Internationally Trained Optometrists
If you are an internationally trained optometrist who has graduated from a school other than one listed as a Recognized School of Optometry, you are required to successfully complete the International Optometric Bridging Program (IOBP) at the University of Waterloo.
As of September 19, 2014, the Federation of Optometric Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FORAC), formerly known as CORA is responsible for the credential assessment of candidates. Any optometrist educated outside North America intending on applying for registration or licensure to practise optometry in any province of Canada, other than Quebec, must contact FORAC. Please review steps 3 through 8 on FORAC’s website, which provides detailed information regarding the credentialing process for internationally trained optometrists.
You may contact FORAC directly by calling (416) 644-0055 or email email@example.com
Upon successful completion of IOBP:
You will be required to successfully complete the application process summarized below, attend the College Orientation Session and successfully pass the Jurisprudence Examination.
Please refer to the Getting Started page for the date of the next Jurisprudence Examination, as well as the application deadline.
Please submit your completed and notarized Form 7: Registration Application, to the College office, along with the following:
• Cheque or money order of $475.00 CDN, payable to College of Optometrists of BC.
• A notarized copy of government issued photo ID.
• Proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status in Canada, or authority to work in Canada in a health care profession (e.g., a copy of your Canadian passport, permanent resident card, or work permit).
• Authorization for a criminal record check (for applicants who have resided in another jurisdiction, an authorization for a criminal record check in that jurisdiction or a criminal record report in a form satisfactory to the registrar)
• Letter(s) of good standing from each regulatory body that has previously registered, licensed, certified or otherwise authorized you to practise optometry or another health profession. The letter must be dated within 30 days of your BC Registration number being issued.
• A statement from you listing all pending complaints, claims, actions, inquiries or proceedings against you in British Columbia or any other jurisdiction.
• Verification of fulfilment of continuing education requirements.
• Arrange for your academic transcripts (undergraduate and graduate), to be sent directly to the College.
• Arrange for a letter from IOBP confirming your successful completion of the bridging program and exit exam.
• Complete the CACO Waiver Form, and arrange for the CACO results to be sent directly to the College by the issuing authority.
If all items noted above are deemed acceptable, you will be asked to confirm, in writing, your attendance of the Jurisprudence Examination and mandatory College Orientation Session, and forward a cheque in the amount of $200 CDN (payable to College of Optometrists of British Columbia).
Prepare for the Jurisprudence Exam by studying the following:
➢ Optometrists Regulation
➢ Bylaws of the College
➢ Policies of the College
➢ SLC’s in the Treatment of Eye Disease
➢ SLC’s for Practice-Anti-Glaucoma Medication Prescribing
➢ Part 2-Designated Health Professions of HPA
➢ TPA Update
This is an open book exam. Contact the College to request the printed study material.
Upon successful completion of the Jurisprudence Exam, to become registered with the College, you will be required to pay the applicable registration fee set out in Schedule E. If your application is denied, the reasons and next steps will be outlined in the Registrar’s letter.
Registration Application Submitted – things to know
You must notify the College, as soon as possible, if any information in your Application changes.
Applications are valid for one (1) year from the date the application is received by the College. If your application is not completed within this time, you will have to re-apply, pay the application fee set out in Schedule E, and submit all supporting documentation required by the Bylaws current at the time of the application.
Documents for registration submitted in acceptable form are reviewed to ensure compliance with the current regulatory scheme, and recorded and filed in accordance with established College policies and practice. The original documents are to be retained as the property of the College.
The Jurisprudence Examination fee, as set out in Schedule E , is 50% refundable if a written request for refund is received by the College prior to the registration application deadline for the next sitting of the Jurisprudence Exam or if the registration application is withdrawn. The Assessment of registration application fee is not refundable.