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Courses at Photonics West

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Join us for in-person training at Photonics West. Topics include optomechanics, AR/VR/MR/HMD, quantum, optical coherence tomography, optical systems design, and more.

SPIE courses are designed to expand your knowledge and skills. Take what you learn in class and apply it directly to your work.

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Advance your skills; build your capabilities

There is more than one reason to take a course.

  • Quickly increase your knowledge on hot topics
  • Strengthen the capabilities of your team
  • Get valuable insights from experts with years of experience
  • Learn valuable skills to help solve the challenges you face
  • Network with peers facing the same challenges
  • Earn shareable digital badges and certificates

Learn about NEW courses


View some of the courses new this year by clicking each one below.

Scientists, engineers, technicians, or managers who wish to learn more about how to deploy rugged optical and electronic systems in real-world environments for high-throughput sampling. Undergraduate training in engineering or science is assumed.

Engineers and scientists who are working on photonic devices and their optimization. Good understanding of photonics is assumed, but no computational or programming experience is needed.

The course is intended for engineers and physicists with a background in optics or biomedical imaging. The course will be of value to anyone interested in using photoacoustic systems, interpreting their data, or developing their own systems.

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This course is intended for scientists and optical engineers who are involved in creating optical systems that must operate in the optical turbulence channel and need to understand the laser propagation phenomena that impose limitations on system performance and how that performance can be improved.

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The course is intended for those who need to learn how to engineer camera systems. This course is for graduate students, scientists, engineers, and managers who are involved in the development of systems that use compact camera modules, test them, or need to specify them. Attendees should have a basic knowledge of engineering or physics. No previous detailed knowledge of device physics or optics is assumed.

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Engineers, technicians, managers, and scientists who wish to learn more about photometric measurements (incl. devices and their relation to human vision) and the characterization as well as specifications of light sources, LEDs and displays. Basic knowledge in optical measurements is assumed.

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This course will benefit students, researchers and team leaders working with Displays or Mixed Reality hardware. Undergraduate engineering or science training and basic optics and ray tracing knowledge are assumed.

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This course is intended for laser engineers and researchers designing and building pulsed laser devices. They should already have some basic knowledge of lasers.

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SPIE Member discounts


SPIE Members receive discounts on courses, which are applied at the time of registration. SPIE Student Members receive even greater discounts on courses, particularly during early registration.

For more information contact education@spie.org.

Not an SPIE Member? Purchase Membership with your registration and receive your discount right away.

Frequently asked questions


• Check in at the Registration Desk to get your badge and course ticket.

• Go to the Course Desk.*

• Have your badge scanned and exchange your course ticket for your course materials and the classroom location.**

* The Course Desk is usually in the same location as the Registration Desk. If not, ask the volunteer who checked you in – they will know!

** Your course materials serve as your actual ticket to enter the classroom. Do not go to the classroom without picking up your course materials first. As such, be sure to do this step at least 30 minutes before your first course starts to get to the classroom on time.

Course registrations include a printed copy of the course materials. Some courses may include textbooks. Check the course descriptions for more information.

Yes, most people collect materials for multiple courses at the same time.

Classroom locations are provided on site when you collect your course materials. Locations vary and courses may be held in a different location than the conferences.

We recommend coming to the Course Desk at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the course to give yourself time to collect your materials and walk to your classroom.

As a courtesy to the instructor and other attendees, please arrive at the classroom at least five minutes prior to, but no later than the posted start time.

Course materials can be picked up any time before the scheduled date and time of your course, but it is a good idea to pick them up at least 30 minutes prior. Remember, you will not be allowed access to your classroom without them.

Yes, you may register on site for courses that still have open seats. However, we recommend registering for courses early to ensure you get a seat in the course you want. Courses do fill up, so a seat may not be available. Also, courses without sufficient registration three weeks prior to the event are subject to cancellation.

No, there are no waitlists for courses. Be sure to register early to secure your seat in the course you want.

Sometimes, a course instructor becomes unavailable and needs to cancel their course. Or, if there is an insufficient number of registrations three weeks prior to the conference, SPIE reserves the right to cancel a course.

In either event, you will be contacted by SPIE staff via email.

You may transfer your registration to a different course or ask for a refund before 12 January 2024.

If you cancel you will receive a full refund for the course, less a $75 USD service charge for processing the refund, if the request is made before this date.

PLEASE NOTE: All transfer requests and registration fees will be forfeited after this date.

No, the in-person courses will not be recorded. You must take the course on site at the specified time.

No, there is no option to attend an in-person course virtually. The course is not recorded so registrants will not receive a recording after the event. You must take the course on site at the specified time.

SPIE has a broad portfolio of online courses. These courses are versions of our live courses, taught by the same experts, but accessible at a time and place that work for you. But not all of our courses at conferences are available in this format.

To see the current list of online offerings and to get more information, visit SPIE Online Courses.

Yes, SPIE awards digital badges and certificates to participants who attend in-person courses at events. Certificates will be sent via email to attendees approximately eight weeks after the conference has ended.

To receive these digital credentials, you must:

  • Be present for the entire course
  • Complete the course quiz
  • Fill out the course evaluation
  • Fill in your contact information in the space provided
  • Drop the completed quiz and evaluation form in the Course Evaluation Box in the classroom or at the Course Desk

More information about digital credentials can be found at SPIE Badges and Certificates.

If you have more questions about these courses, please contact education@spie.org for assistance.

Preview upcoming courses

Watch recordings from the free instructional webinar series and preview several courses scheduled at Photonics West.

This instructional series provides an introduction to various optics and photonics topics while also offering a preview of some of our most popular courses.