Does the College accept the NBEO?

Yes, we accept successful completion of the NBEO (I, II, III & TMOD) as equivalent to the CACO.

How long are Registration Applications valid?

Registration Applications are valid for one year from the date the application is received by the College office.

If an application is withdrawn, is any portion of the fee refundable?

No portion of the fee is refundable.

What if the requirements change after my application is submitted?

Registration Applications will be reviewed under the regulations in effect at the date the application is received by the College.

Can an application be notarized outside of BC?

Yes you may have your application notarized outside of BC by a lawyer, notary public or other commissioner for taking oaths. Please ensure that any notarized documents are signed, dated and stamped with the seal of the lawyer, notary public, or other commissioner.

When should a letter of good standing be submitted?

Letters of Good Standing must be dated no more than 30 days before the Certificate of Registration is issued.

I can’t complete the Criminal Record Check online. How do I proceed?

If you are unable to satisfy the criteria for using Electronic Identification Verification as per the Ministry’s website, you will be required to complete a Manual Identification Verification (MIV) process. Please print out the Consent Form provided by the online system, carefully review and sign the form and send it to the College office, along with a copy of one piece of valid government issued identification, one secondary identification document, and the completed Pre-authorized Credit Card Payment form.

What do “OT” and “TMOD” mean?

OT – refers to Ocular Therapeutics is a component of the CACO.
TMOD – refers to Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease is a component of the NBEO.

Can I take the Jurisprudence Exam prior to finishing my OD program?

No, you must meet all Registration requirements before writing the Jurisprudence Exam.

Can I write the Jurisprudence Exam at some other time?

If you are an existing optometrist, in special circumstances this can be arranged. Please contact the College for more details.

Where and how often is the Jurisprudence Exam administered?

The Jurisprudence Exam is administered in Vancouver twice per year, June and November.

Do I have to attend the College’s Orientation Session?

Yes, attending the College’s Orientation session is mandatory.

How long does it take to get the Jurisprudence Exam results?

The exam results are usually available within 2 to 4 business days.