The COBC was established under the Health Professions Act (HPA) in 1994 with a duty to serve and protect the public by regulating opticians, as well as to fulfill its responsibilities in the public interest.
The HPA required each health regulatory organization to develop and administer a quality assurance program. Quality assurance (QA) programming supports and promotes high practice standards amongst health practitioners and ensures that the public’s trust is well placed.
Opticians are entrusted by the public to provide safe, effective and ethical health care at all times throughout their careers. They meet entry-to-practice competencies when they are first registered and continue to meet various benchmarks and/or constructions of competence as they progress in their career, with the help of QA programming.
The COBC has recently transitioned its QA programming from a credit-based program to a new competency-based program. The new Continuing Competency Program (CCP) was launched in 2018, and fully implemented in 2020.
To learn more about the continuing education program, click on the link below:
- Continuing Competency Program (CCP) (new competency-based program!)