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Registration Details

The Application (click here for application form)

The following documents should accompany the application. False, misleading or missing information may disqualify the applicant from the PLAR process or may be cause of revocation for any granted registration.

  1. Official Educational transcripts: provide the applicant’s optical education and other education believed to be related.

  2. Educational certificates and diplomas: optical education or other education believed to be related. 

  3. Resumes:  detailed as possible regarding work history,experience, education.  Also provide any volunteer work and past or present membership with various professional organizations. Provide an explanation for any gaps in employment.  Provide 3 work related references that can be reached by phone.  Use additional pages if necessary. 

  4. Letters of reference: letters from former employers/supervisors/mentors.

  5. Licences/certificates of regulatory body registration: optical field or other related field

  6. ICES or similar assessment if trained outside of Canada - Click on the following link to view the requirements.  http://www.bcit.ca/ices/general/requirements/  
    Note: A PLAR application may be submitted without ICES but if the application is accompanied with insufficient evidence of education or it is difficult to verify authenticity of documentation, the application may be rejected. 
    Similar assessment services may be used.  Click on the following link to view some other options. http://eriec.ca/resources/immigrants/credential-assessment/

  7. If trained in Canada but the applicant did not complete education through an accredited optical program in Canada, the applicant should provide a short essay, to a maximum of 250 words.  The essay should explain in first person how the applicant acquired optical skills and knowledge, how or why the applicant entered the optical industry and why the applicant did not enroll in or complete an accredited optical program in Canada.  PLAR will not be accepted as a planned future alternative to completing an accredited optical program in Canada.  Only extenuating circumstances will be considered. 

  8. Proof of English proficiency - if the applicant’s first language is not English, proving proficiency will be required in one of the following. 

 

The Assessment Process:

After the Nova Scotia College of Dispensing Opticians (NSCDO) registrar has received a completed application, supporting documents and registration fee, the application package will be forwarded to the NSCDO Registration Committee.  The committee will review the application and documents and will proceed with the one of the following actions:  

  • Approve the application and the applicant will be scheduled for the CGA test and interview.
  • Request additional documentation
  • Reject the application due to reasons such as insufficient education and/or experience, an incomplete application form, or missing or invalid documentation.

Next, the candidate will pay the assessment fee and be scheduled to take the Competency Gap Analysis (CGA), an online testing tool administered under supervision by the Registrar or a member of the interview committee. The applicant must show a recent Canadian provincial or federal government issued photo identification. Name on application must exactly match name on identification. 

Once the CGA results have been received and reviewed by the Registration Committee, the Registrar will schedule a personal interview with two to four members of the interview committee. The committee will ask the candidate some questions and can take as long as 3 hours. The interview may be video recorded. The applicant must show a recent Canadian provincial or federal government issued photo identification. Name on application must exactly match name on identification.

The registration committee will review the application, CGA and interview results as a whole,usually within two weeks following the completion of the interview. The applicant can expect a written response from the Registrar with any of the following registration committee recommendations:

  •  The applicant demonstrates adequate knowledge and skill and may proceed directly to the National Optical Science examination. If applying for both eyeglass and contact lens licensure, the candidate will need to take both National Optical Science examinations. Click on www.nacor.ca for more information and dates. Passing the exam will allow the candidate to apply for registration as an optician with the Nova Scotia College of Dispensing Opticians.

  • The applicant demonstrates some deficiencies in knowledge and/or skill and will be recommended to register as a Student Optician with the Nova Scotia College of Dispensing Opticians and complete bridging with distance delivered educational modules through the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). The number of modules recommended typically will be anywhere between one and seven, and is at the discretion of the registration committee. Each module takes approximately 50 hours to complete. See PLAR fee schedule for cost of modules. Providing proof of completion will allow the applicant to proceed to the National Optical Exam. 

  • The applicant demonstrates some deficiencies in knowledge and/or skill and will be recommended to register as a student optician with the Nova Scotia College of Dispensing Opticians and complete a recommended number of hours working under supervision of an optician or optometrist in an optical dispensary or optometry office. Providing proof of completion will allow the applicant to proceed to the National Optical Exam.

  • The applicant demonstrates some deficiencies in knowledge and/or skill and will be recommended to register as a student optician with the Nova Scotia College of Dispensing Opticians and complete a combination of bridging with educational modules through NAIT and are commended number of hours working under supervision of an optician or optometrist in an optical dispensary or optometry office. Providing proof of completion of both will allow the applicant to proceed to the National Optical Exam.

  • The applicant demonstrates large gaps in knowledge and/or skill and will denied registration through PLAR and will be recommended to become an optician by enrolling in and completing an accredited opticians program in Canada. 


Appeal

The applicant has aright to appeal the registration committee’s decision.  Appeals must be submitted in writing to NSCDOwithin 30 days of the date of the registration committee’s decision letter.


Registration

The candidate must complete the application (click here for application) and pay the current registration fee (click here for list of fees) for registration as an optician in the province of Nova Scotia. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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