Frequently Asked Questions
Renewal Process Inquiries
When is my renewal due?
As a Registered Optician you are required to renew your Certificate of Registration on or before December 31st on an annual basis.
As a Student or Intern Optician you are required to renew your Certificate of Registration on or before September 1st on an annual basis.
Please visit the Registered Optician Renewal or Student & Intern Renewal pages for specific information regarding your renewal.
What is the renewal comprised of?
The renewal requires you to review and update your existing information, and provide new conduct and insurance information. In addition, if your identification photograph is older than five (5) years, you will be required to upload a new photograph.
Please bear with us if there are some errors in the information that is reflected. We have updated our data management system to provide you with a better experience, and some components are still in the works. If you feel there is an error in the information in a section you cannot edit, please contact the College at email@example.com and we will make the changes necessary. Please note that name changes may require documentary proof.
Can I receive a paper copy of my renewal?
In an effort to expedite your renewal, and ensure you receive your decals and/or badge in a timely manner, we have moved the renewal into an entirely paperless environment. As such, there are no paper copies of the renewal available. Please review some of the questions below, and if you still experience difficulty renewing online please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org or (416) 368-3616 ext. 200
I haven't received the renewal notice, how do I renew?
The link to the Registered Optician renewal portal is as follows:
Please select "forgot password" and follow the prompts. Your Username is your 3 or 4 digit Registration number. You will be receiving an email allowing you to reset your password and login to the renewal portal.
Should you not renew on or before the renewal deadline, a late fee will apply to the renewal, regardless of whether or not you received the renewal notice.
Please note that all renewal notices have been forwarded by email. There could be a few reasons as to why you did not receive your renewal notice;
- It has either been redirected to your junk, clutter or spam folder;
- Your email address is not updated with the College; or
- You are not eligible for renewal.
If the renewal notice has been redirected into your junk or spam folder, please ensure to mark all emails from the College as "safe" to ensure you receive important notices in a timely manner in the future.
If your email address is not updated, please ensure to contact the College at email@example.com with your new email address.
I tried signing in using my previous username and
password but I am getting an error, what is going on?
In order to improve member experience, we have switched over to a new data management system. As a result, any previous username and password you may have created are no longer valid.
Your Username is your 3 or 4 digit registration number.
You will be required to create a new password. In order to do so, please follow the steps outlined below:
- Select the link below to access your renewal page:
- Select "I don't know my password" on the bottom of the login page
- Enter your username (your registration number) and select "submit"
- An email will be sent to your email address on record with the College with instructions as to how to reset your password.
- Once you have reset your password, the system will return you to the renewal portal. Please sign in using your new credentials to proceed with the renewal (or to notify the College of your decision not to renew if that is your choice)
I selected "I don't know my Password" and followed the prompts but I never received the email, how do I sign in?
There could be a couple of reasons as to why you did not receive your updated password;
- It has either been redirected to your junk or spam folder; or,
- Your email address is not updated with the College.
If the email has been redirected into your junk, clutter or spam folder, please ensure to mark all emails from the College as "safe" to ensure you receive important notices in a timely manner in the future.
If your email address is not updated, please ensure to contact the College at firstname.lastname@example.org with your new email address.If your email address is updated with the College and the email does not appear in the inbox, junk or spam folders, please contact the College at (416) 368-3616 ext. 200 for assistance.
Can I pay for my renewal over the phone?
For confidentiality and personal information security reasons, the College does not accept credit card information over the phone. When you pay online your credit card gets processed and all confidential information gets removed as soon as the credit card is approved or declined. To ensure the safety of your information, please make the renewal payment online.
How will I know my renewal has been approved?
If you complete the online renewal and meet all the requirements for approval, you will receive an email thanking you for renewing within 48 hours of your submission.
How will I know my renewal has not been approved?
If you complete your online renewal but don't 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.
I decided not to renew, what do I do now?
We have made it easy for you to notify the College of your decision. Just login to the online portal, select the reason for not renewing, acknowledge the declaration, and the information will be forwarded directly to us. You will then receive an email from the College acknowledging your decision and notifying you of your options should you choose to practice as an optician in Ontario in the future.
I paid and received a confirmation of payment receipt. Is this my tax receipt, and if not how can I get an official tax receipt?
Your confirmation of payment receipt gets generated and emailed to you as soon as your credit card is charged. The purpose of the receipt is to allow you piece of mind that your card was charged the appropriate amount. The confirmation of payment receipt is not, however, an official tax receipt. To obtain an official tax receipt please select "Print Your Tax Receipt" on the Registered Optician Renewal page, log in using your renewal login information, and print or save your official receipt. Please note you will not be able to access your official tax receipt until your renewal is approved by the College.
I am in the process of renewing but am experiencing
technical difficulties. Is there someone who can assist me?
The Registration Services department is here to help. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you require assistance. Please contact us by phone or email, as follows:
Phone: (416) 368-3616 ext. 203 – Daniella Bellabarba
Please bear with us during the busy renewal period, we will make every effort to respond to your email or voicemail as soon as possible.
I changed my legal name. Do I need to update my name with the College, and what information should I provide?
If you have legally changed your name you are required to update your information with the College, and request a replacement of your Certificate of Registration, badge, and contact lens fitter certificate (if applicable). Please contact the College at email@example.com and provide the following information:
- Your registration number
- The name you are currently registered under
- Your new legal name
- Documents in support of your legal name change (such as a court certificate or a marriage certificate)
- A complete Payment Authorization Form. Please review the College fees for the amount you would need to authorize your credit card for.
I intend to practice in the upcoming year, what are my Professional Liability Insurance requirements?
In order to practice in the profession as a Registered Optician, you are required to have Professional Liability Insurance in the amount of no less than $1,000,000. Please note that in order for the insurance to be acceptable under the legislative requirements, you must be listed on the policy. Should you choose not to have Professional Liability Insurance, you may hold Malpractice Insurance in the amount of no less than $1,000,000.
Please note that the renewal portal will ask for:
- The insurance company name;
- Your policy number;
- The amount you are insured for; and
- Proof of insurance.
I do not intend to practice in the upcoming year but don't want to have my registration suspended, what should I do?
If you do not intend to practice in the coming year, but wish to remain a "current" member, you can do one of two things:
Maintain your Professional Liability Insurance -
You may choose to continue to maintain your Professional Liability Insurance even if you are not currently in active practice. By maintaining your insurance you will be able to return to practicing in the profession any time you choose, and will have 30 days to update your practice address with the College
Choose to undertake not to practice –
You may choose to undertake not to practice opticianry until such time that you get Professional Liability Insurance and it is submitted to the College. Please note that should you choose to renew your certificate of registration but not have Insurance, your status on the public register will be reflected as "Not entitled to practice" until the College receives proof of Professional Liability Insurance. Further, you will not be able to practice in opticianry until this change is made.
How will I know if my photograph requires updating, and what are the requirements?
If your photograph is due for renewal you will see a message on the General page prompting you to do so. Please upload a photo that meets the requirements of a passport photo for your new identification badge. Please note that due to current legislative requirements the photo needs to be signed. The College is working to amend these requirements in the future to ensure the process is less cumbersome to the membership.
My immigration status has changed.
How do I update my information?
You can update your immigration status on the renewal portal under the General tab. Please note you will be required to upload proof of your immigration status in order to avoid having your renewal placed on hold.
The following are examples of acceptable proof of your immigration status:
- Canadian Passport;
- Permanent Resident Card;
- Confirmation of Permanent Residence;
- Record of Landing;
- Work Authorization or Work Permit;
- Study Authorization or Study Permit (please note this is only acceptable when provided with proof of enrollment in an educational institution); and
- Other official government issued document verifying your immigration status.