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Should a registrant decide not to renew their certificate of registration as a Licensed Optician by March 31st with the College of Opticians of BC in any given registration year they will receive an official notice of default. Their license will be suspended 14 days from the date of issue of the notice default if full payment of their renewal fees, renewal application form, and supporting documents are not received within the 14 day default period. This is a legal requirement and will occur regardless of the reason for not renewing. We encourage our members to let us know if they will not be renewing.

Members have three years from the date of their suspension in which to reinstate their license to avoid their application being referred to the Registration Committee for review. Should a member’s certificate of registration be suspended and they decide to reinstate their certificate of registration as a Licensed Optician they must contact the College and request a reinstatement application package and verify / update their home mailing address. A reinstatement application package will then be mailed/faxed/emailed out.

Once the applicant has received final approval of their reinstatement application, they will receive a confirmation letter, official income tax receipt, registration decal, and certificate of registration by mail. The newly reinstated Licensed Optician will continue to follow their original three-year Quality Assurance cycle, based on the date they were first registered with the College of Opticians.

If an applicant has not renewed their registration for over 3 years, the reinstatement application must go through an additional review process to determine if the applicant has maintained the skill level and knowledge required to meet opticianry standards. Applicants will be required to complete a multiple choice assessment based on the national competencies required of opticians; there is an assessment fee of $300 (plus tax). The results of this assessment will be provided to the Registration Committee along with all application materials for consideration. The Registration Committee will review each application to determine the steps to return to practice. Applicants may be returned directly to practicing status, or be required to complete additional course work to address competency concerns identified during the review process. Please contact the College for further information about how to begin the reinstatement process after 3 years.

The COBC has produced a Fact Sheet on Reinstatement to assist with the reinstatement process.

Should you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the College of Opticians of BC at (604)278-7510 ext. 200 or reception@cobc.ca

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


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