Graduating from High School

Are you looking for an exciting career path to take after you graduate from high school in Canada?  A career as a health professional can be one of the most rewarding paths you can choose. Are you interested in math and science, business, health, or fashion? Maybe Opticianry is the right choice for you.

Post-Secondary Options

There are 3 post-secondary paths that you could follow on your way to becoming an optician.

1. Distance delivery – Students work under the supervision of a licensed optician while working independently on their studies.

2. Full time programs – Students attend post-secondary classes on a full time basis with a requirement for practice experience under the supervision of a licensed optician.

3. Part time programs – Students work under the supervision of a licensed optician and also attend some post-secondary classes.

Costs and times vary depending on which option you choose. Training ranges from 2 years to 4 years.

One of the best things about the distance delivery or part time option is the opportunity to make a living while receiving an education. Working in the industry while studying also gives you the chance to gain practical experience and determine if this career is the right fit for you.

Accredited Post-Secondary Institutions

Accredited programs are available at several institutions. You can view the complete list by visiting this page.

Test Your Knowledge

To be an effective optician in Canada, many different skills and abilities (called “competencies”) are expected and needed.

You can find a complete list of the Competencies for Opticianry in Canada at the NACOR website.

The requirements for the province of Quebec have some differences. For information on the prior learning assessment and recognition process in the province of Quebec. Please refer to the OODQ page (Order of prescription opticians of Quebec) : Study program of Quebec


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