Becoming an O&M Specialist

A variety of courses in Australia and New Zealand offer full O&M training or contain some O&M focus. The course you choose will depend on whether you wish to work primarily as an O&M Specialist, O&M Assistant, or whether you wish to have an understanding of O&M in the context of another role. At this point it is up to the individual employer to determine the standard of qualification they require in their staff, so you may wish to contact potential employers first. Many of these courses do not run every year and you will need to contact each course coordinator for more information.


An undergraduate degree in a related field such as Health Sciences, Psychology, Rehabilitation or Education is generally required for entry to these courses. Contact individual course coordinators for specific information on the course you are interested in.

Scholarship Opportunity – Master of Special Education (Sensory Disability) 2016

Newcastle University – Renwick College Campus

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT are offering suitably qualified applicants the opportunity to be considered for a scholarship to undertake the Master of Special Education (Sensory Disability) degree.  Masters Degree Scholarship RIDBC Renwick Centre

2 years part-time

Admission requirements: A bachelor degree in education/teaching, psychology, disability studies, health related field or a related discipline, plus 2 years’ experience working in a relevant field.

Enquiries should be made to: Dr Desiree Gallimore or Claire Farrington, Executive Officer, Graduate Studies, RIDBC Renwick Centre, Tel: (02) 9872-0811 or


Graduate Diploma of Orientation and Mobility

Vision Australia – Kensington, Melbourne

Available in 2016-17, 20 months part-time (face-to-face three days per week).  Vision Australia Graduate Diploma of Orientation and Mobility

Contact: Michelle Sharples