College of Opticians of British Columbia is increasing some of the registration fees for 2020-2021. Please see below for fees, which will be in effect as of February 10th, 2020.

COBC did not increase fees between 2012 and 2017, but in 2018 and 2019 we found the need to offset inflation and increased costs incurred by the ongoing evolution of regulation in BC and increasing demands on the College as a result. This is something that will continue to be a consideration each year. Here are some of the reasons behind the increase that the COBC have decided to implement:

  • Statutory Programs

Our continued commitment to our existing statutory programs and developing new initiatives requires further investment, specifically the ongoing development and management of the Continuing Competency Program.

  • Increase in Complaints

2019 saw an increase in complaints made to the College. This has required us to invest more in investigation processes, disciplinary hearings and human resources to deal with the risks to public safety related to these complaints.

  • Better Information Systems

We have invested in better technology to increase the security of registrant’s data and to improve administrative processes, making registration and renewal more efficient.

To read the COBC’s annual and financial report, please click here

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Registrar, Lisa Bannerman, at lbannerman@cobc.ca or (604) 742-6472 ext. 6316.


Initial Registration


Classification Application Fee Registration Fee Total
Registered Optician 195.00 590.00 785.00
Registered Optician and Contact Lens Fitter 195.00 615.00 810.00
Registered Optician and Automated Refraction Certification 195.00
640.00
835.00
Registered Optician and Contact Lens Fitter and Automated Refraction Certification 195.00 665.00 860.00
Non-Practicing Registrant 195.00 275.00 470.00




Renewal Fees


Classification  Application Fee Registration Fee Total
Registered Optician N/A 590.00 590.00
Registered Optician and Contact Lens Fitter N/A 615.00 615.00
Registered Optician and Automated Refraction Certification N/A 640.00 640.00
Registered Optician and Contact Lens Fitter and Automated Refraction Certification N/A 665.00 665.00
Non-Practicing Registrant N/A 275.00 275.00



Change of Status Fees


Classification Application Fee Registration Fee Total
Non-Practicing to Practicing License N/A 315.00 315.00
add on Contact Lens Fitter N/A 25.00 25.00
add on Automated Refraction Certification   N/A 50.00 50.00




Late Penalties


Classification  Application Fee Registration Fee Total
Registered Optician  N/A N/A 200.00
Registered Optician and Contact Lens Fitter  N/A N/A 200.00
Registered Optician and Automated Refraction Certification N/A N/A 200.00
Registered Optician and Contact Lens Fitter and Automated Refraction Certification  N/A N/A 200.00
Non-Practicing Registrant  N/A N/A 96.25




Reinstatement Fee


Classification  Application Fee Registration Fee Total
Reinstatement within 1 year of suspension  N/A $200.00 $200.00
Annually, to a maximum of 3 years (after 1 year of suspension) N/A 290.00 290.00
Competency Gap Analysis Fee (for applications more than 3 years from the date of suspension) N/A N/A 300.00




Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)


Type Application Fee Registration Fee Total
Document Assessment Fee N/A N/A 225.00
Competency Gap Analysis and Case-Based Interview Fee (for each area of practice) N/A N/A 650.00

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