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Eligibility

To become eligible to register as an optician in Canada, you must:

1. Complete the PLAR process OR complete an accredited institution training program.

2. Successfully challenge the national licensing exam (NOSE or NACOR exam).

Ready to start the PLAR process?

If you think you are ready to start the PLAR process, and you know which province you would like to live and work in, you can follow the links below to contact the regulatory body in that province or start the application online!

College of Opticians of British Columbia Online Application

Alberta College and Association of Opticians

College of Opticians of Saskatchewan

The Opticians of Manitoba

College of Opticians of Ontario

Ordre d'opticiens d'ordonnances du Quebec

College of Opticians of Nova Scotia

College of Opticians of New Brunswick

Dispensing Opticians Board of Prince Edward Island

College of Opticians of Newfoundland and Labrador


Accredited Post-Secondary Institutions

Do you want to enroll in post-secondary training to become an optician? 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 


Registering as a Licensed Optician

After you have gone through an accredited education program or completed the PLAR process, there may be some time before you can take the national licensing exam. Each province handles this in-between period differently, and the regulatory bodies set their own restrictions for what you are allowed to do. For example, Alberta requires candidates to register as Provisional Opticians for the interim time, and Ontario requires candidates to be Intern Opticians before they can write the NACOR exam.

The list of links below leads to the Registration information for each province:

British Columbia

Alberta

Saskatchewan

Manitoba

Ontario

Quebec

Nova Scotia

New Brunswick

Prince Edward Island: (N/A)

Newfoundland and Labrador: E-Mail, Phone/Fax: 1-709-579-2605


Fee schedule

When you register with your regulatory body, you will need to pay an annual registration fee. The optician regulatory bodies are non-profit organizations, and rely on membership fees to continue to provide services and administer licenses. Your regulatory body enforces legislation and ensures professional conduct, benefiting both you and the public.

The following are links to the fee schedules of the provincial regulatory bodies that are available online:

College of Opticians of British Columbia

Alberta College and Association of Opticians

Opticians of Manitoba

College of Opticians of Saskatchewan

College of Opticians of Ontario

Nova Scotia College of Opticians

Registering as an Optician
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