Mandatory Continuing Education (MCE) Requirements 

(*For registrants with credit cycles ending in 2018 and 2019 only. Registrants who completed their cycle in 2017 are now on the new Continuing Competency Program)

MCE courses and activities are categorized into four distinct areas of Opticianry:
 
1) EG - Dispensing Practice 
2) CL - Contact Lens Practice
3) RF - Personal Advancement - Related Fields
4) EC - Either Dispensing or Contact Lens Practice

Please note, EC credits can be used towards either your EG or CL requirements

Dispensing Opticians require 21 credits, with a minimum of 12 EG credits.
Contact Lens Fitters require 36 credits, with a minimum of 12 EG credits and 15 CL credits.


SOURCE OF MCE ACTIVITIES
There are 2 continuing education provider categories:

1) Professional Providers (2/3 credits) 

The role of the professional provider is to ensure all registrants have access to their Continuing Education courses and activities, and that their Continuing Education is specific and relevant to Opticianry issues and developments. We require all registrants to obtain at least 2/3 of their Continuing Education credits through Continuing Education courses and activities by professional providers.

The professional providers are:
 All Canadian educational institutions with accredited Licensed Optician programs
 Canadian provincial/national Licensed Optician associations 
 Approved study clubs 
 Recognized Canadian provincial Opticianry organizations

2) Other Providers (1/3 credits) 

Registrants can complete a maximum of 1/3 of their MCE credit requirements through other providers: 
 Private training
 Industry corporations
 Allied professions

Should you have any questions about your MCE cycle requirements, please contact us at (604) 742-6472 or email cdodge@cobc.ca.

How to submit credits:

When your credit cycle is due, please send in the MCE Submission Summary form, along with all of your credit slips as proof of your attendance, to our office. 

For ease of processing and quicker response, we would prefer that you scan and email your credit submission, to the following:
If necessary, you may also mail or fax your submission:
  • Mail: 900 - 200 Granville Street, Vancouver BC, V6C 1S4
  • Fax: (604) 742-6473
You can find application forms, summary forms, and a list of already accredited courses on the right side of the page. 

Please remember, if your MCE cycle ended December 31, 2017, you have started on the new Continuing Competency Program (CCP) as of April, 2018. For more information click here. 

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