If you have recently graduated from a Recognized School of Optometry, and wish to apply for registration to practise optometry in British Columbia, you are required to successfully complete the application process summarized below, attend the College Orientation Session and successfully pass the Jurisprudence Examination.
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.
• 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)
• Arrange for your academic transcripts (undergraduate and graduate), to be sent directly to the College. If you have not yet graduated, arrange for the institution at which you are studying to provide the College with a letter that states your 4th year enrolment status, and expected date of graduation. Upon graduation, a final transcript must be provided to the College from the issuing institution
• Arrange for CACO or NBEO transcript to be sent to the College.
• The College accepts successful completion of NBEO (parts I, II, III & TMOD) as equivalent to CACO.
If all items noted above are received and deemed acceptable, you will be asked to confirm your attendance of the Jurisprudence Examination & College Orientation Session, and forward a cheque or money order in the amount of $200 CDN (payable to College of Optometrists of BC).
Prepare for the Jurisprudence Exam by studying the following:
➢ Optometrists Regulation
➢ Bylaws of the College
➢ Policies of the College
➢ SLCs in the Treatment of Eye Disease
➢ SLCs – 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.