Accredited programs are required to meet rigorous standards that ensure opticians are properly trained as experts in their field.
The best way to make sure that you have the skills and knowledge required to become a licensed optician in Canada is to complete an accredited educational program.
Accredited programs are available at several institutions. You can view the complete list by visiting this page.
Please visit the Education of Opticians in Canada page of this website for more information.
National Optical Sciences Examination
If you have successfully completed optician training at an accredited post-secondary institution in Canada, you are eligible to challenge the national licensing exam for opticians. The National Optical Sciences Examination is a practical exam, often referred to as the NACOR exam because it is administered by the National Alliance of Canadian Optician Regulators (NACOR).
To find out more information about the national exam and how to apply, you can visit the Examinations page of this website or contact NACOR or the regulatory body for opticians in your province.
Provincial Regulatory Bodies
College of Opticians of British Columbia
Suite 900 – 200 Granville St.
Toll Free 1-888-771-6755
Saskatchewan College of Opticians
#13-350 103rd Street East
The College of Opticians of Ontario
#300 – 90 Adelaide St. West
Nova Scotia College of Dispensing Opticians
Halifax Professional Centre
Suite 342, 5991 Spring Garden Road
The Dispensing Opticians Board of Newfoundland and Labrador
P.O. Box 2552
St. Johns, NL
Alberta College & Association of Opticians
Suite 201, 2528 Ellwood Dr.
The Opticians of Manitoba
215-1080 Portage Ave.
Toll Free: 1-855-346-3715
Ordre des Opticiens d’ordonnances du Québec
Suite 601, 630 Sherbrooke West
Toll free 1-800-563-6345
Opticians Association of New Brunswick
P.O. Box 6743,
RPO Brunswick Square
Saint John, NB
P.E.I. Board of Dispensing Opticians
P.O. Box 20140, RPO Sherwood
What Happens After the NACOR Exam?
Once an applicant has successfully challenged the NACOR exam, they are considered eligible for registration across Canada.
Please visit the Registration Process page of this website for more information about how to register.
Each provincial regulatory body has a unique registration process, so you might also find it useful to contact the regulatory body in your province directly.