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Transferring Skills

Some internationally educated health professionals are not able to gain recognition in Canada for their training and qualifications. They may have skills and interests which will allow for a transition to a career in opticianry in Canada.

Even if your ultimate goal is to return to the profession for which you were trained, transitioning to opticianry is a valuable way of maintaining a connection with health care professionals and earning a living.

The Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process allows professionals with skills and knowledge related to opticianry to pursue this course of action.

Some professions with skills relevant to opticianry include:

  • Optometrists
  • Ophthalmologists
  • Ophthalmic technicians, technologists
  • Medical doctors
  • Ophthalmic technicians
  • Pharmacists

Online Self-Assessments

The first step would be to perform the Competency Self-Assessment and Knowledge Self-Assessment tools provided on this site to see how your skills and knowledge match up with those required of a Canadian optician.

PLAR Process

If you think becoming an optician might be the right path for you, visit the PLAR page of this website for more information about everything involved in the process.

 

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