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MCE activities in British Columbia are required be accredited by the COBC or the National Association of Canadian Optician Regulators (NACOR) before the presentation date.

Click here for the complete list of all COBC accredited MCE courses and activities.

For the list of all NACOR accredited MCE courses and activities each year, click the following links, or visit their website.


There are many methods to complete continuing education requirements. To make your MCE cycle more interesting, consider trying some a variety of ways to obtain MCEs:

1) Self-Study Club: You can do this by yourself but it’s definitely more fun with fellow Licensed Opticians over coffee. Brainstorm a topic relating to Opticianry and then either do some research (e.g. online, news, articles) and read about your topic OR find a person that is knowledgeable on that topic to speak to your group.

Have a discussion over what you’ve read/heard and then summarize what you’ve learned in a few paragraphs. You’ll either receive credits based on the number of pages you’ve read or one credit per hour of discussion. Best of all, self-study club sessions are free! For more information, visit our section on “Design Your Own Learning”.

2) Live MCE Seminars: Opticianry conventions, presentations and seminars across BC and Canada accredited by the COBC are perfect opportunities to network with your follow health professionals and engage in relevant professional discussions. 

3) Volunteer Work: if you’ve gone on a national or international vision mission, submit a letter of reference for 3 credits per week. You can also volunteer your Opticianry skills around your community and obtain credits (for example, spending a couple hours weekly at a seniors home).

4) Become active in Opticianry: contact your Opticianry associations or the College and discover how you become active in the Opticianry community while obtaining some credits.

5) University/College/Continuing Education Studies/First Aid: MCE credits for non-Opticianry education are evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the COBC. Registrants are asked to submit course outlines and your transcript to the COBC to apply for MCE credits. Credits are awarded based on content and time commitment, as recommended by the Quality Assurance Committee.

6) Opticianry Education Development, and Publishing: are you an experienced Licensed Optician that has knowledge and skills to share? Develop your own continuing education course by simply sharing your expertise with other Licensed Opticians. You can also publish an article on Opticianry to one of the eye health publications or to the College/Association newsletter.

7) On-line/Distance Learning Courses: if you want to save some time in exchange for a nominal fee, contact the Opticians Association of Canada (OAC) and inquire about their online and distance delivery module options.

8) Annual General Meeting: attend the COBC or professional Opticianry association annual general meetings to find out highlights from the past year and projected progress for the next year.

9) Course Instructor/Preceptor: teaching and supervising student opticians allow you to share your knowledge and skills to train future Licensed Opticians while continuously learning and upgrading your own skills at the same time to keep up with changing health care environment.

Should you have any questions about way to complete your MCE requirements, please contact the College office at (604) 278-7510 or email 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.

Click here for the job advertisement.

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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