New Member Registration

Four Types of Applicants

When registering with the SCO, applicants will generally fall under one of the four types listed below. Please read each one to determine which type of applicant you are and the documentation required when submitting an application to the SCO.

Nationally Registered Applicants

Applicants licensed in another province or territory in Canada who are in good standing with their current provincial regulatory college can apply for registration with the SCO under the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA). Opticianry regulators from each province in Canada have worked together to create the MRA. The MRA allows opticians from participating provinces to easily move across the country, as the opticians all meet the same standards. Please note, applicants must meet the English language requirements of the SCO and submit the following:

Graduates from Accredited Education

Applicants who graduate from an accredited opticianry program and have passed the NACOR Licensing examination can apply for registration with the SCO by submitting the following:

Graduate Students from Accredited Education Waiting to sit the NACOR Licensing Examination

In Saskatchewan, when a student member graduates from an accredited EG or CL optical program, a student licence is no longer valid, and the member must, therefore, apply for a restricted optician licence or restricted contact lens practitioner licence to continue to practice under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.

Non-Accredited Education Applicants

International applicants who have not graduated from a Canadian accredited opticianry program may be accepted for registration with the SCO, where applicants have a combination of knowledge, skills, experience, and abilities, which are substantially equivalent to the requirements set out in the SCO Bylaws.

International applicants will complete the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition process (PLAR). NACOR now administers PLAR on behalf of the SCO. For further information on the PLAR process and the PLAR Application Package, please visit our PLAR page.

Once you have registered for PLAR through NACOR, you can apply for registration with the SCO. Applicants pursuing employment in the optical field while completing PLAR and qualify, may be granted a restricted licence to practice under supervision. Please contact the SCO for further information on restricted licences. All applicants must meet the English language requirements of the SCO and submit the following:

  • Proof of Liability Insurance with a minimum of $1 million in coverage
  • Passport Photo
  • Criminal Record Check
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency
  • Completed Application Form
  • Required Fees