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Time for a Change?
Are you interested in science, math, business, or fashion? Do you have experience in optics? Are looking for a rewarding career as a health care professional? Opticianry might be right for you!
When you're an optician, you get options. You can be a business owner, a fashion advisor, or master the technical side of optics, manufacturing glasses. Whatever path you choose, you will be sure to find satisfaction, knowing that you are establishing yourself in an essential profession.
There are two options for becoming an optician:
Option 1 - PLAR
If you have a background in optics or health care, you may be eligible to become an optician through the PLAR process.
PLAR stands for Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition and is a process that allows applicants who have not been educated in an accredited Canadian institution the opportunity to become a licensed optician.
Each province handles the PLAR a little differently; the following is a general outline of what you can expect from the process.
1. Application 2. Case Based Interview 3. Competency Gap Analysis 4. Review of Results5. Decision
For more detailed information about each of these steps visit the PLAR page of this website.
Option 2 - Accredited Post-Secondary InstitutionsIf you do not have a background in optics or health care but think opticianry might be a good fit for you. You will need to apply to an accredited institution that offers optician training.
Accredited programs are available at the following institutions:
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)
Le Collège Communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB)
For more information about optician training in Canada, visit the Education of Opticians in Canada page on this website.
Test Your KnowledgeTo be an effective optician in Canada, many different skills and abilities (called “competencies”) are expected and needed. We have developed Competency Self-Assessment and Knowledge Self-Assessment tools to help you understand your strengths and weaknesses as they compare to the skills and abilities required for Opticianry in Canada.These assessments are for your purposes only; your results will not be accessible to any regulator or licensing body. The more accurate you are in your ratings, the more useful the feedback is to you.
For more information about these self-assessments visit the Evaluating Your Skills page on this website.
You can find a complete list of the Competencies for Opticianry in Canada at the NACOR website.