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Unauthorized practice occurs when unregistered or unregulated persons are engaged in restricted activities that only registrants can perform, including: 

  • fitting and dispensing of contact lenses, and 
  • performing automated refractions (sight-testing)

Under the British Columbia law, the initial fitting and dispensing of contact lenses are regulated activities. The following services may be provided only by contact lens fitters or under the supervision of a contact lens fitter by persons who are not contact lens fitters:

  • fitting a contact lens;
  • supplying a contact lens for the purpose of fitting a contact lens.

The conduct of automated refractions is also a regulated activity. Not all opticians can perform automated refractions. Opticians who have achieved certification by the College of Opticians can perform automated refractions or sight-testing. To find out if an optician is certified to conduct automated refractions, click here.

Only registered members of these three regulatory bodies can perform the restricted activities mentioned:

  • College of Opticians of British Columbia
  • College of Optometrists of British Columbia
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia

"OPTICIAN" IS A RESERVED AND PROTECTED TITLE
The correct use of a reserved title allows the public to know they are dealing with a registered professional who has undergone required training and is held accountable to provide a high standard of service.  A person other than a registrant of the College must not use the word "Optician" in any manner that expresses or implies that he or she is a registrant or is associated with the College of Opticians of BC.

To ensure the public know when they are purchasing eyewear they are dealing with an Optician,  the COBC protects the use of the title through the Health Professions Act.  Only active registrants of the COBC can use the title "optician" and other associated terms.  No other person can claim to be an "optician" or suggest that s/he is recognized by the COBC.

When a business wishes to use the title "optician" in their advertising, marketing or company name, they are only entitled to do so if there are persons working within the business who are rightly registered Opticians with COBC.  Businesses cannot use the reserved titles for Opticianry if they do not have registered Opticians on staff.


To report unauthorized practice, please contact the College by phone, fax, mail or email:

  • Tel: 604.278.7510 or toll-free at 1.888.771.6755
  • Fax: 604.278.7594
  • Mail: Suite #403 - 1505 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6H 3Y4
  • Email: reception@cobc.ca
Hiring for a program manager
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Program Manager

Job Type: Full time

Salary: Based on experience

Number of Positions Open: 1

Start Date of Employment: preferably June/July 2017

Deadline: June 1, 2017

Website Address: www.cobc.ca

As the program manager, your priority will be to develop and manage current statutory programs to regulate opticians in the public interest. The program manager’s key responsibilities are supporting the College of Opticians of British Columbia’s (COBC) Registrar, Board of Directors, and quality assurance committee. This includes project management, strategic planning, volunteer development and navigating politicized environments with stakeholders.
Program Manager

Job Type: Full time

Salary: Based on experience

Number of Positions Open: 1

Start Date of Employment: preferably June/July 2017

Deadline: June 1, 2017

Website Address: www.cobc.ca

As the program manager, your priority will be to develop and manage current statutory programs to regulate opticians in the public interest. The program manager’s key responsibilities are supporting the College of Opticians of British Columbia’s (COBC) Registrar, Board of Directors, and quality assurance committee. This includes project management, strategic planning, volunteer development and navigating politicized environments with stakeholders.

The COBC’s mandate is to serve and protect the public by regulating opticians. The COBC is responsible for setting and enforcing the standards of opticianry in British Columbia.


Culture
The COBC is a small professional regulatory body with a full-time staff of four people. Professional regulation is evolving so we value team members who are passionate, self-starters, innovative, flexible, and comfortable with the unknown. We are looking for someone who is willing to adapt in an ever-changing environment and look forward to having the opportunity participate in all the organization’s initiatives and administrative functions. To be successful at the COBC, you need to enjoy learning and be open to receiving feedback. The team is also compassionate and empathic. We care about public safety and the impact our policies and programs can have on people.


Skills
The COBC team comes from a variety of backgrounds. We typically find that people are successful in this role when they have:
  • Experience in professional regulation and board governance
  • Experience in program development and/or project management
  • Bachelor or Master degree in political science, public administration or equivalent
  • Passionate about public policy, health legislation and regulation
  • Ability to determine priorities, be self-directed and work with minimal supervision
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability coordinate and prioritize multiple tasks
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Experience training, developing and managing volunteers
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills to resource multiple projects and programs
  • Ability to interact with registrants and strategically understand user-experience for technology and program development
  • Ability to adapt new technology quickly
  • Ability to think critically and analytically

What you will be doing

Planning
  • Planning program and projects to accomplish their strategic goals within constraints such time and resources
  • Generate a work plan for various projects within a program and identify challenges and opportunities
  • Schedule tasks, deadlines, and milestones for stakeholder and volunteers
  • Schedule committee and board meetings and develop agendas according to strategic plan
  • Prepare and write grant proposals

Policy Development
  • Conduct research of issues to present to the Board and committees to develop policy
  • Develop, implement, regularly review, and update policies and procedures
  • Update and maintain professional standards of practice
  • Update and maintain COBC bylaws with legal counsel

Program & Project Management
  • Administer the current continuing education (CE) program including education activity accreditation and program support for registrants
  • Execute the new continuing competency program (will replace current CE program) including educating registrants and stakeholders on new requirements, managing registrant learning plans, and accrediting education activities
  • Develop tools to support the new continuing competency program
  • Monitor and evaluate progress on programs and projects
  • Coordinate program and project development with external project contractors/consultants
  • Manage projects to meet deadlines and objectives
  • Coordinate the annual general meeting, board meetings, board elections and committee meetings
  • Write reports and meeting minutes to keep volunteers and stakeholders informed
  • Prepare the annual report

Volunteer Management
  • Recruit, train, and support the development of board and committee members
  • Address volunteer concerns and providing guidance to volunteers
  • Prepare board and committee chairs to facilitate meetings
  • Coordinate volunteers and contractors for program and projects

Administration

It is a small office so all team members are expected to help with registrants and administrative functions as needed.


Contact Information:

Please direct enquiries, resumes, and cover letters stating your desired salary* to:

Connie Chong

Registrar

recruitment (at) cobc.ca

(Due to the volume of applications, we will not entertain phone calls)

*Cover letters that do not state desired salary will not be reviewed.



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