Preparing you to become a
Licensed Optician


  • The minimum educational requirement to qualify for entry to any of the NACOR accredited courses is high school graduation or the equivalent. Candidates should visit the school website for their chosen program’s particular prerequisites.
  • For registration with the Opticians Association of New Brunswick as an apprentice – thus granting permission to work, under supervision, dispensing eyewear during the practical segment of the course – it is necessary to provide three letters of character reference.

Accredited courses:

Currently, there are 8 accredited programs in Canada, which come from:

  • Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT): For students in Alberta, the course comes directly from NAIT. For students elsewhere in Canada, the course is distributed by the Opticians Association of Canada (OAC) – in either English or French.. This course is a two-year online theory course combined with 4 practicum levels, and is only available to those already working in an optical dispensary. Successful students receive a diploma in eyeglass dispensing, and may go to a second two-year program for contact lenses. For more information, go to:

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In addition to the accredited courses listed above, there are also two French-language programs available in the province of Quebec:

College Edouard Montpetit (Longeuil Campus). For information, go to:

College St. Francois Xavier Garneau (Quebec City): For information, go to:

The practical component: All courses have a clinical, or practicum component. If a student is doing all, or part, of their practical component in the province of New Brunswick – whether in an optical dispensary or in a college setting where members of the public are being fitted - the student must register as an apprentice with the Opticians of New Brunswick in order to legally practice dispensing while supervised. Forms and information may be obtained by emailing a request to

The National Optical Science Examination (NOS): The last step before registration and licensure as an optician, the NOS Practical Examination is administered by the National Association of Canadian Optician Regulators (NACOR). There is one examination for Eyeglasses and one examination for Contact Lenses. For examination schedules and details, go to

Application for Registration and Licensure: Upon successful completion of an accredited course in optical dispensing, and successful completion of the relevant NOS examination(s), the student may apply for registration with the OANB as a licensed optician. Along with the application form, the applicant must submit an official transcript of marks from the optical dispensing course completed, and confirmation from

NACOR of his/her marks on the NACOR examination(s), plus payment of the licensing fee for the current year. The current licensing fee (as of August 1, 2016) is $425.00, and will cover licensure for the year, or part of the year, until the next August 1st. To request an application, please email a request to

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