The COBC is increasing some of the registration fees for 2019-2020. Click here to review the new fees, which will be in effect as of February 16, 2019. 

The College did not increase fees at all between 2012 and 2017. For the 2018 renewal, 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 College’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 College 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 lbannerman@cobc.ca or (604) 742-6472 ext. 6316.


The existing fees below will only be in effect until February 15, 2019:

Initial Registration


Classification Application Fee Registration Fee Total
Registered Optician 195.00 460.00 655.00
Registered Optician and Contact Lens Fitter 195.00 510.00 705.00
Registered Optician and Automated Refraction Certification 195.00 510.00 705.00
Registered Optician and Contact Lens Fitter and Automated Refraction Certification 195.00 560.00 755.00
Non-Practicing Registrant 195.00 255.00 450.00
Student Contact Lens Fitter N/A 175.00 175.00
Registered Optician and Student Contact Lens Fitter 195.00 510.00 705.00




Renewal Fees


Classification  Application Fee Registration Fee Total
Registered Optician N/A 460.00 460.00
Registered Optician and Contact Lens Fitter N/A 510.00 510.00
Registered Optician and Contact Lens Fitter and Refracting N/A 560.00 560.00
Non-Practicing Registrant N/A 255.00 255.00
Student Contact Lens Fitter N/A 175.00 175.00



Change of Status Fees


Classification Application Fee Registration Fee Total
Non-Practicing to Practicing Registered Optician  N/A 205.00 205.00
Non-Practicing to Practicing Contact Lens Fitter N/A 255.00 255.00
add on Student Contact Lens Fitter N/A 50.00 50.00
add on Contact Lens Fitter N/A 50.00 50.00
add on Automated Refraction Certification   N/A 50.00 50.00




Late Penalties


Classification  Application Fee Registration Fee Total
Registered Optician  N/A N/A 161.00
Registered Optician and Contact Lens Fitter  N/A N/A 178.50
Registered Optician and Student Contact Lens Fitter N/A N/A 178.50
Registered Optician and Contact Lens Fitter and Automated Refraction Certification  N/A N/A 196.00
Non-Practicing Registrant  N/A N/A 89.25
Student Contact Lens Fitter N/A N/A 61.25
NSF Cheque N/A N/A 21.00




Reinstatement Fee


Classification  Application Fee Registration Fee Total
Annually, to a maximum of 3 years N/A 290.00 290.00
Competency Gap Analysis Fee (for applications more than 3 years from the date of suspension) N/A N/A 300.00




Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)


Type Application Fee Registration Fee Total
Document Assessment Fee N/A N/A 215.00
Competency Gap Analysis and Case-Based Interview Fee (for each area of practice) N/A N/A 650.00

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