If you have experience working in optical science or healthcare fields, you may be eligible to become an optician through the PLAR process.
PLAR stands for Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition; it is an application process for people who have gained relevant experience or education but have not completed an accredited Canadian program.
Some examples of people who may decide to apply through the PLAR process include…
People who were trained as health-care workers internationally, and want to work in a similar field in Canada.
People who were trained in Canada but did not receive a diploma from an accredited education program.
People who have been working in a related field in Canada, and have many overlapping skills.
PICK A PROVINCE
HOW TO APPLY
Once you have researched and chosen your province, the next step is to contact NACOR, the organization that handles PLAR across most of Canada. NACOR can advise you on how to begin the PLAR process for your province.
Each province’s initial registration process may be different depending on where you choose to live, but aside from a few variations in those first steps, the PLAR process is the same for every applicant.