Certified Dispensing Optician

Scheme Name :

Certified Dispensing Optician may also be called as Vision assistant/vision technician

Scope :

This scheme is defined for Assessing the existing skill sets under recognition of prior skill for currently working Ophthalmic or dispensing opticians henceforth to be called “Optician/ Vision Assistant/ Vision Technician”.

Job Role :

  1. To perform primary vision testing with the use of mechanical devices and procedures as Auto-refractometer, retinoscopy etc. in order to find out refractive error and provide suitable optical correction in form of spectacles, powered ophthalmic lenses etc.
  2. Dispense the best fitting frame to the customer keeping in mind the customer needs and occupational requirements.
  3. Verify customer’s spectacles power given by others and dispense the glass according to the final prescription
  4. To make or repair spectacles
  5. To make, to fit ophthalmic lenses in spectacle frames
  6. To help client to choose right frame, ophthalmic lenses, lenses. Also can explain technical features of lenses
  7. Must refer client to ophthalmologist in case of any eye pathologies, un-improving vision with pinhole and un-improving vision after full correction of refractive error, any other condition that cannot be addressed by optical correction
  8. Participate in government programmers of eradication of blindness and to create eye health awareness among general public
  9. Handle each customer in a different way according to the queries raised by the customer.

Boundaries\Limitations :

  1. Should not prescribe and use ANY type of medication or perform any surgical or invasive procedure.
  2. Shall not put Dr. or Doctor or Optometrist in front of the name on the basis of this Certification.
  3. Shall not diagnose & counsel to client, about any ophthalmic or medical condition but only regarding Optical corrections and refractive Errors.

Required Competency :

  1. Currently working as Optician and who having experience of 1 to 2 years in Optical Field.
  2. To have the experience of Basic Eye testing for the purpose of making spectacles, lenses etc. and identifying and correcting errors of refraction.
  3. Scientific dispensing of visual aids according to prescription and patient requirement.
  4. Prepare and interpret spectacle prescription independently
  5. Accurate measurements of frame, lenses, inter pupillary distance, facial measurements, centration and decentration of lenses.
  6. Proficiency in structure of an eye and optics terminology in order to counsel the patient properly
  7. Selection and measurement of frames according to principles of occupational and cosmetic dispensing.
  8. Proficiency in dispensing progressive and other technically advanced lenses.
  9. Identification of cases for referral to optometrist and ophthalmologist.

Abilities :

  1. Ability to communicate information verbally and visually.
  2. Ability to read and write, analyze an understand.
  3. Physical capabilities such as Vision & Hearing is required.

Pre-requisites :

  1. Currently working optician and mini. 1 year experience in the Optical field.
  2. As recognition of existing/ prior skills; no formal education is required.
  3. Experience in the optical Industry.
  4. Experience of using lensometer, Auto-refractometer, retinoscopy, trial case, trial frames, Vision drum and repairing equipment
Eligibility Criteria (Education and Experience)
Course Education Experience
Certified dispensing Optician 0 to 5th Min. 10 Year of Exp.
6th to 10th Min. 05 Year of Exp.
10th & above Min. 01 Year of Exp.

Code of Conduct :

  1. Exercise your professional judgment and use your professional skills to the best of your ability
  2. Respect and protect confidential information.
  3. Should not prescribe and use ANY type of medication or perform any surgical or invasive procedure.
  4. Shall not put Dr. or Doctor or Optometrist in front of the name on the basis of this Certification.
  5. Shall not diagnose & counsel to client, about any ophthalmic or medical condition but only regarding Optical corrections and refractive Errors.
  6. In case of Malpractice or change in capabilities with regards of scope of this certificate, immediately inform to the certifying body without delay.

Documents will be verified by IIPS :

  1. Exam Application Form
  2. Two passport size photographs
  3. Last Qualification Documents
  4. Aadhar Card
  5. Experience Letter

Documents to be submitted before certification :

1.Role of an optician (Certified person agreement)

For initial certification all competency should be meet.

Exams :

1. Internal Assessment :

  • Written Papers of 140 Marks

2.Final Assessment :

  • Written Paper of 60 Marks
  • Practical (Viva) Exam of 800 Marks

IIPS will send the internal / continuing assessment paper directly to the candidate, Candidate has to submit this assessment back to IIPS for marking and to complete initial assessment.

Passing Criteria :

The passing criteria for theory is 50% & for the practical exam it is 75%.

Re-Exam :

  1. It will be conducted whenever student absent or fail.
  2. After 15 days the exam will be re-schedule and if student pass then will send certification.

Re-certification :

  1. The certificate provided has a validity if 5 years from the date issue. Then every candidate shall undergo refortification every 5 year.
  2. If organisation / client / government or NSDC change the scope of the certification, job role or Subject is added or reduced (vice versa) in this scheme or program or the program structure, then IIPS can make the necessary changes in the assessment. 

Procedure of recertification for candidate:

  1. Candidate must apply for recertification within six month of validity date of his/her certificate.
  2. Candidate shall fill the online/ offline application form for recertification
  3. Following documents are to attached along with form:
    • Copy of existing certificate to be renewed
    • Self-declaration with signature declaring that one has attended at least 3 exhibitions/ seminars/training programmers related to his/her area of primary work.
    • Payment of Rs. 2500/- to be made online to IIPS account and attach proof of payment.
  4. Once all the formalities mentioned above are completed, candidate will receive date and time of skill/practical exam, where he has to demonstrate any one of his skill within the scope of certification as asked by examiner.
  5. On completing the process successfully, candidate will be recommended for recertification
  6. IIPS certification decision body will take the decision on re-certification within 30 working days from completion of exams.
  7. Candidate will receive new certificate with renewed validity date (5 years from date of issue) within 60 working days from date of exam.
  8. If candidate fails to prove his skill in exam or produce self-declaration or any extra document like proof of attendance (if applicable) of seminars/exhibition etc. IIPS reserves the right to deny the recertification or ask to apply again within 6 months from the date of denial of recertification

Procedure of verification of certified person :

  1. If any interested party required the information of a certified person then he have to fill the certificate verification format or send details by mail.
  2. With the attached scan copy of certificate & Marksheet.
  3. IIPS will Verify the students details as per request.
  4. If required IIPS can send the person to verify the certificate onsite.
  5. Once verification is done IIPS will revert mail to interested party.