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International applicants that are applying for a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)  may be accepted for admission where they have a combination of knowledge, skills, experience and abilities, which are, in the opinion of the Registration Committee, substantially equivalent to the requirements set out in the Bylaws for new applicants.

Step 1: Preliminary Assessment of Application

*PLEASE NOTE:  Prior to forwarding an assessment application, or any information, potential applicants must have completed a recent Canadian Language Benchmark Proficiency Test (CLB - A) with a minimum score of:

Speaking (7); Listening (8); Reading (6); and Writing (7).  Potential applicants that have not taken the CLB-A, may do so by registering with the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks at www.language.ca.  An applicant that has taken the CLB-A but has not achieved the minimum scores, will be required to improve their English skills to meet the minimum standards prior to submitting an application.

At present you are required to submit the following:

4. Document Assessment Fee of $215.00

5. The information and/or documents listed below:

Items for Assessment

1.1 Details of work experience
All information to be recorded on Dispensing Experience & Fittings Form

1.2 Transcripts of formal education
Include name and location of school, date of enrolment and graduation, grade achieved, course
outlines and if the program is accredited in its jurisdiction provide the name of the accrediting
agency

1.3 Examination
Have you successfully challenged a certification / licensure examination in Canada or in another country? If yes, provide the name of certifying agency, date of examination and mark achieved (must provide proof from the certifying agency)

1.4 Letters of personal reference and professional competence
Must be applicable to Opticianry, match details of work experience and be verifiable

1.5 Letters of registration or licensure
Are you registered or licensed in Canada or in another country? If yes, provide a letter from the
regulatory organization. It must include the name of the regulatory organization, the location, your class of standing, status, expiration and a notation of any disciplinary action.


Step 2: Assessment of Application

2.1 Competency Gap Analysis (CGA)

An online tool used to assess the competencies of an applicant. This tool will assist the Registration Committee in identifying any gaps in learning.

2.2 Interview 

After the assessment of application has taken place you will be required to complete a competency gap analysis (CGA) and an interview. The CGA and interview are tools used to assess the competencies of an applicant. These tools will assist in identifying any gaps in learning that may require additional education. The cost of each assessment is $650.00 per practice area (opticianry, contact lens practice).



Step 3: Registration Committee Assess Information

The Registration Committee assesses all information received from the applicant. They may refer the applicant to complete one or more of the following:

Bridging
If gaps in learning are identified at any point in the process the Registration Committee may refer the applicant to complete a specified bridging program.

Examination
The applicant may proceed to attempt the National Optical Sciences (NOS) Examination.

The applicant will be eligible for licensing & registration upon successfully completing the requirements stipulated by the Registration Committee


Step 4: Application for Licensing 

Upon application for licensing, the applicant must also provide:

a) Proof of professional liability insurance
b) Completed Application Form
c) Payment of fees
d) Passport photo
e) Criminal record check