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February 3, 2021

Call for Quality Assurance (QA) Peer and Practice Assessors

The College of Opticians of Ontario (COO) is accepting applications from registered opticians for the role of QA Peer and Practice Assessor.
The QA Program was developed by the College in order to make sure that opticians maintain and enhance their knowledge, skill and judgment so they can provide high quality care. 


The Peer Assessor’s Role in the Assessment

Peer and Practice Assessors conduct objective practice reviews to assess whether the optician is practicing in a manner that is safe, ethical, and competent. Peer and Practice Assessments are educational in nature. They are aimed at helping opticians improve their practice by providing an opportunity to engage and learn from a peer in the profession. 

As a Peer and Practice Assessor, you will:

  • Conduct on-site and/or remote practice assessments that include a behaviour-based interview, chart review and equipment inspection. Please note that the role may require you to travel to practice locations located within Ontario. 
  • Prepare a comprehensive, objective and accurate report of your findings for consideration by the Quality Assurance Committee.
  • Be paid a daily fee for services rendered, and be reimbursed for travel and meal expenses where applicable. 

Assessor Qualifications and Skills

Applicants for Peer and Practice Assessor positions must:

  • Hold a current certificate of registration as an RO with the College of Opticians in good standing, which includes active engagement in the annual quality assurance requirements.
  • Have practiced in the profession for at least 5 years.
  • Demonstrate current knowledge and skill in contact lens dispensing. Contact Lens Mentor status with the COO is considered an asset.
  • Possess computer proficiency (Microsoft Office) and typing skills. 
  • Be willing to travel within Ontario.
  • Exceptional written and verbal skills.
  • Have no previous conduct history with the College resulting in a decision of the ICRC, Executive Committee, or Discipline Committee, other than a decision to take no action.
  • Demonstrate diversity, equity and inclusion awareness.
  • Work well independently and with remote team members.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of fairness, impartiality, objectivity, and transparency.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrate proficient communication skills. Bilingualism is considered an asset.

Previous experience in interviewing, adult education and/or conducting assessments/audits considered an asset. 

To Apply 

Please submit, a resume and covering letter and three references to by March 3, 2021.  

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The selection process will include a telephone interview and reference check.

The College of Opticians of Ontario is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. The College prohibits discrimination of any kind based on race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or any other protected characteristic in accordance with local laws. 

The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals applying to contract positions with the organization. If you require additional assistance for any part of the application process, you may contact Peggy Dreyer, Manager, Professional Practice at

Peer Assessors are provided with orientation and training prior to conducting assessments.

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