Certificate in Optical Technology

September 1, 2017
1.5 Years
MQA / FA 0090


Avicenna College   View map



The Programme prepare students to become a competent Optical Technologist  who could perform the various optical laboratory functions such as compounding, filing, and adapting of ophthalmic prescriptions, products and accessories, preparation of ophthalmic lenses, measure, fit and adapt frames and lenses, in accordance with written prescriptions and specifications of qualified Optician, Optometrist and Ophthalmologist.  They interpret ophthalmic prescriptions to provide patients with advice on spectacle frames, lens selection, sunglasses and safety eyewear. Optical dispensers have a detailed understanding of spectacle frames and lenses, including their performance characteristics and effects on vision. They are also trained to perform spectacle repairs and fitting of lenses into frames as part of a unique fashion, health and technology-based industry.

In this certificate program, you will be learning through a combination of on the job learning, face-to-face delivery, and industrial training. The program is divided into three semesters to allow for progress and skill development over time. Each cluster develops your knowledge through theory, hands-on activities, group discussions, industry visits and learning exercises such as researching key terms associated with your role as an optical dispenser. Avicenna College offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work. These are conducted in English. Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, lab reports, presentations, group projects, research projects, logbook, and practical assignments. The programme is fully accredited by the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA).


  • Pass SPM with at least 1 credit for Mathematics or Physics, and
  • Pass Biology or Chemistry or Science, and
  • Pass English subject


  • Manufacturing opticians
  • Dispensing opticians
  • Ophthalmic optical laboratory technicians
  • Optical Sales Representative
  • Proprietors of ophthalmic dispensing firms
  • Business ownership/Franchise partnerships
  • Other positions within optical organizations