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This is an academic certificate that prepares students for occupations in visual technology services. This is the first certificate in an Optical Technology series that has common courses with a more advanced certificate in contact lens technician. The Optical Technician certificate for eyeglass dispensing is 17 units. This program is designed to be a full-time or part-time certificate that is 75% online. The certificate includes online classroom instruction, in-person laboratory practice, and an internship in a vision services or retail opticianry business where students will assess patients and provide eyeglass fitting services. Skills that will be learned include eyeglass fitting and adjustment, manufacturing of lenses and frames, and business concepts for optical services. This certificate will lead to industry certification for optical technician.


Upon completion of the Optical Technician certificate, students will be prepared for the American Board Optician (ABO) exam offered through The American Board of Opticianry. Passing this exam then allows one to apply for registration in the State of California. This evidence of competence is recognized throughout the United States.

In addition, graduates will be able to apply for registration as a Registered Spectacle Lens Dispenser with the California State Board of Optometry.

A Live Scan Background check is required in order to apply to become registered.

Cost of Attendance (COA)

Students who meet certain requirements are eligible for tuition fee waivers. Applicants are encouraged to check with the Financial Aid Office for possible assistance before entering the program.

Cost of Attendance – Optician Technician
Expense Details Cost
Tuition $46.00/unit for 17 units $782.00
Student Fees Parking, student representation fee, Health Services fee, Universal Transit Pass fee for 2 semesters 87.00

Cost of textbooks if purchased new


Lab coat/uniform, special supplies, transportation to internship

Approximate Total $1,519.00