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All Registered Dispensing Opticians and Contact Lens Fitters (practicing and non-practicing) are required to complete the mandatory continuing education (MCE) requirements set out by the College of Opticians of BC.


OVERVIEW OF MCE REQUIREMENTS 




 MCE Cycle
  • 3 year cycle (eg: Jan 1, 2010 to Dec 31, 2012)




 Total required credits over 3 years
  • Dispensing Optician = 21
  • Contact Lens Fitter = 36




 MCE Category
  • Dispensing Optician = 12 EG minimum
  • Contact Lens Fitter = 12 EG and 15 CL minimum




 MCE Activity Source
  • 2/3 = Professional provider
  • 1/3 = any other provider




Carryover Limit 
  • Dispensing Optician = 7 credits
  • Contact Lens Fitter = 12 credits


MCE CYCLE REQUIREMENTS 
Each registrant is assigned to a continuing education cycle based on the year in which they were first registered as a Licensed Optician. Each cycle is 3 years in length beginning January 1st and all CE credits are due on December 31st of the third year.

Dispensing Opticians - 21 credits over an assigned 3 year cycle (maximum 7 carry over credits may be advanced to the next cycle).

Contact Lens Fitters - 36 credits over an assigned 3 year cycle (maximum 12 carry over credits may be advanced to the next cycle).

Non-practicing Registrants - require the same number of credits over an assigned 3 year cycle as practicing registrants.

Reinstated Registrants - required to fulfill MCE requirements for every MCE cycle missed while their registration was suspended before returning to registered status. All reinstated Licensed Opticians are placed back into their original three-year cycle, regardless of how long their certificate of registration was suspended.


MCE CATEGORY REQUIREMENTS
CE courses and activities are categorized into four distinct areas of Opticianry:

1) Dispensing Practice (EG)
2) Contact Lens Practice (CL)
3) Personal Advancement - Related Fields (RF)
4) Both Dispensing and Contact Lens Practice (EC)

NOTE: EC credits can be used towards both your EG and CL requirements

Dispensing Opticians - require minimum of 12 EG credits
Contact Lens Fitters - require minimum of 12 EG credits and 15 CL credits



SOURCE OF MCE ACTIVITIES
There are 2 categories of continuing education providers:

1) Professional providers (2/3 credits)

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

The professional providers are:
  • All Canadian educational institutions with accredited Licensed Optician programs
  • Canadian provincial/national Licensed Opticians 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 CE credit requirements through other providers:
  • Private training
  • Industry corporations
  • Allied professions
2/3 of your MCE credits must come from a professional provider and the other 1/3 can come from any other MCE provider.


Should you have any questions about your MCE cycle requirements, please contact the College office at (604) 278-7510 or email reception@cobc.ca.
Notice of Proposed Bylaw Amendments
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The Board of the College of Opticians of BC (COBC) proposes to amend the COBC’s Bylaws to allow electronic voting and to allow the conduct of COBC business over electronic methods.
The Board of the College of Opticians of BC (COBC) proposes to amend the COBC’s Bylaws to allow electronic voting and to allow the conduct of COBC business over electronic methods.

Notice of the proposed bylaw amendments is provided to the Minister of Health, the public, and other interested shareholders as required by section 19(6.2) of the Health Professions Act.

Please click the link for the proposed bylaw changes, including the “track changes” version.
Registration Administrator Position
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Registration Administrator Position Job Type: 12 months, full-time contract Salary: Based on experience Number of Positions Open: 1 Start Date of Employment: Negotiable Deadline: August 3, 2015 Website Address: www.cobc.ca The College of Opticians of British Columbia (the "College") is the health regulatory body for all Opticians in BC. The College is responsible for regulating Opticianry in the public interest and ensuring that Opticians are providing competent and effective care to help people achieve better vision. The Registration Administrator position is a good opportunity to gain experience in professional nonprofit and healthcare administration, specializing in the field of health profession regulation. The Registration Administrator is responsible for providing administrative support to the office and the Registrar.
Registration Administrator Position Job Type: 12 months, full-time contract Salary: Based on experience Number of Positions Open: 1 Start Date of Employment: Negotiable. Deadline August 3, 2015 Website Address: www.cobc.ca The College of Opticians of British Columbia (the "College") is the health regulatory body for all Opticians in BC. The College is responsible for regulating Opticianry in the public interest and ensuring that Opticians are providing competent and effective care to help people achieve better vision. The Registration Administrator position is a good opportunity to gain experience in professional nonprofit and healthcare administration, specializing in the field of health profession regulation. The Registration Administrator is responsible for providing administrative support to the office and the Registrar through the following responsibilities (including but not limited to): Registration Committee • Providing administrative support for Registration Committee, including agendas, minutes, reports, program development and member orientation • Administration of the registration files of registrants • Responding to enquiries regarding registration processes and procedures • Providing administrative and logistical support for national examinations • Facilitating the Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR) process for applicants Preparing quarterly reports to the Board on the registration committee's progress • Data management of registrant profiles Office Administration • General reception and office duties • Accounting responsibilities including bookkeeping and cost efficiency tracking • Other administrative and support responsibilities as required In addition, you will assist in the administration of the College through writing letters, reports, policy research, and website management. The COBC is dedicated to training and equipping you in the field of professional non-profit and healthcare administration. Qualifications: • Undergraduate degree (new graduates are encouraged to apply) • Strong analytical skills and the ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple tasks • Excellent computer software skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office and database applications • Excellent verbal and written communication skills • Ability to prioritize, organize and problem-solve • Attention to detail • Self-starter who works independently without supervision • Professional and service-oriented • Interest in health legislation and regulation • Knowledge of accounting systems and bookkeeping would be an asset • CMS knowledge is an asset • Committee experience would be an asset Contact Information: Please direct enquiries, resumes, and cover letters with salary expectation* to: Megan Ryland Registration Administrator recruitment at cobc dot ca *Applications that do not indicate a desired salary will not be reviewed


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