Registration Requirements for Internationally Educated Opticians

To practise as a regulated health professional in Ontario, you must be a member of your profession’s regulatory college and hold a certificate of registration. Regulated health professionals are required by law to deliver competent, ethical and professional services, and are accountable to the public through their respective colleges.

The College of Opticians of Ontario (COO) regulates the profession of opticianry in Ontario. The COO is dedicated to supporting opticians in their delivery of high quality, safe and ethical care to the public of Ontario.

Ontario Registration Requirements

To practise as an optician in Ontario, internationally educated opticians must hold a Certificate of Registration and meet the requirements set out by the COO. To become eligible for the Certificate of Registration, internationally educated opticians must meet the following registration requirements:

  1. Applicant must be either a Canadian citizen, landed immigrant, or hold a valid employment authorization.
  2. Successful completion of the NACOR National Registration Exam.
  3. Completion of an English or French Language Assessment.
  4. The Committee will consider the applicant’s:
    • International education;
    • Professional experience;
    • Licence to practise in their home country;
    • Licensing examination enabling them to practise in their home country;
    • Continuing education information;
    • Other pertinent information relating to registration as an optician in Ontario.

To learn more about the registration requirements, please visit the College of Opticians of Ontario website.


How the Access Centre Can Help

Visit Services for Internationally Educated Health Professionals for information about Access Centre services and how to participate.