Frequently Asked Questions:
What are the fees for the National Registration Examinations?
The National Registration Examinations are administered by the National Association of Canadian Opticianry Regulators (NACOR). The College of Opticians does not collect fees for this exam, all payments should be made directly to NACOR. Information about the National examination contents, process, deadlines and fees can be obtained by calling the NACOR office at 1-800-847-3155 or by visiting NACO.
How many times may I take the examinations?
A candidate is entitled to attempt the National examination a maximum of three (3) times within a three-year period. After the third attempt, the candidate must comply with an upgrading program, as approved by the Registration Committee of the College of Opticians of Ontario, before any further attempt of the examination will be permitted.
When will I get my examination results?
Results will be mailed by NACOR within four (4) to six (6) weeks of the candidates examinations. Candidates should not phone earlier than four (4) weeks after their examinations to receive results. Please do not phone the College of Opticians for your results as we do not grade the exams or mail out exam scores. If results are not received within six (6) weeks of the examination date, it is the candidate’s responsibility to contact NACOR.
What should I do when I successfully complete both components of the National Registration Examinations?
When a candidate successfully completes both the eyeglass and contact lens portions of the National Registration Examinations, confirmation is sent to the College of Opticians of Ontario. An initial registration package will then be mailed to the candidate. All subsequent inquires regarding registration with the College should be directed to Marla Brum, Acting Co-ordinator of Registration at email@example.com .
Once I have passed my exam, how do I become
registered as a member of the College?
If you have successfully passed the National Registration Examinations and have received a Registration Package by mail, you must make sure the College has:
- a completed and signed Application for a Certificate of Registration as a Registered Optician;
- your initial registration fee;
- two (2) passport-sized colour photographs, signed on the back;
- Complete logbook for eyeglass and contact lens fittings; and
- A COBI, or ‘Certificate of Being Insured (Under a Professional Liability Insurance Policy)’, that is written confirmation attesting that you are insured for a minimum of $1,000,000 under a professional liability insurance policy for the registration year in which you are registering for or a signed Undertaking indicating that you will not be practising opticianry in the province of Ontario until further notice.
Once the College has processed your application, it will issue you a photo ID card displaying a permanent registration number.
When can I begin practicing as an optician?
You may not begin to practise and to use the title Registered Optician until you receive your Registration number as an Optician. The College will make every effort to send you your registration certificate and package within four (4) weeks after we receive your properly completed registration application with the required fees and documents.