Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) Examinations


ABDO, the Association of British Dispensing Opticians, represents 6,361 qualified dispensing opticians in the UK. The Association also has 222 members overseas, 352 associate members and 1,622 student members worldwide.

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Dispensing Optics

This course is being delivered under the Dispensing Handbook (2011):

  • Awarding Body - Dispensing

The last intake for this qualification was the 2022/23 academic year.

This course is being delivered under the Education and Training Requirements (2021):

  • ABDO Level 6 Diploma in Ophthalmic Dispensing

The first intake for this qualification is the 2023/24 academic year.

Contact lens

This course is being delivered under the Contact Lens Handbook (2007):

  • Awarding Body - Contact Lens

Latest quality assurance reports

Programme Last visit Approval status Latest report Requirements
Ophthalmic Dispensing Diploma September 2019 Full approval ABDO Exams Dispensing Visit Report Sept 2019 Dispensing Handbook (2011)
Contact Lens February 2022 Full approval ABDO Exams CL Visit Report Feb 2022   Contact Lens Handbook (2007)