The entry-to-practice examinations are offered by the National Alliance of Canadian Optician Regulators (NACOR). The College of Opticians of Ontario (COO) recognizes the following examinations:
In order to qualify for registration as an optician in Ontario, individuals must:
Applicants in Ontario are deemed eligible to write the National Examinations in the following circumstances:
Accredited Education Candidates
Unaccredited Education Candidates
Candidates Seeking Registration in Another Province
Upon completion of opticianry training in:
from an accredited educational institution.
Upon confirmation of eligibility by the Registration Committee, following successful completion of a competency assessment and/or specified bridging program, exam eligibility shall be granted.
Upon confirmation of eligibility by the candidate’s home province.
Candidate’s Certificate of Registration as an intern will be revoked after three years, or three unsuccessful attempts, whichever comes first. In order to be granted an additional attempt at the examination, individuals must submit a request and upgrading proposal to the Registration Committee.
The following information is a brief update on the fall sittings of the national examinations. NACOR and the provincial regulatory boards are committed to hosting fall sessions of the national exams. The health of examination candidates and examiners is a top priority and we are actively working together to ensure that we will be able to comply with health guidelines regarding group size, physical distancing, and infection control in all host provinces. Due to current restrictions some of the traditional examination locations will not be available for fall examinations and we are working on securing suitable locations for these exams.
At this time dates for the fall exams have not been confirmed, further information will be released in late August. Candidates that have already sent NACOR an application form will be notified directly by the NACOR office via email with the dates for the examination in their province.
Candidates that have not already sent in an application form to NACOR, and are planning on sitting the exam in the fall, are asked to send their application form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NACOR office will not process any examination fees until a candidate has confirmed that they plan to attend the examination on the date set for their province.
NACOR and the provincial regulatory boards understand that this is a stressful situation for all recent graduates, and we are committed to getting you more information as soon as it is confirmed.
To apply to write the examinations, or for questions regarding examination content, procedure or results, please contact NACOR directly at 1-866-949-1950 or visit the NACOR website at www.nacor.ca .
For further information, please refer to the Examination and Upgrading Policy.
The College of Opticians does not collect fees for the exams; all payments should be made directly to NACOR. Information about National Examination content, process, deadlines and fees can be obtained by calling the NACOR office at 1-866-949-1950 or by visiting the NACOR website.
Candidates are entitled to attempt the National Examinations a maximum of three times within the three-year period from the time they gain intern status. After three years or three unsuccessful attempts, whichever comes first, a candidate must submit a request to the Registration Committee for any additional attempts at the Examination. The Registration Committee will determine any upgrading requirements a candidate must complete in order to become eligible for another attempt at the exam.
Within eight weeks of the examination, NACOR will mail examination results directly to candidates. Results will not be provided by telephone. Please do not contact the College of Opticians for your results; the College does not grade examinations or mail out the results.
Congratulations on successfully passing the National Contact Lens and Eyeglass Examinations. Registration requirements are detailed in the Application Form and on our website.
Application processing times are approximately 6-8 weeks. Inquiries regarding registration with the College should be directed to email@example.com. The College is committed to ensuring that all applications are processed in a timely fashion.
You may begin to practice as an optician or use the title Registered Optician once you receive confirmation that your Certificate of Registration has been issued.
Shortly after the approval of your application, you will receive an email informing you that your application for registration as a Registered Optician has been approved. You can begin practicing as an optician upon receipt of this email. Please ensure that your email address on file is current.