Requesting a Certificate of Standing

A Certificate of Standing confirms your current registration status with the College of Opticians of Ontario and contains detailed information about your registration history and any applicable complaint investigations and disciplinary history. Upon receiving your request, the College will send a Certificate of Standing to the organization identified on the request form. The certificate is only considered valid if it has been received directly from the College. 

What type of certificate do I request?

The College issues two types of Certificates of Standing:  

  1. Issued to a regulatory body and intended for those seeking registration in another jurisdiction.  
  2. Issued to a non-regulatory agency to confirm your registration with the College for other purposes, such as:  
  • Applying for a job 
  • Volunteering 
  • Submitting or verifying insurance claims 
  • Enrolling in a training program 

Prior to requesting a Certificate of Standing, please read the form carefully for details as the information disclosed in each certificate differs. 

To request a Certificate of Standing for another regulatory body, please click here

To request a Certificate of Standing for another purpose, please click here.  


There is a fee of $28.25 ($25 plus HST) associated with the processing of your request. The fee is non-refundable. 

Upon receipt of your request, the College will add the fee to your registrant online portal where you can make your payment. You will receive an email notification once the fee is added to your portal. Step-by-step instructions on how to make a payment can be found here

Processing Time 

It may take up to 10 business days to process your request for a Certificate of Standing. 

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