Training and Education

Applicants seeking registration as Opticians in Ontario must have graduated from an opticianry program that is recognized by the College of Opticians of Ontario. Applicants who have graduated from an non-accredited international or Canadian program will have to apply for PLAR (prior learning assessment and recognition).

The following educational institutions offer opticianry programs recognized by the College of Opticians. These programs comply with the College’s entry-to-practice competencies and professional standards and have received the NACOR accreditation:

Georgian College (Full-time, 2 year program in Ontario)

Seneca College (Full-time, 2 year program and part-time 3 year program in Ontario)

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) (Online 3 year program, also available in-person in Alberta, also available in French)

Douglas College (Full-time, 2 year program in British Columbia)

Stenberg College (Full-time, 55 week program in British Columbia)

Oulton College (Full-time, 2 year program in New Brunswick)

College Communautaire de Nouveau Brunswick (2 year French language, online and in-person hybrid, based in New Brunswick. Eyeglasses program only)


After graduating, the applicant must pass a registration examination before he/she can register with the College of Opticians of Ontario and use the title Registered Optician.

Opticians are long-standing members of the health care delivery team in a field for which there is a growing universal need. Registered Opticians may dispense eyeglasses, contact lenses or sub-normal vision devices independently or as part of the eye care team.