Regulating Caring & Competent Eyecare

In Brunswick since 1976

For applicants who are not currently licensed in Canada/Non-Accredited Education
Canadian and international applicants who have not graduated from a Canadian accredited program may be accepted for registration when they have a combination of knowledge, skills, experience and abilities, which are substantially equivalent to the requirements for new applicants. These applicants will complete a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition process (PLAR).  The PLAR process consists of a document review, Competency Gap Analysis (CGA)and Case-Based Interview. The CGA is a supervised online multiple-choice assessment, the Case-Based interview (CBI) is an interview which is conducted either in person or remotely through electronic methods. Both the CGA and CBI are based on the competencies in the National Competencies for Canadian Opticians.  The scores on the CGA and CBI are combined in a computer-generated score card, known as an Integrated Candidate Scorecard (ICS). The results are used to determine if there are any gaps in the candidate’s knowledge and skills.  If additional education is required bridging modules will be assigned to upgrade the candidate’s knowledge and skills.
To begin the PLAR process:
  1. Obtain an  application from OANB by contacting us at:
  2. Complete & return the application, all documents & fees to the Optician’s Association of New Brunswick (OANB) office.
  3. Once your application has been reviewed & approved, a CGA & CBI will be conducted. If upgrading is required, the applicant must complete free online modules at:, pay the fee, complete a post-test with a pass mark of 80%.
4.   All post-test results must be submitted to OANB for approval, prior to challenging the NACOR National Examination.
       5.   Successful PLAR candidates will be required to pay the exam fee & pass the NACOR National Examination(s) prior to being eligible for licensure in any province in Canada. 
             For more information on the National Examination visit the NACOR website at:
       6.  When the applicant has passed the NACOR exam, they may apply for licensure in New Brunswick. The OANB Council must approve the application, and the applicant must
             pay the licensing fee before he/she is issued a license number.
a).  Completed application form
b).  Two passport photos
c).  Details of work experience – Information to be recorded on Dispensing experience & fittings form attached.
d).  Transcripts of formal education – Include name and location of school, date of enrolment and graduation, grade achieved, course outlines and if the program is accredited in its
       jurisdiction provide the name of the accrediting agency.
e).  Any of the applicable information and/or documents listed below that you may have:
  • Have you successfully challenged a licensure/certification examination in another country? If yes, provide the name of certifying agency, date of examination and
mark achieved (must provide proof from the certifying agency). 
  • Letters of personal reference and professional competence: Must match details of work experience and be verifiable.
  • Letters of registration or licensure: Are you registered or licensed in another country?  If yes, provide a letter from the regulatory organization. It must include the name of the regulatory organization, the location, your class of standing, status, expiration and a notation of any disciplinary action.
ICES, IQAS or WES: If you have had your international credentials evaluated in Canada please provide the report. If required see website information on the Fee Information
page on the application.
Language proficiency: Applicants must demonstrate a proficiency in English. If you have completed an English as a Second Language (ESL) course please provide the name of the course you completed, the level completed and a copy of any certification.
If you have any questions please contact us at:
For more information on the PLAR process and the National Competencies for Canadian
Opticians visit