The College of Opticians of British Columbia is increasing some of the registration fees for 2021-2022. Please see below for the fees, which will be in effect as of February 15, 2021.

COBC fees are increased to offset inflation and increased costs incurred by the ongoing evolution of regulation in BC and the increasing demands on COBC that result. This is something that will continue to be a consideration each year. 

To read the COBC’s annual and financial report, please click here

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Registrar, Lisa Bannerman, at lbannerman@cobc.ca or 604-742-6472 ext. 6316.

Application fees
First-time application (one-time, mandatory)  $195.00


Licensing fees
Optician  $625.00
Optician and contact lens fitter $650.00
Optician with automated refracting certification  $675.00
Optician and contact lens fitter with automated refracting certification $700.00
Non-practicing $275.00


Change of status fees (after renewal)
Non-practicing to practicing: Optician $350.00
Non-practicing to practicing: Optician and contact lens fitter $375.00
Non-practicing to practicing: Optician with automated refracting certification $400.00
Non-practicing to practicing: Optician and contact lens fitter with automated refracting certification  $425.00
Add-on: Contact lens fitter $25.00
Add-on: Automated refracting certification  $50.00


Late renewal fees
Practicing $200.00
Non-practicing $96.25


Reinstatement fees
Reinstatement within first year of suspension (0 years to 1 year, less a day) $200.00
Reinstatement within second year of suspension (1 year to 2 years, less a day) $290.00
Reinstatement within third year of suspension (2 years to 3 years, less a day)  $580.00
Reinstatement after three years of suspension  $870.00
Reinstatement assessment for core skills & eyeglasses  $300.00
Reinstatement assessment for core skills, eyeglasses & contact lenses $600.00


Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) fees
Document assessment fee (one-time, mandatory)  $225.00
Assessment for core skills & eyeglasses $650.00
Assessment for core skills, eyeglasses & contact lenses $1,300.00

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