The Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board’s (ODOB, the Board) primary purpose is to protect the health and safety of the public by ensuring that Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians are competent and fit to practice.
The Board regularly assess prescribed education and training programmes (qualifications) against its robust accreditation standards. These standards apply to all prescribed education and training programmes that enable graduates to apply for registration as Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians in New Zealand.
The Board has timely, proportionate, and transparent accreditation and monitoring mechanisms to assure itself that the education providers and programmes it accredits, deliver graduates who are competent to practise the relevant profession.
The Board’s accreditation processes are:
- Accreditation of education and training programmes for Optometrists
- Accreditation of education and training programmes for Dispensing Opticians.
Accreditation of education and training programmes for Optometrists
The Board and the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ) work together on accrediting the education providers and programmes for Optometrists.
The following accreditation standards are jointly agreed and applied by OCANZ and the Board:
- Accreditation standards and evidence guide for entry-level Optometry Programmes (2017)
- Accreditation standards and evidence guide for programmes of study in ocular Therapeutics (2017)
You can access information relating to the joint accreditation standards and joint processes via the OCANZ website. Information relating to accreditation can be found here. The accreditation status and summary for all Australian and New Zealand education providers and their programmes can be found here.
Of the eight accredited education providers offering prescribed programmes for Optometrists in both countries, one education provider is based in New Zealand:
Accreditation of education and training programmes for Dispensing Opticians
It is the Board’s role to ensure that the quality of training and education programmes offered by accredited and recognised education providers is of a high standard.
The Accreditation standards for Optical Dispensing programmes (2022) are used to accredit and recognise education providers offering programmes that will allow their qualified Dispensing Opticians to register with the Board in New Zealand.
- Accreditation standards for Optical Dispensing programmes (2022)
- Guidelines for accreditation of education and training programmes for Dispensing Opticians (2022)
The following education providers and programmes have been accredited by the Board:
- Australasian College of Optical Dispensing (ACOD) (Sydney, NSW; Australia) – Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing
- TAFE Digital (Previously OTEN/TAFE) (Strathfield, NSW; Australia) – Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing
- RMIT University, School of Vocational Engineering, Health and Science (Melbourne; Australia) – Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing
- Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) College (London; United Kingdom) – Fellowship Diploma examinations (FBDO)
The next cycle of accreditation for education providers and programmes for optical dispensing programmes will be 2022 to 2024.
For more information about accreditation, please contact the Registrar at Registrar@odob.health.nz.