The Australasian College of Optical Dispensing (ACOD) extends a warm welcome as you explore our website and acquire information that suits your immediate needs.

With over 45 years of industry and vocational education experience, ACOD directors and senior trainers James Gibbins and Chedy Kalach, are passionate about leading this Registered Training Organisation (RTO: 45068) in providing student centred training which is customised, flexible, supportive and responsive.

We look forward to developing a long and sustained partnership with you throughout your career.

INDUSTRY PARTNERS

Courses

Optical Essentials

HLT47815 – Cert IV in Optical Dispensing

BSB30915 – Cert III in Business Administration (Education)

BSB42615 – Cert IV in New Small Business

Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing (New Zealand)

DIRECTORS AND TEACHERS

Our directors and teachers have Industry leading medical education qualifications.

James Gibbins

Director

James has extensive industry and training experience in both Australia and New Zealand. He has a wide association of colleagues and friends in the industry and have been responsible for the training of thousands of students, many of whom he remains in contact  Read more

Chedy Kalach

Director

Chedy has lectured throughout Australia and New Zealand, in a variety of topics covering various subjects such as ophthalmic optics and business management since 2009. Over the years, Chedy has reviewed, edited and taught the Cert IV  Read more

Annie Gibbins

Director

Annie Gibbins is a refreshingly unique keynote speaker who empowers individuals and progressive companies to navigate change with real-world wisdom and independent insights. An experienced CEO, mum of 5, leadership consultant and   Read more

Pegah Noorizadeh

Director

Pegah attended the University of Sydney where she received her B.Pharmacy and B.Dentistry (Hons) degrees with an Australian Dental Association Prize in proficiency in Dental Ethics and Professional Responsibility. She also received a prize  Read more

Trainers Support Staff

April Petrusma

April Petrusma

Trainers Support

April is a dedicated business professional with a strong passion for optics and education. She has extensive experience in business management as well as workplace training, which includes the development  Read more

Adele Brick

Adele Brick

Trainers Support

Adele is currently a practice manager with 5 years experience in the optical industry. Prior to her move into optics Adele had worked in the customer service industry for 14 years and studied education with mathematics. Read more

Carly Toms

Carly Toms

Trainers Support

Carly commenced work as an optical assistant with OPSM in 2005.

When Specsavers launched in Australia in 2008, she made the switch across and has been employed with the company for nearly Read more

Testimonials

”James is a rare educator with people skills few can match. He is almost universally popular with his students, his teaching colleagues, and his professional colleagues. He is a great organizer, has promoted courses he had responsibility for well beyond the level expected, and takes responsibility for all roles he filled. His new venture, with Chedy Kalach - the ACOD, is a logical evolution of his career that will allow him to focus on delivering courses in the optical dispensing field that meet his/their high expectations, unhindered by any general bureaucracy that can affect education outcomes adversely. He has a proven track record of listening to what the 'customer' wants, tailoring courses to meet those expressed 'wants' in both Australian and New Zealand theatres of operation. Few can compete with James' drive & ability & I'm confident he will reach his goals sooner rather than later. Recommended – strongly.”

 Dr Lewis WILLIAMS
Optometrist, PhD
Director: Educational Development International Assoc. of Contact Lens Educators

 
 

”Chedy and James are not only great teachers, they are excellent mentors.”

”Chedy and James are not only great teachers, they are excellent mentors.”

”Learning under James and Chedy is fun, flexible and supportive.”

”Learning under James and Chedy is fun, flexible and supportive.”

“I have no hesitation in recommending Chedy to anyone who wants a quality and professional approach by a very experienced educator in all matters of vision, optical dispensing, and optical practice management. I have known Chedy for the best part of a decade & in that time he has demonstrated repeatedly, his ability to communicate with students, teaching colleagues, and the professions his graduates will join. His new joint venture is a logical extension of his career path thus far & I'm confident he will deliver a better product within the framework of the ACOD where he is one of the decision makes regarding that framework. The ACOD will benefit from the experience of the founders & the focus & experience they will bring to their endeavours.”

Lewis WILLIAMS [Dr] Optometrist, PhD
Director: Educational Development International Assoc. of Contact Lens Educators

”Every student feels like a favourite just the way we like it!”

”Every student feels like a favourite 🙂 just the way we like it!”

”James and Chedy are superb at facilitating student engagement, active learning opportunities and providing constructive feedback.”

”James and Chedy are superb at facilitating student engagement, active learning opportunities and providing constructive feedback.”

”Chedy have James complement each other’s teaching styles which is extremely helpful when meeting the needs of different learning styles.”

”Chedy have James complement each other’s teaching styles which is extremely helpful when meeting the needs of different learning styles.”

James and Chedy’s passion for teaching!! They make things interesting + keep it relaxed while still managing to cover all topics.

“James and Chedy’s passion for teaching!! They make things interesting + keep it relaxed while still managing to cover all topics.”

Really good! Learnt a lot from their teaching style, made me feel more confident.

“Really good! Learnt a lot from their teaching style, made me feel more confident.”

Relevant information, I love the humor. Supportive trainers and environment.

“Relevant information, I love the humor. Supportive trainers and environment.”

Fantastic, well organised!

“Fantastic, well organised!”

The trainers used many different methods and approached each topic differently. A good mixture of theory and practical.

“The trainers used many different methods and approached each topic differently. A good mixture of theory and practical.”

Both James and Chedy are excellent teachers and helped explain many concepts.

“Both James and Chedy are excellent teachers and helped explain many concepts.”

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