Last updated: August 31, 2018
- Manitoba Association of Optometrists (MAO)
- Federation of Optometric Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FORAC) is the national organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of the profession. Through its Credentialing Office, FORAC oversees the application and credential assessment process for IEOs seeking registration to practice optometry in any Canadian province or territory (except QC). FORAC is not a regulatory body.
- See MAO Step 1: “Credential Assessment” at Internationally Educated Optometrists;
- See FORAC Pathway to Registration: Step 3 – Obtain a World Education Services (WES-ICAP) credential evaluation report. FORAC refers IEOs to World Education Services (WES) for purposes of degree verification and course-by- course assessment. WES is a member of the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada (ACESC). WES is not a regulatory body. Prospective applicants must contact FORAC for details before applying to WES.
- FORAC’s Canadian Optometric Evaluation Committee (COEC) also conducts an academic credential assessment (COEC Assessment).
- See FORAC Pathway to Registration: Step 5 – Complete the application for credential assessment.
- See FORAC Pathway to Registration: Step 4 – Confirmation of English proficiency test (if required)
- University of Waterloo International Optometric Bridging Program
Professional competency profiles:
- See the Optometry Examining Board of Canada (OEBC) – National Competency Profile for Entry-Level Optometry
National examining body:
- The Optometry Examining Board of Canada (OEBC) administers the entry-to-practice examination in Canada. OEBC is not a regulatory body.
- Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO) membership is automatic upon registration with an optometric regulatory body in Canada. CAO offers student membership. CAO is not a regulatory body.
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Related occupations / alternate careers:
There are many reasons an internationally-educated optometrist may be interested in working in a related occupation. Related occupations provide an individual with the opportunity to:
- apply his/her skills and experience in a different (but related) occupation;
- gain meaningful, interim employment while pursuing professional certification;
- gain meaningful, alternative employment (as a stepping stone or career goal) if he/she chooses not to pursue professional certification or if he/she is not eligible to pursue professional certification.
Listed below are examples of occupations in the broader field of optical health and services. While each occupation will have its own set of employment requirements, none are regulated occupations in Manitoba and therefore do not have certification / registration requirements with a professional regulatory body. Employers often, however, require applicants to have job-specific experience, training, and/or certification. Always check the hiring criteria carefully. Hiring criteria is set by the employer and will vary from employer to employer.
|3237||Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment (incl. ophthalmic assistant/technician)|
|3414||Other assisting occupations in support of health services (incl. ophthalmic laboratory technician – retail, ophthalmic lens grinder, optical laboratory assistant, and optometrist assistant)|
Note: This Fact Sheet was developed by Manitoba Education and Training, Immigration and Economic Opportunities Division. It serves as a guide and will be updated periodically. When researching information on professional registration policies and procedures, always refer to the regulator to ensure accurate, up-to-date information.
1 The Government of Canada updates the National Occupational Classification (NOC) every five years. At present, users can access three versions of NOC (2016, 2011, and 2006) on the NOC website. With each update, some NOC codes will change but the majority will stay the same. When searching an occupation on the NOC website always use the most recent version (NOC 2016). The Government of Canada also operates Job Bank using NOC codes. Job Bank, however, currently operates on NOC 2011. When navigating on Job Bank, always use 2011 NOC codes.