Mandatory Continuing Education (MCE) Requirements 

(*For registrants with credit cycles ending in 2018 and 2019 only. Registrants who completed their cycle in 2017 are now on the new Continuing Competency Program)

MCE courses and activities are categorized into four distinct areas of Opticianry:
 
1) EG - Dispensing Practice 
2) CL - Contact Lens Practice
3) RF - Personal Advancement - Related Fields
4) EC - Both Dispensing and Contact Lens Practice

Please note, EC credits can be used towards both your EG and CL requirements

Dispensing Opticians require 21 credits, with a minimum of 12 EG credits.
Contact Lens Fitters require 36 credits, with a minimum of 12 EG credits and 15 CL credits.


SOURCE OF MCE ACTIVITIES
There are 2 continuing education provider categories:

1) Professional Providers (2/3 credits) 

The role of the professional provider is to ensure all registrants have access to their Continuing Education courses and activities, and that their Continuing Education is specific and relevant to Opticianry issues and developments. We require all registrants to obtain at least 2/3 of their Continuing Education credits through Continuing Education courses and activities by professional providers.

The professional providers are:
 All Canadian educational institutions with accredited Licensed Optician programs
 Canadian provincial/national Licensed Optician associations 
 Approved study clubs 
 Recognized Canadian provincial Opticianry organizations

2) Other Providers (1/3 credits) 

Registrants can complete a maximum of 1/3 of their MCE credit requirements through other providers: 
 Private training
 Industry corporations
 Allied professions

Should you have any questions about your MCE cycle requirements, please contact us at (604) 278-7510 or email reception@cobc.ca.

How to submit credits

When your credit cycle is due, please send in an MCE Submission Summary form, along with proof of your attendance, to our office via:
  • Email - reception@cobc.ca
  • Mail  - 2855 Arbutus Street, Vancouver BC, V6J 3Y8
  • Fax - 604-278-7594
You can find application forms, summary forms, and a list of already accredited courses on the right side of the page. 

Please remember, if your MCE cycle ended December 31, 2017, you will be starting the new Continuing Competency Program (CCP) as of April, 2018. For more information click here. 

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