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Advanced Certificate of Performance in Ophthalmic Dispensing and Refraction

Topic:Applied & Health Sciences

Course Type:Short & Modular Courses

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  • Course Date:

    04 Mar 2023 to 15 Aug 2023
  • Registration Period:

    26 Jan 2023 to 12 Feb 2023
  • Time:

    08:00 AM to 11:00 AM,
    120 hours / 6 months (PT)
  • Mode of Training:

  • Venue:

    Singapore Polytechnic
  • Funding:

    Eligible for SkillsFuture Credit


Course Objective

This course is specially designed to impart refraction skills to opticians with no previous experience in refraction.

Course Outline

This course is designed to impart refraction skills to opticians who have successfully completed the Advance Certificate of Performance in Ophthalmic Dispensing.

The course duration is 6 months, delivered part-time with One-the-Job-Training assignments.
It will include modules such as vision and visual acuity, objective and subjective refraction techniques, near additions for presbyopes and hands-on refraction practice.

1. Vision and visual acuity
2. Objective and subjective refraction techniques
3. Near additions for presbyopes
4. Hands-on refraction practice
5. OJT (On-the-Job-Training Assignments)

Mode of Assessment

Participants are required to pass assigned practical tests, written tests and fulfilled required assignments.

Minimum Requirements

Applicants must possess: 
1. Certificate of Performance in ACOPOD issued by Singapore Polytechnic ONLY
2. Must be employed as a FULL-TIME staff by an optical outlet in Singapore.

Important Note:
1. Most suitable registrant will be selected on a 1st come 1st served basis.
2. Applicants who do not meet the entry requirement will not be accepted into the course.
3. PACE reserves the right to withdraw or reject applicant for any false declaration submitted.

Certification / Accreditation

• Certificate of Performance (electronic Certificate will be issued)
A Certificate of Performance will be awarded to participants who pass the examination and meet at least 75% attendance rate

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Course Fees

Full Fees (before GST): $3,900.00

Applicants/Eligibility SkillsFuture Funding GST* Subsidised Fee (after GST)
Singapore Citizens aged 40 and above¹ $2,730.00 $312.00 $1,482.00
Singapore Citizens aged below 40 $1,950.00 $312.00 $2,262.00
Singapore Permanent Residents and LTVP+ Holders $1,950.00 $312.00 $2,262.00
SME-sponsored Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and LTVP+ Holders² $2,730.00 $312.00 $1,482.00
Others (Full fees payable) $0.00 $312.00 $4,212.00

*As announced at Budget 2022, there will be no increase in government fees and charges for Singaporeans from 1 Jan 2023 to 31 Dec 2023. Also, as per SSG’s policy, the GST payable is calculated based on prevailing GST rate of full course fees (before GST)

Singaporeans aged 25 years and above may use **SkillsFuture Credit balance to offset respective course fees.

1 Under the SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy. For more information, visit the SkillsFuture website here
2 Under the Enhanced Training Support for Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Scheme. For more information of the scheme, click here. To view SP’s list of similar funded courses, click here. Please submit the attached “Declaration Form for Enhanced Training Support Scheme for SME” together with your online application.

Funding Incentives

Please click here for more information on funding incentives.

Application Procedure

1. All applications must be made via Online Registration at

Documents Required for Registration

- A clear copy (back and front) of NRIC for Singaporeans and PRs, or 'Employment'/ 'S' Pass for foreign applicants
- A copy of Letter of Employment by an optical outlet in Singapore
- A copy of Certificate of Performance in ACOPOD issued by Singapore Polytechnic
- A copy of completed Declaration Form

Course fees can be paid by the following payment modes:

a) Credit Cards, Internet Banking, NETS (Not Applicable for company sponsored)
For e-payment using Visa/Master cards and Internet Banking, please click on the ‘Make e-Payment’ button on the acknowledgement page to proceed.

b) For NETS payment, you can pay at:
Singapore Polytechnic
One-Stop Service Centre

c) For payment via PayNow, please enter the UEN No. T08GB0056ACET and indicate the invoice/registration number. 

*With effect from 1 August 2021, cheque payment will not be available.

2. All successful applicants will be notified with a letter of confirmation via email.

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