The COBC did not
increase fees at all between 2012 and 2017, but in 2018 there
was an increase to offset inflation and increased costs, which is ongoing and
needs to be considered on a regular basis. In order to ensure that the COBC's statutory programs are effective at meeting program mandates, and to improve
tools related to effective regulation to serve the public interest, the Board
has again requested a moderate increase. This will assist with the
modernization of regulation in BC, which is something the COBC is actively
working on to benefit the public and registrants.
The COBC is also
working towards eliminating the difference between fees for Registered
Opticians and Registered Contact Lens Fitters as we are planning to combine
these requirements into one category in the near future. The accredited
training programs in British Columbia automatically teach both eyeglasses and
contact lenses to all students, and eventually the requirement for registration
will be that all new applicants must successfully complete licensing exams for
both disciplines to be a Registered Optician, resulting in a harmonized or
single license. Those who are not currently licensed to fit contact lenses will
not have to upgrade their education in order to register, but they will not be
allowed to fit contact lenses unless they do.
The requirement for
Opticians to have successfully passed both the Optical Sciences 1 - Eyeglasses
and Optical Sciences 2 - Contact Lenses will only apply to new graduates. This is already a requirement for Opticians in Ontario, and other provinces are
in the process of implementing the same requirements. The exact date that
this will be applicable has not been determined, but further information will
be provided once it has.
If you have any
questions or concerns, please contact the Registrar, Lisa Bannerman, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (604) 742-6472 ext. 6316.
Phone: (204) 927 - 2101