Licensing Examination

NATIONAL LICENSING EXAMINATIONS

National Examination Background and Information

National Alliance of Canadian Optician Regulators (NACOR) developed the Optical Sciences 1 – Eyeglasses Examination and Optical Sciences 2 – Advanced Practice Contact Lens Examination as a vehicle to measure competencies of those individuals seeking entry to practice as an optician. The objective was to develop an examination that will be accepted across Canada.

Information about the National examination contents and the process can be obtained by calling the NACOR office at 1-866-949-1950 or by visiting NACOR.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible to take the NACOR Examination, candidates must have completed and passed an accreditated education program or gone through the proper process deemed appropriate by the Registration Committee.

In Saskatchewan, when a student member graduates from an accredited EG or CL optical program, a student licence is no longer valid, and the member must, therefore, apply for a restricted optician licence or restricted contact lens practitioner licence to continue to practice under supervision or to be eligible to sit the NACOR Licensing examination. For further information, please read the details for graduate students from accredited education waiting to sit the NACOR Licensing Examination on our New Member Registration page.

A student shall be permitted three attempts to pass the NACOR licensing examination in opticianry or contact lens technique. Where a person is unsuccessful on the third attempt, that person shall be required to take a further course of training approved by the council and upon completion shall be granted permission from the council to again take the NACOR licensing examination.

Where a person has completed the approved course and not attempted the NACOR examination for a period of three years, the person shall be required to take a future course of training approved by the council and upon completion shall again be granted permission from the council to take the NACOR licensing examination.

National Optical Sciences Examination Dates and Venues

Examination dates are subject to change

2022 Examination Dates

October 21 -23, 2022
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Georgian College, Ontario
Friday, September 16, 2022

November 5 - 6, 2022 - CANCELLED
French & English Examination
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Oulton College, Moncton, New Brunswick

November 19 - 20, 2022
French Examination
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Collège La Cité, Ottawa, Ontario
Friday, October 14, 2022


2023 Examination Dates
*Examination dates are subject to change.

January 14 -15, 2023
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Douglas College, David Lam Campus, Coquitlam, British Columbia
Friday, December 2, 2022

April 28-30, 2023
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Ontario, Location T.B.D
Friday, March 24, 2023

May 26-28, 2023
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NAIT Main Campus, Edmonton, Alberta
Friday, April 28, 2023

June 3-4, 2023
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Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Friday, May 5, 2023

June 10-11, 2023
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Winnipeg, Manitoba
Friday, May 12, 2023

June 10-11, 2023
French & English Examination
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Oulton College, Moncton, New Brunswick
Friday, May 12, 2023

June 23-25, 2023
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Douglas College, David Lam Campus, Coquitlam, British Columbia
Friday, May 19, 2023

June 24-25, 2023
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Halifax, Nova Scotia
Friday, May 26, 2023

September 22-24, 2023
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SAIT Campus, Calgary, Alberta
Friday, August 25,2023

October 20-22, 2023
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T.B.D, Ontario
Friday, September 15, 2023

November 4-5, 2023
French & English Examination
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Oulton College, Moncton, New Brunswick
Friday, October 6, 2023

November 25-26, 2023
French & English Examination
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La Cité College, Ottawa, Ontario
Friday, October 20, 2023