Optical assistant apprenticeship

Identify the appropriate optical device to meet the customer’s needs

This apprenticeship has three options: Option 1: Screening assistant, option 2: Contact lens assistant, or option 3: Domiciliary optical assistant (working in people’s homes or care settings). Your main purpose is to interpret a prescription to identify the appropriate optical device to meet the need of the prescription and customer. You’ll need to review spectacles for quality, prescription, measurement and accuracy and the effects on the eye and vision.  As an optical assistant apprentice, you’ll be able to identify the appropriate optical appliance, such as spectacles, contact lenses or magnifiers to meet the individual’s needs, and be able to explain the features and benefits of these, using non-technical, customer friendly language. A great problem solver, you’ll manage customer expectations ensuring that products meet the specification. You’ll work in the healthcare industry including small practices, large multiple practices, or within a person’s home or care facility. This is a support role assisting an optometrist or the dispensing optician.


Duration: 18 months

Relevant school subjects: Science

Entry requirements for the optical assistant apprenticeship: Depend on employer, but likely some work experience

Achievement upon completion: Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £22,000 per annum

Find out more: www.apprenticeshipguide.co.uk

Order the 2023-4 printed Guide

Order Now
Printed App Guide
Dive Right in, Start Your Apprenticeship Search Now

Or still want to find out a little more first? Read our FAQ’s or visit our guidance section.

Follow our socials for apprenticeship tips and resources: