Q: What software and hardware requirements are there?
A: The program is best completed on a high-speed, Internet connected, desktop or laptop computer. There are no other special requirements. Smaller mobile devices can be used but, many of the illustrations, images and videos contain small parts that may be hard to discern on a small screen.
Q: How long will it take me to complete the program?
A: That will depend on you. For someone with no optical experience it would take about 100 hours (2.5 weeks of full time work) to complete the entire course. That includes time to visit an outside lab, shadow an optician for a day and to do some outside study of trade magazines and websites. New material is constantly being added, so this will change over time.
Q: Do I get a certificate for completing the program?
A: Yes! You get a certificate of achievement for each course you complete and a final certificate upon completing the entire program. The final certificate will be mailed to you and it is suitable for framing for your office.
Q: Will I get my optician’s license when I complete the program?
A: No. Only individual states provide licenses.
Q: What other books and materials will I need?
A: We recommend Ellen Stoner’s Optical Formulas Tutorial and an entry level scientific calculator. However, only a basic calculator with a +/- button is required.
Q: Is the OpticianWorks program accredited?
A: No. Only college degree programs offered under the National Federation of Opticianry Schools are accredited.
Q: How does OpticianWorks compare to other programs?
A: We are so confident that our program is better than anything else you will find we offer a 100% money back guarantee. Go ahead, we encourage you to try to find another site that offers so much.
Q: Can I use financial aid or other programs to pay for the program?
A: With prior approval we can set up a payment schedule with a jobs training program.
Q: How much math is involved?
A: Basic arithmetic is all that is required to complete the course. You are expected to use a basic calculator with a +/- button to change from positive to negative. All formulas are shown step-by-step with plenty of examples given. You may also choose to work some of the other formulas that use basic trigonometry but they are not required.
Q: Do I earn credits for the program?
A: No. Only college degree courses earn credits which work towards earning a final degree.
Q: Can I earn CE or continuing education credits for taking the course?
A: No. We do not currently have an agreement with the ABO for you to earn CEs.
Q: How often is the site updated?
A: Almost daily. The site is under constant review and material is updated often. Many of the core concepts never change but we often update illustrations, images, videos and examples.
Q: Do you offer financing or a payment plan?
A: Yes! Only $9.99 a month! 🙂
Q: Can I call you?
A: Yes. However, 99% of communication is by email. Should we decide that a call or Skype session is necessary we will provide you with our numbers.
Q: Do you offer any extra help if I need it?
A: Yes. We often work one-on-one with individuals that are struggling with a specific concept. That may be by email, videos, additional questions or even a Skype session. You also get access to the Facebook group, The Opticians Guild which is a place to connect with others like you.
Q: What do I do if something is not working?
A: Email us. We will fix it. We want to know when something is not so we can get it right!
Q: How do I cancel my membership?
A: Just email keith at laramyk dot com with your request. You will receive notification as soon as your membership has been cancelled. If you do decide to cancel for some reason (or even if you don’t), we would love to hear how we can do a better job.