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SPIE Online Courses

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SPIE online courses are versions of our live courses taught by our expert instructors, designed to be taken on your own schedule from your desktop or mobile device. Courses include:

  • Immediate access
  • Slideshow presentations
  • Quizzes to test your retention of the material
  • Supplemental resources
  • Continuing Education Unit credits (CEUs)
  • Course access for one year from purchase

We are continuously adding new online courses. See our list of current online course offerings below. Click on a course to read the description, watch the course preview, and register.

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Current online courses for credit

Practical Optical System Design (SC003) Introduction to Optomechanical Design (SC014)
Fastening Optical Elements with Adhesives (SC015) Fundamentals of Medical Image Processing and Analysis (SC086)
Basic Optics for Engineers (SC156) What Are Lasers Good For? (SC364)
How Light Works (SC365) How Lasers Work (SC366)
Modifying Lasers (SC367) Today's Commercial Lasers (SC368)
Certificate in Understanding Basic Laser Technology: A 5 Part Series SC364-SC368 (SC369) Principles and Advancements in X-ray Computed Tomography (SC471)
Basic Optics for Non-Optics Personnel (SC609) Uncooled Thermal Imaging Detectors and Systems (SC900)
Radiometry Revealed (SC915) Introduction to Lens Design (SC935)
Mounting Optical Components (SC1019) Optical Systems Design: First Order Layout - Principles and Practice (SC1102)
The Proper Care of Optics: Cleaning, Handling, Storage and Shipping (SC1114) Design, Modeling and Fabrication Techniques for Micro-optics: Applications to Display, Imaging, Sensing and Metrology (SC1217)
Optical Technologies and Architectures for Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR) Head Mounted Displays (HMDs) (SC1218) Morphological Image Processing: Principles and Applications (SC1297)
Optical Materials, Fabrication and Testing for the Optical Engineer (SC1086) Introduction to Optical and Infrared Sensor Systems (SC789)
Introduction to Infrared and Ultraviolet Imaging Technology (SC1000) Mirror System Design with Freeform Surfaces (SC1272)
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Coherent and SPIELaser Technology and Applications (WS8000)

This course is a collaboration between Coherent and SPIE to support the academic community. Students and academic staff can obtain a promotional code to access the course for free here. If you are a non-academic attendee, proceeds from your participation will directly benefit the SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship Fund.

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Watch 'Welcome to the Course' and learn about what it is like to take Basic Optics for Engineers (SC156)

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