PLAR Application

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 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 International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic, with minimum scores:

Speaking (6.0); Listening (7.5); Reading (6.0); and Writing (6.0). Potential applicants that have not taken the IELTS, may do so by registering with IELTS Saskatchewan at A potential applicant that has taken the IELTS Academic Assessment 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.

To start the process, complete the PLAR Application Form, including the required additional information, and return it to the NACOR office

Step 2: Assessment of Application

After you submit you application, it will be reviewed by NACOR to determine if you are eligible.

If you are eligible, you will be contacted with available times and dates to complete your CGA and interview.

After the assessment of the 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).

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.

The applicant may proceed to attempt the NACOR National  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