Non-Practicing members of the Saskatchewan College of Opticians agree not to actively perform opticianry duties in the Province of Saskatchewan. Performing such duties in Saskatchewan while registered as non-practicing is considered ‘dispensing without a licence’, and will be subject to the appropriate disciplinary actions of the Saskatchewan College of Opticians.
Members that become non-practicing are now required by the regulations to have their status reviewed after three years of being non-practicing. Members should also keep their educational credits up to date to ensure an easier transition to active practice.
On or around the non-practicing members three year anniversary, the non-practicing member will be required to advise the college whether or not they will be returning to active practice. Those members that wish to continue as non-practicing members will be required to provide the college with an approximate date they will be returning to active practice. As part of the review, the Registrar will review whether or not the member has been keeping current with their continuing education credits to assist their return to practice.
An extension of a member’s non-practicing status is not automatic and an extension if any will be determined by the Council based on the results of the review process. The Council after its review, may at its discretion if it feels it is warranted, extend the non-practicing members licence for a further period not to exceed three years. At the end of each extension, the Registrar will once again review the members status to determine whether or not the member should be removed from the non-practicing list or whether there may be extenuating circumstance to allow the council to grant a further extension.
Policy on 3-year review for non-practicing members
Members, who have not practiced for a period of up to three years, can be relicenced as a practicing member upon paying the required fees, submitting proof of insurance & meeting the continuing education requirements.
Members that have been non-practicing for a period over three years but not in excess of five years, and have kept their education requirements up to date will be required to work under the supervision of a practicing member for a period to be determined by the Registrar, and upon completion of that period and recommendation of the supervisor, be issued a licence to practice.
Member that have been non-practicing for a period exceeding five years, and has kept their continuing education requirements up to date, will be required to complete hands-on re-training under the supervision of a practicing member for a period to be determined by the Registrar and upon completion, successfully complete the college re-entry exam.
Members that leave the profession for a period of in excess of three years, and that have not retained their status, regardless of whether their continuing educational credits are up to date may at the discretion of the council, complete the PLAR and challenge the NACOR licensing exam.