Student Renewal

Student opticians do not have to be registered with the College in order to successfully complete their program field placement requirements.

Each year, Student Registration Certificates expire on September 1st. You are eligible to renew if you continue to be enrolled in an Opticianry program at either Georgian or Seneca College. You will receive a renewal notice by email the week of July 1st.

If you have completed the Opticianry program, submit the renewal along with a graduation letter from your educational institution. The College will change your status from student to intern optician without you needing to complete an additional application.

You will need the following to renew your Certificate:

Employment Eligibility

If your employment eligibility in Canada has changed or expired, you are required to update your information with the College and provide notarized documentation indicating that you are eligible to work in Canada.


If you continue to be registered in an Opticianry program, you are required to submit a letter of enrollment from your school.  If you have completed any other post-secondary education, which you have not previously notified the College of, you are required to provide details of your education, along with supporting documentation, with your renewal

Concurrent Registration

If you are registered with a governing body, either in Opticianry or any other profession, in Ontario or any jurisdiction inside or outside Canada, you are required to provide details of your registration to the College.


If you answer “yes” to any questions in the conduct section of the renewal, you are required to provide an explanation of the circumstances to the College, along with any supporting documents. Please review the Policy Dealing with Convictions, Findings and Ongoing Proceedings for details.

Renewal Deadline

The College is mandated to send suspension notices to all students who have not renewed by September 1st.

To avoid late fees, to confirm there are no outstanding requirements, and to ensure you are registered for the upcoming registration period please renew prior to September 1st. 

Renewal Outcomes

Not Renewing

If you have decided not to renew your student certificate please notify the College of your decision. You will receive an email from the College acknowledging your decision. Your status on the public register will be changed to "Not Entitled to Practice".

Outstanding Requirements

If you complete your renewal but do not submit all required documents, or the documents require review by the Registration department, you will receive an email notifying you that your renewal is on hold pending the submission and/or review of the outstanding requirements.

Renewal Approved

If you meet all the requirements for approval, you will receive an email confirmation within 72 hours of the College receiving your renewal.   Your badge decal will be mailed to you shortly following the approval.

Confirmation of Payment Receipt and Official Tax Receipt

You will receive an email confirmation of your payment as soon as it is received by the College. Your official tax receipt will be available for download on your Registration Portal within 72 hours of receipt of payment.

Renewal Assistance

If you wish to schedule an appointment to renew your certificate at the College or if you require any assistance with your renewal, please contact us.

Phone: (416) 368-3616 ext. 203

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