Qualification details

HLT43707 - Certificate IV in Optical Technology (Release 1)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 25/Mar/2011

Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by HLT43712 - Certificate IV in Optical TechnologyUpdated in V5 - changes to the number of core and elective units to comply with NQC packaging rulesUpdated core WHS units 06/May/2012

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Units of competency

CodeSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Code columnTitleSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Title columnEssential
BSBCUS401A - Coordinate implementation of customer service strategiesCoordinate implementation of customer service strategies N/A
BSBINN301A - Promote innovation in a team environmentPromote innovation in a team environment N/A
BSBWOR203A - Work effectively with othersWork effectively with others N/A
BSBWOR204A - Use business technologyUse business technology N/A
BSBWOR301A - Organise personal work priorities and developmentOrganise personal work priorities and development N/A
BSBWOR402A - Promote team effectivenessPromote team effectiveness N/A
BSBWOR502B - Ensure team effectivenessEnsure team effectiveness N/A
CHCCS311C - Deliver and monitor services to clientsDeliver and monitor services to clients N/A
CHCCS427A - Facilitate adult learning and developmentFacilitate adult learning and development N/A
CHCINF302C - Maintain the organisation's information systemsMaintain the organisation's information systems N/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 399914 Optical Mechanic 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4999-11 Optical Mechanic 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0609 Optical Science 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Health Technical Support 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Optical Mechanic 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 399914 Optical Mechanic 03/Sep/2007 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4999-11 Optical Mechanic 03/Sep/2007 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0609 Optical Science 03/Sep/2007 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 03/Sep/2009 
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Modification History

Not Applicable


This qualification covers the skills and knowledge for the manufacture of ophthalmic appliances that comply with Australian Standards.

Duties may be performed in a range of work environments including manufacturing laboratories, wholesale and retail environments. Workers may be employed within a manufacturing organisation or may be an owner/operator. Workers are expected to work independently and may be responsible for the work of others.

This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeships pathways.

Occupational titles for these workers may include:

  • Optical mechanic
  • Optical technician
  • Shift manager
  • Team leader/supervisor

Pathways Information

Not Applicable

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

Not Applicable

Employability Skills Summary

Refer to the Topic: Introduction to the Employability Skills Qualification Summaries

Packaging Rules


14 units of competency are required for award of this qualification, including:

  • 10 core units
  • 4 elective units

A wide range of elective units is available, including:

  • Group A electives which are recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice
  • Other relevant electives listed below
  • Units of competency to address workplace requirements and packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in Health and/or Community Services Training Packages
  • Where appropriate, to address workplace requirements, up to 2 units of competency packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in other relevant Training Packages

Core units 

BSBWOR203A Work effectively with others 

BSBWOR204A Use business technology 

BSBWOR301A Organise personal work priorities and development 

HLTHIR301B Communicate and work effectively in health 

HLTOHS300B Contribute to OHS processes 

HLTOPD401B Work effectively in the ophthalmic industry 

HLTOPT401B Perform technical procedures for the production of ophthalmic appliances 

HLTOPT404B Implement good manufacturing processes in the ophthalmic industry 

HLTOPT406B Edge and fit ophthalmic appliances 

HLTOPT407B Apply surface coatings to ophthalmic lenses 

The importance of culturally aware and respectful practice 

All workers undertaking work in health need foundation knowledge to inform their work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and co-workers and with clients and co-workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This foundation must be provided and assessed as part of a holistic approach to delivery and assessment of this qualification. Specific guidelines for assessment of this aspect of competency are provided in the Assessment Guidelines for the Health Training Package.

Group A electives  - recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice 

Where work involves a specific focus on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and/or culturally diverse clients or communities, one or both of the following electives is recommended:

HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co -workers 

HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander people 

Other relevant electives 

Electives are to be selected in line with the specified Packaging Rules. Employers may specify that certain electives are required to address identified workplace needs.

BSBCUS401A Coordinate implementation of customer service strategies 

BSBINN301A Promote innovation in a team environment 

BSBWOR402A Promote team effectiveness 

BSBWOR502B Ensure team effectiveness 

CHCCS311C Deliver and monitor services to clients 

CHCCS427A Facilitate adult learning and development 

CHCINF302C Maintain the organisation's information systems 

CHCINF303B Contribute to information requirements in the community sector 

CHCINF606D Manage information strategically 

CHCORG405D Maintain an effective work environment 

CHCORG607C Manage workplace issues 

HLTCOM503C Manage a practice 

HLTFA301C Apply first aid 

HLTOPT405B Monitor implementation of Good Manufacturing Practice in the ophthalmic industry 

TAEDEL301A Provide work skill instruction 


Due to the employment profile of the health industry there are some areas where offering a full qualification would not match industry requirements.

The Optical process work skill set  is recommended for individuals undertaking process work within the optical industry wishing to gain a set of recognised skills.

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