Reference Quantity: ST0383

Particulars of ordinary

Occupational profile

A Spectacle Maker is anybody who makes use of their expertise and labour for the manufacturing and restore of completed, high quality assured spectacles with a variety of prescriptions, coatings and finishes, body varieties and kinds. They are going to be utilizing a variety of supplies for frames, lenses and optical manufacturing and restore instruments and tools. They might be working inside a small glazing workshop or in a bigger manufacturing setting.

Okaynowledge, expertise and behaviours for spectacle making


What’s required – understanding of



Health & Security

  • how to adjust to present well being & security at work laws and rules together with COSHH, PPE within the work setting.
  • secure dealing with of supplies and work processes that guarantee the security of self and others, together with strategies for the secure and sustainable disposal of waste supplies.



  • the properties, makes use of and limitations of supplies used for spectacle making together with forms of resin, plastics, glass and metals.
  • methods for safeguarding, transferring, dealing with and storing supplies.





the important thing optical instruments and tools used, the rules of how they work, and the way they’re ready, maintained and safely used, together with:

  • hand instruments similar to precision screwdrivers and optical pliers.
  • checking instruments together with focimeter, lensmeters, calipers and base clocks.
  • course of instruments together with Laps and pads.
  • slicing, planing and sprucing tools, drills, tinting baths and coating machines.


High quality

  • the appliance and monitoring of the employer’s high quality requirements together with strategies of recording work.


Building of spectacles

  • the method of spectacle making and the weather and rules for the development of spectacles.
  • typical development of spectacles and work observe and any restrictions positioned on the development together with availability of lens varieties / body limitations.


The manufacture, service and restore of spectacles

  • the right way to diagnose, analyse and assess for restore or manufacturing choices.
  • the right way to assess and advise on the suitable degree of intervention that could be required.
  • costings and the method of searching for approval for work.
  • the right way to apply arithmetic and the optical science mandatory for the manufacturing of prescription and non-prescription lenses.
  • attainable manufacturing issues which can happen and the way to reply to them.

Expertise  What’s required – potential to 

Well being & Security and dealing setting

  • preserve good requirements of well being and security for self and for others, utilizing secure working practices.
  • put together and preserve a secure working setting, the place each hand instruments and mechanical instruments are prevalent.
  • determine and minimise hazards and dangers within the working setting.

Technical interpretation and understanding

  • create and interpret technical optical specs, drawings, and different written and verbal directions for the manufacture and restore of spectacles, together with the identification and acceptable response to issues, together with testing and adjustment, searching for recommendation and steerage as acceptable.


Manufacturing and restore processes

  • choose and use the suitable processes, methods, supplies, instruments and tools for manufacture or restore of spectacles and undertake the spectacle making course of from inception to realisation.
  • take away and dismantle elements and merchandise, correcting faults and re-assembly of spectacles to the suitable customary.



Instruments and tools

  • perform testing and adjustment of spectacles, together with lens conformity, body set-up and beauty checks.
  • preserve supplies and tools as acceptable, together with grinding and sprucing tools, meeting instruments, (precision screwdrivers, optical pliers, routers), measuring gadgets (focimeters and lensmeters, base clocks and calipers).

High quality

  • work to the suitable optical high quality requirements and techniques, with environment friendly use of time, supplies and assets.
  • document work and both self-evaluate or get hold of suggestions from others to enhance work and dealing observe.


What’s required – you need to

 High quality focussed

  • comply with insurance policies and procedures, have a robust consideration to element and apply high quality assurance checks by the spectacle restore or manufacturing course of.


  • have a robust skilled work ethic together with delight in your work and a spotlight to element.
  • plan and handle time successfully.

Self- growth

  • hold updated with finest observe and rising applied sciences inside the optical sector.
  • get hold of and provide constructive suggestions to others, and develop and preserve skilled relationships.

Safety oriented

  • concentrate on and undertake the processes and procedures for the secure manufacturing or restore of spectacles for each self and others.


Usually the apprenticeship will take 24 months to finish.


Apprentices with out degree 2 English and maths might want to obtain this degree previous to taking the end-point evaluation.

Hyperlink to skilled registration

Achievement of the usual meets the necessities for eligibility to be admitted as a Freeman of the Worshipful
Firm of Spectacle Makers


This apprenticeship customary is about at degree 3.

Evaluate date

This apprenticeship customary can be reviewed after 3 years.

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