF aligned qualification. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information on this page; however the University reserves the right at any time, if circumstances require, to make changes to any of the published details.