Half Day Operator Laser Safety | Level 3

Course Description

Essential information for those working with or around hazardous lasers.

The operator laser safety awareness course provides a non-mathematical introduction to lasers and laser hazards for those using lasers in the workplace. It provides an introduction to laser safety practice, hazard control and regulation of the use of lasers. This course is aimed at personnel who work with or around hazardous lasers or are required to work in a laser hazard area.
The course will provide a basic awareness of the principles of generation and the characteristics of laser radiation. Differences between conventional light sources and laser sources in relation to their hazard potential to the eye will be highlighted as will the typical standards and good practice. In particular the course will introduce laser safety terminology, the concepts of laser safety officers and laser safety practice in the work place. The expected learning outcomes for this course are:

  • Awareness of the laser classification system and the implication of these classifications
  • Awareness of the hazards posed by lasers 
  • Awareness of laser hazard controls and workplace safety 
  • Awareness of laser safety hierarchy including laser safety officers and their roles
  • Awareness of legislation and laser safety Standards

 A quiz is provided at the end of each section and students are encouraged to attempt the quiz questions (as many times as necessary).
A certificate of attainment test is provided for those wishing to receive a certificate indicating that they have completed this course to a satisfactory level.

 Should I do a higher-level course?The online level 3 operator laser safety course provides a good base knowledge and is recommended as a pre-course activity before attending the level 2 laser safety course. If you register for our level 2 or level 1 laser safety course within 3 months of enrolling in the online level 3 operator laser safety course, we will deduct the purchase price from the enrolment fee.


Course delivery mode 

Online continuous

  • This is a self-paced course offered continually. 

  • You may enrol at anytime and work your way through the material. 

  • You may attempt the test to achieve the certificate of attainment when you are ready.

Individual license* - $88 (inc GST) – click here to register

Multiple licences* – we offer a discounted per person rate for multiple licenses, which can be purchased in groups of 10, 20, 50, 100 or site wide, please contact the Professional Education Courses Unit on 02 6268 8040 or email to ProfEdCourses@adfa.edu.au for more information or to arrange access.   

   * Licenses entitle the user to course access for 12 months. However, please note log-ons will lapse after 1 month but can be renewed without charge for the duration of the license.        

 In-house delivery

For an enhanced outcome where two way communication is encouraged, this is a course is also available for in-house delivery by one of our laser safety experts. Please contact the Professional Education Courses Unit on 02 6268 8040 or email to ProfEdCourses@adfa.edu.au for more information or to arrange a quote.





Trevor Wheatley has active research in laser based quantum optics and optical quantum parameter estimation at UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy. He is a lecturer at UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy and is an active laser safety practitioner with an international profile. He provides laser safety training and services to both Defence Forces and Civilian organisations in Australia and New Zealand. He is the chair of the Standards Australia Committee SF-019 which is responsible for documenting AS/NZS IEC 60825 (and AS/NZS 2211) Standards. He also Australia's head delegate on the IEC TC 76 responsible for developing and maintaining the international laser safety standards from which the AS/NZS Standards are derived. He is the only Australian representative on IEC TC76 WG1, the working group that writes IEC 60825.1 and was integrally involved in the drafting of the current and future editions.

International Electrotechnical Commission 1906 Award [2016]



Dr Andrew Lambert from the UNSW Canberra at ADFA has been involved in providing laser safety short courses under the direction of Dr Geoffrey Cochrane to Department of Defence personnel for more than a decade. He undertakes research in optical signal processing and adaptive optics.