Graduates from a Non-Accredited Program & Internationally Trained Applicants

All registration applicants must meet the requirements set out in COBC's Bylaws. Canadian applicants who did not graduate from an accredited opticianry program and internationally trained applicants may apply for registration through the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process. Individuals who have previously registered in another Canadian province but whose licensure is not currently in good standing may also be eligible for PLAR.

The PLAR process is designed to assess an applicant's knowledge, skills, and experience to ensure that they meet the same "entry-to-practice competencies" as an applicant trained through an accredited Canadian program. The process may include one or more multiple choice assessments, as well as an interview.

The assessment results are then combined and reviewed by COBC. COBC will determine whether an applicant requires further training and may recommend educational "bridging" courses. When the applicant is deemed ready, they will be permitted to write the national licensing examination. 

Click here to learn more about the PLAR process.

Steps for Registration
  1. Submit an online application for PLAR
  2. Schedule and complete the PLAR assessments
  3. Receive your results and, if necessary, complete any assigned bridging courses
  4. Successfully complete the national licensing examination(s)
  5. Register with COBC by:

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