Who needs to reinstate?

Licensed Opticians who have had their registration suspended will need to apply for reinstatement if they wish to continue practicing as a Licensed Optician. If you does not renew your registration by the March 31 deadline, you will receive an official notice of suspension and be required to reinstate your license in order to return to practice. 


You can apply to reinstate your license 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 "Reinstate License" 
  • Complete the form.
  • Ensure your criminal record check is up to date.
  • Pay the applicable reinstatement fees and registration fees to COBC.

You can review the current reinstatement and registration fees here.

Please note if your continuing competency program requirements are not up to date, you will need to contact COBC prior to submitting your reinstatement application. 

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. The results of the assessment, along with all other application materials, will be evaluated by COBC and you will be notified in writing of the next steps required to complete your registration. 

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