Level 4 Diploma for Optical Technicians (Fast-Track)
A qualified dispensing optician who has attained FBDO but wants to increase their understanding of the manufacturing industry and broaden their skills and experience can study for this qualification. The Level 4 Diploma for Optical Technicians is regarded by many as the ‘Gold Standard’ for the industry. Holders of the qualification are entitled to use the letters SMC (Tech) after their name. It is tailored to the needs of those who aspire to become senior technicians and supervisors.
The syllabus covers the elements of glazing and the technician’s role not already covered in the FBDO qualification. A practical assessment is required and training may involve workshops to cover some of the practical elements, as well as revision of key concepts.
FBDO’s are exempt from the first year of the Level 4 Optical Technicians' course and half of the second year, but are still required to undertake written and practical examinations. This includes a glazing project.