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You can train as a Dispensing Optician in Ireland via blended learning with ABDO College. This involves weekly assignments via a virtual learning environment combined with the option of practical training and lectures in the UK. Examinations take place in the UK.


Students are required to become a member of ABDO. Benefits of joining ABDO include:

  • Dispensing Optics magazine
  • Education and professional development through the magazine and the ABDO website
  • Advice and Guidelines on professional practice
  • Membership of the International Opticians Association.
  • CPD webinars and multiple choice quizzes
  • Discounts from:
    • Apple
    • Foyles
    • Holiday Exclusives
    • Holiday Extras
    • ISIC Student discount card
    • Isubscribe
    • Online Ticket Store
    • Open fairways
    • The Economist
    • Trace Me Luggage
    • Cinemas (ROI)
    • My Gym Discounts (ROI)
    • CV & Interview service and free, sector-specific webinars

Find out more about training as a dispensing optician via distance learning.

If you wish to work in Ireland, CORU is the regulatory body for dispensing opticians.

If you have a dispensing qualification already and wish to practice in the UK you will need to apply to the General Optical Council. They will require a copy of the dispensing syllabus you trained with and any other relevant material to map your qualification so that they can let you know whether you qualify for any exemptions from the examinations required to practice as a dispensing optician in the UK.