Who needs to reinstate?

Registrants who have had their registration suspended will need to apply for reinstatement if they wish to continue practicing as an Optician. Should a registrant fail to renew their registration by the March 31 deadline, they will receive an official notice of suspension.



Suspended registrants can apply to reinstate their licence at any time by completing the following steps: 

  • Visit cobc.ca.
  • Go to "Opticians Login" at the top of the page.
  • Log in using your username and password. 
  • Select the "Change of Status" tab.
  • Select "I want to reinstate my licence".
  • Complete the form.
  • Ensure your continuing education is up to date.
  • Ensure your criminal record check is up to date.
  • Pay the applicable reinstatement fees and registration fees to the College (after completing the application)

You can review the current reinstatement and registration fees here.

If your registration has been suspended for 3 or more years, you will need to undergo an additional review process. This is to determine whether you've maintained the skill level and knowledge required to meet the opticianry standards outlined in the national competencies. The assessment consists of a multiple-choice examination based on the national competencies; there is an assessment fee of $300 per designation. The results of the assessment, along with all other application materials, will be provided to the COBC’s Registration Committee for consideration. The Registration Committee will determine the best steps to return-to-practice. 

Applicants may be returned directly to Practicing status, or may be directed to complete additional coursework to address competency concerns identified in the review process.

The newly reinstated Licensed Optician will continue to follow their original three-year mandatory Continuing Education credit cycle, based on the date they were first registered with the College of Opticians.

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