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The National Association of Canadian Optician Regulators (NACOR) develops, coordinates, and manages an accreditation process for Opticianry programs in Canada. The reason for this initiative is to identify educational programs that meet NACOR academic requirements and criteria for training licensed opticians in Canada. 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 the following institutions:Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)
Le Collège Communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB)
Please visit the Education of Opticians in Canada page of this website for more information.
National Optical Sciences Examination (NOSE)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 (NOSE) is a practical exam, often referred to as the NACOR exam because it is administered by the National Association 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
Alberta College and Association of Opticians
College of Opticians of Saskatchewan
The Opticians of Manitoba
College of Opticians of Ontario
Ordre d'opticiens d'ordonnances du Quebec
College of Opticians of Nova Scotia
College of Opticians of New Brunswick
Prince Edward Island: (N/A)Newfoundland and Labrador: E-Mail, Phone/Fax: 1-709-579-2605
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.