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.


RIDBC Renwick Centre/Macquarie University program: Master of Disability Studies

Master of Disability Studies, awarded by Macquarie University, delivered in collaboration with Australian Guide Dogs agencies, blended learning, with online and face-to-face units. Contact Claire Farrington:

Click here for information from the Macquarie University website Master of Disability Studies with a specialisation in Sensory Disability 

Click here for information from the RIDBC Renwick Centre website Master of Disability Studies

Click here for information on scholarship opportunities through Guide Dogs NSW/ACT O&M Scholarship Applications


Massey University program: Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching (O&M)

Awarded by Massey University, New Zealand; supported by BLENNZ (Blind & Low Vision Education Network New Zealand). Contact Nicola McDowell:


Blind Foundation/CareerForce program: Diploma Level 7

Accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, sponsored by the Blind Foundation. Contact Dr Nancy Higgins: