Level 4 Diploma for Optical Technicians

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. For holders of this qualification, it is anticipated that exemption will be applied for from Year 1 coursework of the ABDO College Fellowship Dispensing Diploma course.

The course is aimed at anyone who wants to progress within manufacturing. It gives the underpinning knowledge required to understand the principles behind many of the tasks undertaken within surfacing and glazing.

This is a two-year qualification with written examinations at the end of year one which are required before continuing onto year two. At the end of year two there is a further written examination along with a practical examination which includes a project to be completed in the work place.   Candidates who complete all units before March 2021 will receive their diploma from WCSM; those who are yet to complete at that stage can transfer to the comparable qualification offered by ABDO and ABDO will be the awarding organisation for their final diploma.  There will be no change to the standard of this qualification during this transitional phase.