Registration Requirements for Internationally Educated Optometrists

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 Optometrists of Ontario is the self-regulatory authority responsible for registering (licensing) and governing optometrists in Ontario.

Ontario Registration Requirements

To practise as an optometrist in Ontario, internationally educated optometrists must hold a Certificate of Registration issued by the College and meet the requirements set out by the College of Optometrists of Ontario in accordance with the Registration Regulations under the Optometry Act. To become eligible for the Certificate of Registration, internationally educated optometrists must meet the following registration requirements:

  • Complete a pre-registration form.
  • Complete an English language assessment.
  • Complete credential authentication through World Education Services (WES).
  • Complete a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA).
  • Meet the work experience requirement.
  • Provide a certificate or letter of standing.
  • Successfully complete the Canadian Assessment of Competence in Optometry (CACO) Exam.
  • Applicants must be either a Canadian citizen, landed immigrant or hold a valid employment authorization under the Immigration Act (Canada).

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


How the Access Centre Can Help

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