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SPIE Online Courses

Online courses from SPIE - Train on your own time

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
    • Digital Certificate
    • Course access for one year from purchase


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  • Student Members 50%

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 offering digital certificates

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) Understanding Basic Laser Technology: 4-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)
Introduction to Optical Remote Sensing Systems (SC567) Introduction to LIDAR for Autonomous Vehicles (SC1232)
Stray Light Analysis and Control (SC1199) Introduction to Optical Alignment Techniques (SC010)
Modern Diagnostic X-Ray Sources (SC1183) Lithography Integration for Semiconductor FEOL Fabrication (SC992)
Industrial Ultrafast Lasers for Micro-Processing and Applications (SC1285) Designing and Specifying Digital Cameras (SC1231)
Integrated Opto-Mechanical Analysis (SC254) Tissue Optics (SC029)
Photon Counting CT (SC1129) Introduction to Microlithography: Chemistry, Materials and Processing (SC101-C)
Practical Photoresist Processing (SC616) Silicon Photonics (SC817)
Systems Engineering and Large Telescope Observatories (SC1139) Multispectral Image Fusion and Night Vision Colorization (SC1135)
Electro-Optical Imaging System Performance (SC154) Testing and Evaluation of E-O Imaging Systems (SC067)
Solid State Laser Technology (SC752)


NEW IN 2021: Transcription services and closed captioning are being added to our online courses to increase accessibility. Online courses that include these options will be noted in the course description in the Additional Notes section.

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