CPUT ND: Optical Dispensing (Nqf Level 6) Course and Fees

Course Information and Fees


ND: (National Diploma)

The purpose of this qualification is to provide graduates with the minimum requirements for accreditation and registration with the Health Profession Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as a dispensing optician.
Career Opportunities

Working as a dispensing optician is a varied and multi-faceted career, which offers a balance between working with people and using modern scientific technology to the benefit of the patient.A dispensing optician analyses a written prescription from an ophthalmologist or optometrist and also considers the lifestyle and working environment of the patient. By taking accurate facial measurements, using sophisticated equipment, applying knowledge of ophthalmic lens materials and interpreting the prescription, the dispensing optician can order, manufacture and process ophthalmic lenses and produce devices to correct defects of vision.

The work also entails screening before visual examinations as well as adjustments, maintenance and repairs to spectacles. The good dispensing optician develops and maintains a long relationship with the patient, which makes the career a rewarding and fulfilling one.

A dispensing optician usually sets up his or her own practice and registers with the HPCSA. The National Diploma in Optical Dispensing is an internationally recognised qualification.

Admission requirements


For all Certificate, Diploma and National Diploma applications, consult the General admission requirements.

General admission requirements

Some courses require students to submit additional information as part of their application.

Additional admission requirements


For all Honours, Masters and Doctorate applications, consult the Postgraduate admission requirements.

Postgraduate admission requirements

Syllabus and fees

First Year

Semester 1 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
Semester 2 Only
Compulsory subject(s):

Second Year

Compulsory subject(s):

Third Year

Compulsory subject(s):
A pass mark in all subjects is required for promotion to the next semester.
Total number of subjects to obtain the National Diploma: 19
Offering Type and Duration
Full-Time / Three years, including one year of approved experiential learning.
Course is offered on District Six Campus.
For any queries get in touch with:
Contact: Angelique Hendricks
Telephone: +27 21 460 3563
Fax: –
Email: hendricksa@cput.ac.za
Contact: Shaun Ketile
Telephone: +27 21 460 3560
Fax: –
Email: ketiles@cput.ac.za

NOTE: The fees in this prospectus are for the 2024 academic year and are provided to assist you in your planning.


This information is subject to change based on approval and accreditation of HEQSF aligned qualifications.

Admission requirements may therefore differ between the existing qualification and the HESQF aligned qualification. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information on this page; however the University reserves the right at any time, if circumstances require, to make changes to any of the published details.

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