COVID-19: Information for Registrants
Many of you have reached out to us expressing concerns about COVID-19 and the risk of continuing to provide opticianry services. We have put together some essential guidelines that will hopefully address the most frequently asked questions.
Office Closure: Aug. 27 - Sept. 7, 2018. *Update - Service Interruption: Week of Sept. 10, 2018
Between August 27 and September 7, 2018 the College moved to a new office location, located at:
900 200 Granville Street
*Please note that as we complete this transition, we remain without phone service the week of Sept. 10. We apologize for any inconvenience with this temporary service interruption; please reach out to us via email for any assistance, at email@example.com, and we'll be happy to respond.
Board of Directors Election Results
College of Opticians of BC held their 2017 Election for two vacant Board of Director positions.
College of Opticians of British Columbia Board Meeting
Attend the COBC Board Meeting
Practice Advice: COVID-19 coronavirus
Practice advice for opticians following the recent spread of COVID-19 coronavirus
Join us for the February Board Meeting to find out what we are working on.
Hiring a Program Manager
Job Type: Full time
Salary: Based on experience
Number of Positions Open: 1
Start Date of Employment: September 2017
Deadline: August 31, 2017
Website Address: www.cobc.ca
Become a Volunteer with the College
The College is looking for volunteers to be a part of a dynamic and innovative team. We are looking for Opticians to sit on the Registration Committee and Inquiry Committee.
Recruiting for a Registrar
An exciting leadership opportunity
Nomination to the College Board of Directors - District 1 Lower Mainland
The College is looking for leaders to be nominated from the Lower Mainland to the Board to help regulate the profession. The College is responsible for setting and enforcing the standards of opticianry. As a self-regulating profession, the Board of the College has the important duty of overseeing the College's regulatory activities and is accountable for how the College operates.
Continuing Competency Workshop
The COBC is holding a free workshop on Sunday, November 19, 2017 in Prince George to help introduce the new Continuing Competency Program! Check out the time and location below:
Update: Board Vacancies
The College will hold an election in December to fill a vacancy on the Board. A second vacancy will need to be filled by appointment, so registrants are encouraged to apply with their resume for consideration.
Board Election 2017
2017 Election for the Board of Directors: District 1
Notice of Office Closure for the Holiday season.
Office Closure - Monday, August 6, 2018
Please note our office will be closed on Monday, August 6, 2018
Office Closure - July 2, 2018
Please note we will be closed for the long weekend.
Nominations to the College Board of Directors - District 3 (Okanagan & Kootenays) and District 5 (Contact Lens Fitter)
The College is looking for leaders to be nominated to the Board of Directors. The College is seeking nominations for licensed Contact Lens Fitters from any BC region, as well as nominations for opticians (with any designation) in the Okanagan & Kootenays area.
Board Meeting & AGM
Join us for our Board Meeting & AGM in November.
Board Meeting: February 4, 2019
Join us for our first Board Meeting of 2019.
Board of Directors Election Results: 2018
College of Opticians of BC held their 2018 election to fill a vacancy on the Board of Directors.
New Dates - Notice of Discipline Hearing - Shahla Najafian-Seisan
COBC will hold a hearing regarding Shahala Najafian-Seisan (Vancouver BC) on February 10-11, 2020. The hearing will be held at the College office at 900-200 Granville Street, Vancouver BC. Each day the hearing will commence at 10:00am PST.
Office Closure - Monday, October 8, 2018
Please note that our office will be closed on Monday, October 8 for the holiday.
Update: Board Vacancies
The College is seeking interest from registrants to join our Board of Directors, so registrants are encouraged to apply.
Nominations to the COBC Board of Directors - District 2 (Vancouver Island) & District 4 (Cariboo)
The COBC is looking for leaders to be nominated to the Board of Directors. The COBC is seeking nominations for licensed opticians (with any designation) in the Vancouver Island and Cariboo areas.
Office Closure - Dec. 22, 2018 - Jan. 1, 2019
Please note that our office will be closed between December 22, 2018 - January 1, 2019.
Board Meeting: May 4th 2019
Join us for our Spring Board Meeting.
Board Meeting: August 23, 2019
Join us for our August Board Meeting.
COVID-19 Update on Essential Services
The Provincial Health Officer previously issued an update addressed to all regulated health professionals in BC requesting they limit delivery of in-person services.
College of Opticians of BC welcomes government's proposed reforms to regulatory framework
Earlier today, the Ministry of Health outlined a bold proposal for modernizing B.C.’s health regulatory framework.
COVID-19 Update: Return to Work
Guidance to enable registrants to begin to safely resume providing in-person community care for patients in British Columbia is now available.
COVID-19 COBC Update
Office staff working remotely due to spread of COVID-19
Board Meeting and AGM
Join us for our Board meeting and AGM in November.
Office Closed - August 5, 2019
Please note that our office will be closed on Monday, August 5, 2019.
Practice Advisory: Blue Light Lenses
A statement in response to the concerns recently raised on CBC Marketplace concerning blue light lenses.
Holiday Closure December 2019
The COBC office will be closed for the holidays from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th of December and Tuesday 31st and Wednesday 1st of January.
COVID-19 Resource Page
The College of Opticians of BC has created a COVID-19 Resource Page
Public Notice: Consent Order, Shahla Najafian-Seisa #1369
Public notice posted for proposal of consent.
A statement from the College of Opticians of BC on systemic racism
Systemic racism is not unique to the United States but reaches into every corner of our world.
COBC Fee Increase 2020
College of Opticians of British Columbia is increasing some of the registration fees for 2020-2021. Please click here for fees, which will be in effect as of February 10th, 2020.
Update: Board of Director Vacancies
College Board of Directors have appointed two registrants to fill Board vacancies
Renewal is Now Open
The renewal portal is now open. Please click here to renew your license for 2020-2021.
Important Update Regarding National Exams and COVID-19
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all national examinations scheduled in May and June of 2020 have been POSTPONED.
Board Meeting: August 6th 2020
August Board Meeting Information
A message from NACOR about fall exams
The following information is a brief update on the fall sittings of the national examinations.
Intermittent Email Issues
If you are looking for an email or reply from us, please check your junk mail to see if it has been delivered
Public Hearing Notice: Tom Hoedeman #1012
COBC will hold a hearing into the conduct of Tom Hoedeman (Chilliwack BC). The meeting has been postponed. Dates are to be determined.
Canada Day Closure
The College of Opticians of BC will be closed on July 1st
Regulatory reform recommendations from the BC Ministry of Health
The BC Ministry of Health has announced its recommendations to modernize the provincial health profession regulatory framework in British Columbia.
Save the date - COBC November board meeting and AGM
You are invited to join us for our upcoming board meeting and AGM on Tuesday November 17, 2020.
Call for Nominations for Board of Directors - District 1 (Lower Mainland)
COBC is seeking nominations for licensed opticians in the Lower Mainland, who are interested in joining the Board of Directors.
Public Notice: Consent Order, Tom Hoedeman #1725
Public notice posted for proposal of consent.
COBC Annual Report 2019-202 now available
The 2019-2020 Annual Report covers highlights of the COBC's initiatives for the fiscal year of April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020.
In Plain Sight: Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in B.C. Health Care
An independent review into Indigenous-specific discrimination in BC's healthcare system
COBC board nominees confirmed
The College will be holding an election in December, 2020, to fill two upcoming vacancies on the COBC Board.
Board Meeting January 26, 2021
January board meeting information.
Holiday Closure December 2020
The COBC office will be closed for the holidays from Thursday, December 24 to January 1.
Board of Director Election Results
College of Opticians of BC held their 2020 Election for two Board of Director positions.