Opticians are highly skilled eye care professionals who undergo rigorous and extensive training to fulfill education and practice competencies in Opticianry. They design and dispense eyeglasses, contact lenses, low vision aids and prosthetic ocular devices for customers.
As with other health professions, candidates in Opticianry must pass specific certification and educational criteria to demonstrate that they are qualified for the profession and are not a risk to the public. The education requirements for Opticianry are based on determined learning outcomes as established by the College of Opticians in each individual province.
In B.C., the College of Opticians of British Columbia recognizes the training programs offered by the educational institutions below, as meeting the standards of academic or technical achievement required for registration:
- Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (Available in all Provinces; Online program)
- Douglas College (Located in British Columbia)
- Stenberg College (Located in British Columbia)
- Georgian College (Located in Ontario)
- Seneca College (Located in Ontario)
For more information on the programs offered by these educational institutions, please click on the names of the institutions above.