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Are you looking for an exciting career path to take after you graduate from high school in Canada?  A career as a health professional can be one of the most rewarding paths you can choose. Are you interested in math and science, business, health, or fashion? Maybe Opticianry is the right choice for you.

Post-Secondary Options

There are 3 post-secondary paths that you could follow on your way to becoming an optician.

1. Distance delivery – Students work under the supervision of a licensed optician while working independently on their studies.

2. Full time programs – Students attend post-secondary classes on a full time basis with a requirement for practice experience under the supervision of a licensed optician.

3. Part time programs – Students work under the supervision of a licensed optician and also attend some post-secondary classes.

Costs and times vary depending on which option you choose. Training ranges from 2 years to 4 years.

One of the best things about the distance delivery or part time option is the opportunity to make a living while receiving an education. Working in the industry while studying also gives you the chance to gain practical experience and determine if this career is the right fit for you.


Accredited Post-Secondary Institutions

Accredited programs are available at the following institutions:

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)

Douglas College

Georgian College

Seneca College

Oulton College

Le Collège Communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB)

Stenberg College


Test Your Knowledge

To be an effective optician in Canada, many different skills and abilities (called “competencies”) are expected and needed. We have developed a Competency Self-Assessment to help you understand your strengths and weaknesses as they compare to the skills and abilities required for Opticianry in Canada.

For each competency, you will be asked to assess your level of ability:

1. None (I have no ability in this area)
2. Basic (I have ability in this area, but still need to improve my skills)
3. Proficient (I am competent in this area)
4. Expert (I have advanced skills in this area)

This assessment is 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 detailed information about the Competency Self-Assessment 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.

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