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Opticians who are licensed and registered with the College provide a measure of assurance to British Columbian health care consumers that they are properly trained, professionally competent, follow a standard of care, behave ethically, and are held to a higher level of accountability for their actions.

As Opticians who are licensed and registered with the College, you can expect the following:
  • Only registrants can be found on the online public registry.
  • Only registrants can use the protected title "Licensed Optician", "Registered Optician", or "Refracting Optician" which helps the public identify people who are licensed.
  • Only registered Contact Lens Fitters are permitted to fit contact lenses and only Automated Refracting Opticians are permitted to assess visual acuity.
  • Health care consumers who want reassurance that they are in the hands of a professional will ask for a Licensed Optician.






Recruiting for a Registrar
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October 13, 2017 |
An exciting leadership opportunity:

Established in 1994, under the Health Professions Act, The College of Opticians of British Columbia is the professional regulatory body established to protect British Columbia’s public by regulating the practice of Registered Opticians. As part of its mandate, the College establishes and oversees: code of ethics, registration, standards of practice, the patient relations program, quality assurance initiatives as well as addresses public concern regarding registrants. The College of Opticians regulates and improves the Opticianry practice by ensuring Licensed Opticians provide high quality, competent and professional care to help people achieve better vision.
An exciting leadership opportunity:

Established in 1994, under the Health Professions Act, The College of Opticians of British Columbia is the professional regulatory body established to protect British Columbia’s public by regulating the practice of Registered Opticians. As part of its mandate, the College establishes and oversees: code of ethics, registration, standards of practice, the patient relations program, quality assurance initiatives as well as addresses public concern regarding registrants. The College of Opticians regulates and improves the Opticianry practice by ensuring Licensed Opticians provide high quality, competent and professional care to help people achieve better vision.

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Should you be interested in learning more about this leadership opportunity please contact Carol Robinson or Paul Phillips or forward your resume, a letter of introduction and the names and contact information for three referees, in confidence, to info@hwest.ca


RSVP for Oct 22, 2017 Annual General Meeting
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October 12, 2017 |
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