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SPIE Online Courses provide all the benefits of live training, without the need for travel:

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SPIE Online Courses are versions of our live courses designed to be taken on your time and pace, without the need for travel approval or funding.

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Our courses provide a superior learning experience, including full video of the instructor with synchronized PowerPoint presentations, quizzes to test your retention of the material, and supplemental resources. Try the demo.

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Successful completion of courses earns you CEU (Continuing Education Unit) credits that fulfill your needs for ongoing professional training and education, including your PE certification.

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Online courses are single-user only, but bulk discounts are available to organizations that need training for multiple users.
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Fundamental Optics

Basic Optics for Engineers (SC156)

Basic Optics for Non-Optics Personnel (SC609)

The Proper Care of Optics: Cleaning, Handling, Storage and Shipping (SC1114)

Radiometry Revealed (SC915)

Optical Engineering and Systems Design

Basic Optics for Engineers (SC156)

Introduction to Lens Design (SC935)

Introduction to Optomechanical Design (SC014)

Optical System Design: First Order Layout - Principles and Practices (SC1102)

Practical Optical System Design (SC003)

The Proper Care of Optics: Cleaning, Handling, Storage and Shipping (SC1114)

Radiometry Revealed (SC915)


NEW! Fastening Optical Elements with Adhesives (SC015)

Introduction to Optomechanical Design (SC014)

Mounting of Optical Components (SC1019)


What are Lasers Good For? (Part 1 of a 5 Part Series) (SC364)

How Light Works (Part 2 of a 5 Part Series) (SC365)

How Lasers Work (Part 3 of a 5 Part Series) (SC366)

Modifying Lasers (Part 4 of a 5 Part Series) (SC367)

Today's Commercial Lasers (Part 5 of a 5 Part Series) (SC368)

Certificate in Understanding Basic Laser Technology: A 5 Part Series (SC369)
includes all 5 of the above courses

Medical Imaging

Fundamentals of Medical Image Processing and Analysis (SC086)

Principles and Advancements in X-ray Computed Tomography (SC471)

Professional Development Workshops (free to SPIE Members)

Effective Scientific Papers (WS908)

Effective Technical Presentations (WS897)

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SPIE is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.

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